ByMatt Juul, writer at
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Matt Juul

Thanks to Alison Brie's new Netflix series GLOW, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are making a comeback in a big way.

While the comedy show puts a spotlight on the antics of these '80s pro wrestling stars, whatever happened to the actual female-focused organization? Well, it's a little complicated.

Since GLOW took a more comedic take on the wrestling scene, using models, actresses and dancers as its stars, the laughs were just as big a part of the show as the fights. The televised matches ran for four seasons between 1986 and 1990, with a total of 26 episodes shot for each season.

A fifth season was planned for 1991, however, the organization suffered some serious financial woes. Despite the setback, they were able to put on a pay-per-view special that year called "Canvas Carnage," which featured clips from every performer who's ever thrown down in the company's history.

After a decade-long hiatus, GLOW eventually did make a comeback in 2001 under new owner Ursula Hayden, who previously portrayed classic characters like Babe the Farmer's Daughter and Donna Matrix. The organization, which is still around today and occasionally puts on shows, piqued the interest of TV producers when a 2012 documentary on GLOW became an unexpected hit. This led to its eventual incarnation in the form of a Netflix series.

Although the company hasn't gone the way of the dinosaurs just yet and may be in for a surge in popularity depending on how the streaming show fairs, long gone are the days of the 80's style antics. At least they'll live on in Brie's Netflix series.


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