Watched GLOW and Read a Book

So as you’ve probably heard, the latest hot show on Netflix is GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling), a dramatized story about the backstage workings of the comedy wrestling show of the same name from back in the 80s. The original was actually a hot show in syndication, though it was one of the dumbest things you’ll find related to wrestling. I checked out the new series though and it’s actually quite good.

The show is a drama built around how the show is put together and how the girls were brought in. It’s certainly entertaining and goes by very fast (ten episodes, the longest of which doesn’t even break forty minutes, meaning you can knock out the season in just a day), which helps fix a major flaw in a lot of these online originals: episodes basically being short movies instead of TV shows.

There are a bunch of wrestling cameos, with John Morrison, Brodus Clay, Carlito, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian as the most notable. That’s the best wrestling stuff on the show though, as GLOW certainly wasn’t known for its in-ring product. They do a pretty entertaining job of showing how the training portion works though and that’s always cool to see from an outsider’s perspective.

Check the show out if you have the chance, but keep in mind that it is NOT PG. There’s a bit of nudity, a lot of swearing and some rather adult plotlines. It’s going to be around for at least another season and that’s a good sign as it’s one of the best depictions of wrestling I’ve seen in a very long time. It’s worth seeing and given how fast you can go through the season, it’s an easy watch.

On the other front, I recently received a rather nice Amazon gift card and spent a good chunk of it on a pile of wrestling books. The first one I finished off was Tim Hornbaker’s Capitol Revolution, the story of the New York territory which of course became the WWE of today. This is a good choice if you want a look at the older days (it goes back to the 1920s and carries forward), which is a period that isn’t often covered.

The book is rather detailed to start and covers a lot of the backstage nature of the territory. There are a lot of names that you might be familiar with (Toots Mondt, Strangler Lewis, Jess McMahon) and several you won’t (who I won’t list because, you know, they won’t mean much to you). You get a good look at how the structure worked back then, which goes to show you how things tend to stay the same over the years. It’s a very interesting look back at how the system used to work, which isn’t something you get to see very often.

Now the problem is how fast the pace picks up. The book is less than 300 pages and the first two thirds or so cover the origins up until the rise of Bruno Sammartino. Then the speeds picks WAY up and we’re suddenly at the Rock N Wrestling Connection era, which is where things wrap up. It feels like they hit a deadline and had to wrap things up instead of letting it build like they wanted it to. The majority of the book is very entertaining though and worth checking out, though I could have gone for a much longer edition. Still though, check it out if you like the historical aspect of wrestling.

4 comments

  1. Mike M. says:

    Have you read any of the “Titan” series from James Dixon? They explore the behind-the-scenes from the WWF/E in the mid 90’s. Fascinating and relatively quick reads.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Have them on the Kindle (also bought with the card) but haven’t gotten to them yet.

    Mike M. Reply:

    Looking forward to your thoughts on them when you get around to them. There’s a documentary on GLOW on Netflix also that is pretty entertaining as well.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    I’ve seen the documentary. That’s what led to the creation of the series actually.