We nearly fell off the turnbuckle when news broke regarding the pending Netflix series based on the ’80s classic show Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, exec produced by Weeds and OITNB‘s Jenji Kohan. Hungry for more info, Geek reached out to Ursula Hayden, a.k.a. Babe, The Farmer’s Daughter, who not only wrestled in the original series and is the current owner of the organization, but is serving as a consultant for the all-new Netflix GLOW series. Hayden was happy to share a few tidbits about what’s to come.
“I am very excited to announce I have teamed up with Netflix for an all-new generation of GLOW, Netflix has sprinkled its pixie dust and ordered a 10-episode GLOW series inspired by the award-winning documentary, The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. GLOW is in production and set to air early next year!”
We asked how Hayden thinks the role of women in wrestling has evolved since the early ’90s, and what kind of influence she and her GLOW peers may have had on the sport.
“Female wrestlers today are just fantastic, however, I do miss the humor GLOW Wrestling gave to us. This new GLOW show will fill this need in a big way with a laugh, a kick, and a smile – thank you Netflix!”
Hayden, who shared that she was “amazed with wrestling growing up as a kid,” and still “gets stunned” by what she sees when watching classic matches of GLOW, said that “It takes an amazing female athlete and actress to do what we do.”
Accordingly, she has some thoughts on what it will take for the series’ actors and actresses to get up to snuff.
“This is going to be a rough road for the all new GLOW stars, I know this because I’ve been there. The Guerreros are tough! Chavo Guerrero’s going to bend Alison Brie into a pretzel and that’s before the sleeper hold!”
Chavo Guerrero Jr.’s involvement in the series was confirmed in September. As for her own involvement, Hayden says that she assists the “gorgeous” and “incredibly talented” Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch (pictured with Hayden below) with “anything they want, including rights, memorabilia, and inspiration!”
For those who can’t wait for the Netflix series? Hayden advises a visit to classic GLOW action via gorgeousladiesofwrestling.com.
Images: Ursula Hayden