8 Great is our new, extremely original listicle series where we take a break from snark and negativity to focus on the positive and list eight of our favorite examples of something great from pro wrestling. Matches, performers, shows – whatever is helping us enjoy wrestling in a particular week, that’s what this feature is all about.
Season three of Netflix’s hit GLOW airs a week from today, August 9, and we wanted to celebrate the return of our favorite show on the service (to note feature a depressed horse) by discussing eight of our favorite moments from seasons one and two.
An important note here is that GLOW is at times a very dramatic and spoiler-unfriendly kind of show, so we made sure to pick eight moments that won’t spoil any of the major character or plot developments, in case you haven’t seen it yet. The idea is to get you to want to see it, and if you’re already to the point of reading about pro wrestling on the Internet, chances are, you’ll like it. Read with confidence, as we’ll only spoil a bunch of minor things.
Keep in mind, though, that most of the scenes and moments that earn actors awards — like the 2019 Emmy Betty Gilpin 100% deserves and will hopefully win — are the most important in the series, so don’t take our biased focus on the “in-ring” stuff to think there’s not more going on. It’s a great show, hopefully you don’t still need the hard sell after two seasons.
Anyway, here are 8 Great moments from seasons 1 and 2 of GLOW.
Playing With Stereotypes
While the first two episodes of the show are amazing tone-setters, one of the first truly great moments of GLOW happens in episode three. Marc Maron’s Sam Sylvia wants the show to have a dense narrative about cyborg lesbian mutants in a post-apocalyptic future, but the idea for the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling doesn’t really connect until the cast discovers the costume closet at the home of the show’s “money mark,” Sebastian ‘Bash’ Howard.
Through his suspiciously thorough selection of costumes, the girls begin playing with absurd 1980s pro wrestling steroetypes like “Beirut the Mad Bomber,” “Fortune Cookie” (catchphrase: “I am Fortune Cookie … an Asian!”), and the Burger King crown-wearing “Welfare Queen.” The character tryouts are hilarious and as off-putting as you’d expect, and it’s kind of like watching a car crash in slow motions. There were drugs in the robot, guys, the ’80s were a different time.