GLOW Season 3: 5 Facts About Netflix’s Spandex-laden Wrestling TV Show

Netflix’s Emmy nominated comedy series The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) is a comedy web television series that has come to attract a decent amount of following. The TV series which showcases various characters and events in the syndicated women’s professional wrestling circuit of the 1980s, started its first season (GLOW Season 1) on Netflix on June 23, 2017, and had a second (GLOW Season 2) successful run starting on June 29, 2018, and a third, GLOW Season 3, which premiered on August 9, 2019. The show has been a resounding success so much so that on September 20, 2019, its fourth and final season was renewed much to the delight of its teeming fans.

The show basically focuses on the identity crisis the ladies of GLOW face with their wrestling ring personas and the sharp contrast it has with their real-life outside the fighting ring. The storyline focuses more on Zoya the Destroya, the team cheerleader whose career in the ring began to take a backseat following the various complicated issues she battled in her personal life. On the other hand, the show also focused on Liberty Belle, another main character in the series who is doing pretty well as a producer but is constantly hurting because of the distance that exists between her and her young son. With these realities playing out in the lives of these women who are another thing entirely in the wrestling business, a lot of twists were thrown into the fray in season 3. Here are facts about GLOW’s third season.

1. Some of the Casts are real-life Wrestlers

For a show like Glow which revolves around female wrestlers in the 80s and the exploits they did, one might often tend to wonder if indeed any of the cast members is or was a wrestler. The fact is Kia Stevens whose full name is Kia Michelle Stevens is actually an American wrestler who doubles as an actress. She has fought in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment where she got famous as Kharma. In the Japanese wrestling circuit, her ring name is “Amazing Kong.”

As a professional wrestler, Kia has recorded several wins in her career which include winning the TNA Knockouts Championship twice, WWWA World Single Championship, AWA Superstars of Wrestling World Women’s Championship and the NWA World Women’s Championship once.

In GLOW, Tia plays the character of The Welfare Queen. She began starring in the series in season 2 and has kept her place in the show till the current season.

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Kia Stevens and Betty Gilpin in GLOW (2017)

2. GLOW Is Fictional

Throughout the seasons, some fans of GLOW have often wondered and asked if the show is based on real-life stories of real-life characters of female wrestlers in the 80s. The simple answer is no. Glow is a scripted comedy-drama show. It, however, tells fictional stories about real-life events in the 1980’s professional wrestling promotion from then Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

3. The Show Features Real-Life Personas

Some of the characters seen on GLOW season 3 and even in the previous episodes are real-life people. They include Dawn and Stacey’s characters who in reality are based on Edna and Ethel Rosenblatt, The Housewives whose real-life counterparts are Arlene and Phyllis, Ozone and Nuke (The Toxic Twins) who are Chainsaw and Spike. It is noted that the in-ring personas – Housewives and Heavy metal sisters are the same persons. They changed their in-ring persona at the time because they felt the former wasn’t sexy enough.

4. The Ratings Have Been Sky-high

The wrestling TV show got off on a very good start. Right from its first season, Glow earned the praise of critics and a commendable following by the audience. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has been rated thus: season 1 – 94% Tomatometer and 90% Audience Score, season 2 – 98% Tomatometer and 90% Audience Score while GLOW season 3 has 89% Tomatometer score and 78% Audience Score. On IMDb, the TV series couldn’t have been rated worse. GLOW season 3 is rated 8.0/10 on the Internet Movie Database website.

5. GLOW Has Already Won Some Awards

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Betty Gilpin (R) And Alison Brie (L) In Glow: image source

As a good TV show with a dedicated crop of a growing number of followers, GLOW has won some of its crew a couple of awards from numerous nominations. Some of the awards include Todd Fjelsted’s 2018 Art Directors Guild Awards in the category of Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series, Shauna Diggins’ 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program and Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program.

Others are GLOW stunt ensemble 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series and 2018 Satellite Awards for Best Musical or Comedy Series. With Glow season 3 already performing above expectations, the TV show is expected to win more awards.


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