The thing about being a geek is, once you've latched on to a new obsession, you will dive deep into the subject, bathing in as much of the nuance and ephemera as you can get your hands on.
Nothing is above, or below, study.
I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but sometimes the basis of things is worth revisiting.
Such was my M/mania for the sport of kings in the mid-1980s. Professional wresting grabbed my interest and wouldn't let go. I don't know if it was the morality plays in spandex, the real-life super-heroics or the influx of female valets, but I simply couldn't get enough.
That made Saturdays my high holy days.
Growing up in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Saturday afternoon I could watch wrestling from 9am until 7pm ALMOST non-stop.
Verne Gagne's floundering AWA had and early morning spot of ESPN.
Then it was time for the greatest of them all, Bill Watts' Mid-South/UWF. This was out regional promotion and, though I didn't know it at the time, it was perhaps the greatest of them all.
That was followed by the clan warfare of the Von Erich led WCCW.
Then Vince McMahon's ridiculous Hogan-based WWF was on.
Later, it would be the Southern-fried genius of WCW.
That's a lot of rasslin.
But that wasn't all.
Between WWF and WCW there was another show. A corny female based promotion called Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
I'm not going to claim any moral high ground or progressive thought as to why I watched GLOW
. It was the hot chicks spandex beating each other up. It was like those apartment wrestling ads I'd seen in The Wrestler
(magazine not movie) come to life.
The production was subpar. The writing made WWF look like Shakespeare. The action was middling. But the ladies, they were gorgeous...mostly.
The cast played an amalgam of all the wrestling tropes (evil Russians, hillbillies, super rich, super crazy, terrorists and all-Americans). They partook in stupid sketches. They rapped horribly.
But they did it all while still looking 80s gorgeous.
Why this trip down memory lane?
Well, Netflix's new GLOW
series drops today and it got me thinking about the old show. More specifically, when my anti-wrestling wife said she was interested in watching GLOW
, it got me wondering what she'd think of the original source material.
Then when it came time to pick our cheesecake, I thought about featuring Alison Brie
, but Ms. Brie has appeared in the feature at least three times that I can recall, so I went back to the original source material.
Please say hello to Lisa Moretti.
Ms. Moretti is most well known as Ivory of WWE fame, but before she joined the E, she learned her craft in the Vegas casino rings of GLOW
as Tina Ferrari.
Her tag team partner was Ashley Cartier.
And I remembered that.
Geekdom will do that to you.
Let's hit the links
SASQUATCH – Maneuvers [full album, new music]
AEROSMITH – Night In The Ruts [full album, forgotten classic]
Fall 2017 DC Comics preview
Ten Heaviest Grunge Bands
More theories regarding DC’s Dark Multiverse
Lars Frederiksen's unpublished foreward to Roger Miret's book My Riot: Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory
The deadliest characters in the Tarantino-verse by body count
What's it like at the Goop summit
Secret/Stupid rules for working with President Trump
And finally, eight things that would make The Force Awakens a much better movie