Women of Wrestling

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Women Of Wrestling
Women of Wrestling.png
GenreWomen's professional wrestling
Professional wrestling
Created byDavid McLane
Developed byJeanie Buss
StarringWOW Superheroes roster
Narrated byDavid McLane
Stephen Dickey
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes55 (as of September 7, 2019 (2019-09-07))
Production
Production location(s)Los Angeles, California
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Running time60 minutes
Release
Original networkKTNV-TV (2011–2012)
KVCW (2012–2019)
AXS TV (2019–present)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 1, 2000 (2000-09-01) –
present
External links
Website

WOW - Women Of Wrestling, aka WOW!, is a women's professional wrestling promotion founded in 2000 by David McLane, previously the founder of Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. It is based in Los Angeles, California, and is owned by McLane and Los Angeles Lakers owner and president Jeanie Buss.[1] The promotion launched a series of syndicated programs in the 2000-01 television seasons in 102 TV markets[2] using a similar format of character driven performers, with names befitting a comic book series, such as Jungle Grrrl, an inmate tag-team complete with orange jump suits named Caged Heat, a Hollywood starlet named Lana Star, and the Persian Princess.[3]

WOW programs were able to stand out from other wrestling programs by offering television viewers and live event audience an all female troupe of performers who played campy villains and heroines in all sizes and nationalities.[4] By being the only entertainment source of its kind, WOW captured a strong adult demographic following with its primary audience, the male television audience (18–49 years of age) generating 25% higher ratings than its secondary audience of young women (18-24), teens, and tweens (7-12).

After a long hiatus, in December 2014, WOW! announced their launch into digital media in 2015. Marketed as "WOW Superheroes", its characters are empowered women from all different backgrounds and professions.[5] Season 2 of the show premiered on March 1, 2016, on YouTube.[6] Its fourth season premiered February 28, 2017.[7] On April 20, 2017, MGM Television announced that Mark Burnett, MGM's President, Television Group & Digital, and Jeanie Buss formed a partnership to develop new content across a range of unscripted programming and digital formats for WOW!.[8]

Beginning with season 5, WOW will be broadcast on AXS TV. The two companies inked a deal in June 2018 for a weekly program,[9] to be called WOW: Women of Wrestling, tapings for which commenced on October 10, 2018 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles,[10] set to launch in early 2019.[9] WOW debuted on January 18 as part of AXS's Friday Night Fights schedule that also includes New Japan Pro Wrestling and AXS TV Fights.[10] This marked WOW's first return to network television since 2001.[11]

Company history[edit]

Selina Majors entrance at a WOW! event

Initial run (2000–2001)[edit]

WOW programming was aired in first-run syndication, often late at night and packaged with other sports-entertainment programming. The programs quickly became the highest rated wrestling shows in the markets of New York and Los Angeles and demonstrated ability regardless of the region, market size or time-period to grow each television stations audience.[citation needed] The promotion aired about twenty four original one-hour episodes, fielding a single pay-per-view, Women of Wrestling Unleashed. With its headquarters in Los Angeles, WOW held its live events which were taped for broadcast from the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. The organization's first live event attendance was a mere 400+, but its audience grew to over 5,000 customers over the period of only six events, and its website peaked in one month with slightly over 10 million unique visitors.[citation needed]

The majority of WOW's performers were rookies to the business, recruited from backgrounds in modeling, acting, stunt work, and martial arts. Selina Majors (who wrestled as Bambi) and Thug (who wrestled as Peggy Lee Leather) were the trainers for the company. Jeanie Buss appeared regularly on WOW programming, although not as an in-ring participant.

Dormant (2001–2012)[edit]

Due to the ever soft and declining advertising market during this time, WOW was not able to take advantage of its momentum and ceased production after completing 24 original episodes and one live pay-per-view event. WOW ceased television production by fall 2001. WOW, although off the air in the United States after 2001, continued to exist through international distribution deals with the markets of Israel, Russia, India, Canada, South Africa, Kenya, the Middle East, Turkey, Malaysia, the Dominican Republic and other countries airing the WOW shows.

David McLane would attempt to relaunch the show again a few times over the next decade, with no success. One attempt in 2002 included a partnership with Kiss frontman Gene Simmons.[12] Starting in July 2011, the WOW website reported the WOW original shows started airing on the ABC affiliate KTNV in Las Vegas.[13] The series continues to be distributed internationally. In 2013, Coors Light sponsored several live events in Las Vegas at the Eastside Cannery Casino and Hotel, where new programs were produced.

Relaunch (2012–present)[edit]

On May 29, 2012, McLane and Buss announced their intention to produce new episodes of the series.[14][15] On Sunday, December 9, 2012, at 11 a.m. on The CW Las Vegas station KVCW, WOW! returned to television[16] in advance of the "WOW! Pandemonium Tour 2013". WOW! kicked off the tour in Las Vegas, Nevada, with their first live event on January 19, 2013.

The new programming of WOW featured some of the original WOW wrestlers such as Lana Star, Jade, Delta Lotta Pain, Loca, Thug, Jungle Grrrl and Selina Majors with the addition of new talent who auditioned for WOW in the months prior to December 9, 2012, television show. The WOW wrestlers are now referred to as "SuperHeroes". New WOW SuperHeroes are characters known as Frost, Fire, Stephy Slays, Keta Rush, La Niña and a Mexican star named Azucar. Original WOW Girl Selina Majors serves as the official trainer of WOW's new talent.[17] Joining the roster are independent wrestlers Santana Garrett and Amber O'Neal.

On June 18, 2018, The Hollywood Reporter announced that WOW will air weekly on AXS TV beginning in early 2019.[9] WOW returned to network broadcast for the first time since 2001 on January 18 as part of AXS's Friday Night Fights lineup.[10][18]

Seasons[edit]

Superheroes (5–present)[edit]

WOW Superheroes[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Abilene Maverick[19] Callee Wilkerson[20]
Adrenaline[21] Priscilla Zuniga WOW Tag Team Champion
Adriana Gambino[22] Unknown
Amber O'Neal[23] Kimberly Dawn Davis[24]
Angelica Dante[25] Unknown
The Beast[26] Twana Ferguson[27] WOW World Champion
Cali Ray[28] Kristen Young[29]
Casey Dakota[30] Unknown
Chainsaw[31] Unknown
Chantilly Chella[32] Rachel Kelvington Bostic[33]
The Dagger[34] Michelle Blanchard[35]
The Disciplinarian[36] Robyn Reid
Eye Candy[37] Willow Nightingale
Exodus[38] Unknown
Faith the Lioness[39] Faith Jefferies
Fire[40] Kiera Hogan WOW Tag Team Champion
Fury[41] Harlow O'Hara
Genesis[38] Unknown
Havok[42] Jessica Cricks[43]
Hazard[44] Beth Crist
Holidead[45] Camille Ligon[46]
Jessie Jones[47] Jessie Belle McCoy[48]
Jolene Dixie[49] Unknown
Jolene Jolynn[49] Unknown
Jungle Grrrl[50] Erica Porter[51]
Keta Rush[52] Keta Meggett[53]
Khloe Hurtz[54] Katie Forbes[55]
Malia Hosaka[38] Malia Hosaka
Mezmeriah[56] Unknown
Nikki Krampus[57] Unknown
Princess Aussie[58] Simone Sherie
Razor[59] Sarah Rodriguez[60]
Reyna Reyes[61] Gisele Shaw Formerly known as Azteca from the fifth season
Sassy Massy[62] Alisha Maher
Serpentine[63] Melissa Cervantes[64] Formerly known as Kobra Moon from the fifth season
Siren the Voodoo Doll[65] Unknown
Spike[66] Unknown
Stephy Slays[67] Stephanie Mason
Teal Piper[68] Ariel Toombs
The Temptress[69] Katarina Leigh Waters[70]
Tessa Blanchard[71] Tessa Blanchard

Other on-air personnel[edit]

Ring name Real name Notes
Lana Star[72] Lana Kinnear[73] Manager of Faith the Lioness
Samantha Smart[74] Kristen Garner[75] Manager of The Disciplinarian
Sophia Lopez[76] Leslie Garza[77] Manger of Nikki Krampus and Serpentine

Broadcast team[edit]

The following section pertains to announcers who cover WOW broadcasts. This group includes presenters, ringside commentators, ring announcers and backstage interviewers.

Ring name Real name Notes
Brigiite Valdez Brigiite Valdez Field reporter
David McLane David McLane Commentator
Host
EZ Rider Eleanor Kerrigan Commentator
Shaul Guerrero Shaul Guerrero Ring announcer
Stephen Dickey Stephen Dickey Commentator

WOW other personnel[edit]

  • Dan Masters: Announcer and backstage interviews (2012 – present)
  • Lee Marshall: Announcer (2000 - 2001)
  • Ed Ryba: Voiceovers (2001)
  • Andrew M. Somers: Voiceovers (2000 - 2001)
  • Julie Day: Backstage interviews (2000 - 2001)
  • James Furlong: Music composer (2013–present)
  • Josh Milton: Referee
  • Jeff McGowan: Referee
  • Jesse Hernandez: Referee
  • Andrew Hecker: Voiceovers and director

Championships[edit]

WOW World Championship[edit]

Reigns[edit]

As of December 9, 2019.

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Terri Gold September 1, 2000 WOW Inglewood, CA 1 105 Won a battle royal to become the inaugural champion.
2 Danger December 15, 2000 WOW Inglewood, CA 1 51 This episode aired on tape delay on January 13, 2001.
3 Terri Gold February 4, 2001 WOW Unleashed Inglewood, CA 2 27
Vacated March 3, 2001 WOW ceased television production sometime after March 3, 2001.
4 Lana Star January 19, 2013 Live event Los Angeles, CA 1 49 WOW claimed that following the tapings at Great Western Forum, several of its performers continued wrestling on various independent shows. In a non televised event in LA, Lana Star defeated Terri Gold in a WOW sanctioned match for the championship.
5 Jungle Grrrl March 9, 2013 WOW! Pandemonium Tour 2013 Las Vegas, NV 1 1,300 Jungle Grrrl won the championship at WOW! Pandemonium Tour 2013. This episode aired on tape delay on August 26, 2016.
6 Santana Garrett September 29, 2016 WOW Los Angeles, CA 1 742 This was a triple threat match also involving The Beverly Hills Babe. [78]
Vacated October 11, 2018 After a match between Jungle Grrrl, Santana Garrett and Tessa Blanchard ended in double pinfall with Garrett and Jungle Grrrl pinned Blanchard, David McLane stated that the referee decided to not award the WOW World Championship to Garrett and Jungle Grrrl. This episode aired on tape delay on February 15, 2019. [79]
7 Tessa Blanchard October 11, 2018 WOW Season 5: Episode 5 Los Angeles, CA 1 217 Blanchard defeated Jungle Grrrl for the vacant WOW World Championship. This episode aired on tape delay on February 15, 2019. [79]
8 The Beast May 16, 2019 WOW Season 6: Episode 11 Los Angeles, CA 1 207+ This episode aired on tape delay on November 23, 2019. [80]

List of combined reigns[edit]

As of December 9, 2019.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Jungle Grrrl 1 1,300
2 Santana Garrett 1 881
3 Tessa Blanchard 1 217
4 The Beast 1 207+
5 Terri Gold 2 132
6 Danger 1 51
7 Lana Star 1 49

WOW World Tag Team Championship[edit]

Inaugural tournament (2000–2001)[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
WOW Unleashed
         
Caged Heat
(Delta Lotta Pain and Loca)
Pin
The Asian Invasion
(Jade and Lotus)
3:44
Caged Heat Pin
Beckie and Bronco Billie 4:05
Beckie and Bronco Billie Pin
Danger and Riot 6:48
Caged Heat Pin
Harley's Angels 5:42
The Beach Patrol
(Sandy and Summer)
Pin
The Daughters Of Darkness
(Misery and Mystery)
6:43
The Beach Patrol 4:34
Harley's Angels Pin
Harley's Angels
(Charlie Davidson and EZ Rider)
Pin
Boom Boom and Caliente 5:05

Reigns[edit]

As of December 9, 2019.

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days
1 Caged Heat
(Delta Lotta Pain and Loca)
January 20, 2001 WOW Unleashed Inglewood, CA 1 42 Defeated Harley's Angels (Charlie Davidson and EZ Rider) to become the inaugural champions.
Vacated March 3, 2001 WOW ceased television production sometime after March 3, 2001.
2 Caged Heat
(Delta Lotta Pain and Loca)
January 19, 2013 WOW Inglewood, CA 2 <1 Returned as champions.
3 The All American Girls
(Amber O'Neal and Santana Garrett)
January 19, 2013 WOW! Pandemonium Tour 2013 Las Vegas, NV 2 1,349
Vacated September 29, 2016 Caged Heat's attorney Sophia Lopez provided evidences to Women Wrestling Association (WWA) that the The All American Girls' broke the tag team match's rules multiple time in their championship win over Caged Heat. Therefore, WWA decided to vacate the WOW World Tag Team Championship. [81]
4 Adrenaline and Fire May 16, 2019 WOW Season 6: Episode 11 Los Angeles, CA 1 207+ Adrenaline and Fire defeated Monsters of Madness (Jessicka Havok and Hazard) in the tournament finals to win the vacant championship. This episode aired on tape delay on November 23, 2019. [82]

List of combined reigns by team[edit]

As of December 9, 2019.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 The All American Girls
(Amber O'Neal and Santana Garrett)
1 1,349
2 Adrenaline and Fire 1 207+
3 Caged Heat
(Delta Lotta Pain and Loca)
2 42

List of combined reigns by wrestler[edit]

As of December 9, 2019.

Indicates the current champion
Rank Wrestler No. of
reigns
Combined days
1 Amber O'Neal 1 1,349
Santana Garrett 1 1,349
3 Adrenaline 1 207+
Fire 1 207+
5 Delta Lotta Pain 2 42
Loca 2 42

WOW Unleashed[edit]

WOW Unleashed
PromotionWomen of Wrestling
DateFebruary 4, 2001
CityInglewood, California
VenueGreat Western Forum
Attendance~9,500
Pay-per-view chronology
← Previous
N/A
Next →
N/A/

WOW Unleashed was a professional wrestling pay-per-view from Women of Wrestling. It took place on February 4, 2001, from the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. The PPV suffered from technical difficulties and a low buyrate. A second PPV, Spring Vengeance, was announced for April 8, 2001, during Unleashed, but never came to fruition. The announcers were Lee Marshall and former manager Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Regular announcer David McLane, also the promotion's President, served as Master of Ceremonies.

Event results
No. Results Stipulations Times[83]
1 Randi Rah Rah defeated Jacklyn Hyde Singles match 2:15
2 The Beach Patrol (Sandy and Summer) vs. Farah and Paradise ended in a no contest Tag team match 2:30
3 Tanja The Warrior Woman defeated Jane Blond Singles match 2:47
4 Nicki Law (with Kristy Order) defeated Heather Steele Singles match 2:02
5 Boom Boom and Caliente defeated The Asian Invasion (Jade and Lotus) Tag team match 4:43
6 Bronco Billie defeated The Disciplinarian Singles match 3:55
7 Roxy Powers vs. Slam Dunk ended in a double disqualification Singles match N/A
8 Riot defeated Wendi Wheels Hardcore match 9:40
9 Jungle Grrrl defeated Beckie Splash match 9:45
10 Caged Heat (Delta Lotta Pain and Loca) (with Vendetta) defeated Harley's Angels (Charlie Davidson and EZ Rider) (with Thug) Tag team match for the inaugural WOW World Tag Team Championship 5:42
11 Terri Gold defeated Danger (c) Singles match for the WOW World Championship 4:20
12 Lana Star and Patti Pizzazz defeated Ice Cold and Poison Hair vs. hair match 5:16
13 Thug defeated Selina Majors Steel cage match 15:01
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

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