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Women of Wrestling
AcronymWOW
Founded2000
StyleAmerican Wrestling
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California (2000)
Founder(s)David McLane
Owner(s)David McLane (2000)
Jeanie Buss (2000)
WebsiteWOWE.com
 
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Women of Wrestling
AcronymWOW
Founded2000
StyleAmerican Wrestling
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California (2000)
Founder(s)David McLane
Owner(s)David McLane (2000)
Jeanie Buss (2000)
WebsiteWOWE.com

WOW! Women of Wrestling, aka WOW!, is a 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 relaunched in 2012. 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,[1] WOW launched a series of syndicated programs in the 2000-01 television seasons in 102 TV markets.[2]

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.[3] 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).

Company History[edit]

Selina Majors entrance at a WOW! event

Initial Run (2000 - 2001)[edit]

Once again following a similar formula that he created for GLOW, McLane hoped WOW would be the women's wrestling league that finally got the respect he felt it should deserve. Similar to McLane's earlier promotion, WOW depended heavily on kayfabe and presented gimmicks that were fantastical, especially compared to the darker fare being promoted by other wrestling companies. WOW talent (or individuals claiming to be such) would actively post to the company's message boards (now defunct) in-character, leading to such amusing incidents as the members of "Caged Heat", an inmate-themed tag team, claiming that they were accessing the internet from the prison library.

WOW programming was aired in first-run syndication, often late at night and packaged with other sports-entertainment programming. The promotion aired about twenty four original one-hour episodes, fielding a single pay-per-view, Women of Wrestling Unleashed.

The majority of WOW's performers were rookies to the business, recruited from backgrounds in modeling, acting, stunt work, and martial arts. Selena Majors (who wrestled as "Bambi") and Thug (who wrestled as "Peggy Lee Leather") were the trainers for the company.

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. With its headquarters in Los Angeles, CA, WOW held its live events which were taped for broadcast from the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. The organizations 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. Los Angeles Lakers Sr. Vice President Jeanie Buss who is a business partner of Mr. McLane’s 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 wasn’t 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 sometime after March 3, 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, Middle East, Turkey, Malaysia, the Dominican Republic and other countries airing the WOW shows.

Starting in July 2011, the WOW website reported the WOW original shows started airing on the ABC affiliate KTNV in Las Vegas.[4] 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.[5][6]

On Sunday, December 9, 2012, at 11am on the CW Las Vegas station KVCW, WOW! returned to television[7] 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 will feature some of the original WOW girls with the addition of new talent who have auditioned for WOW in the months prior to December 9, 2012 television show. WOW talent will now be referred to as "superheroes". WOW's Facebook page has confirmed a few returning stars including Lana Star (who defeated Terri Gold in a championship match in 2002), Jungle Grrrl, Caged Heat, Roxy Powers, Jade, referees Josh Milton and Jessie Hernández. The new WOW Girls confirmed are characters known as Frost, Fire, Stephanie LaMaravillosa, Keta Rush, La Niña and a Mexican star named Azucar. Original WOW Girl Selina Majors will serve as the official trainer of WOW's new talent.[8] Joining the roster are independent wrestlers Santana Garrett and Amber O'Neal.

WOW SuperHeros[9][edit]

WOW New Tag Teams[edit]

The Original New Tag teams.The only team that returned to the promotion was All American Girls 2013.

Original WOW SuperHeros[edit]

Terri Gold, WOW Champion
Caged Heat, WOW Tag Team Champions (l-r) Vendetta, Delta Lotta Pain, Loca
  • Beckie the Farmer's Daughter (Renee Madison Cole): Farm girl from the fictitious Hog Hollow, Nebraska. Tag team partner of Bronco Billie. Feuded with Jungle Grrrl over the Splash move.
  • Boom Boom: Island girl from Hawaii. Tag team partner of Caliente. Known for the Boom Boom Squash.
  • Bronco Billie (Lisa Danielle): Cowgirl who owned a ranch in Texas. Tag team partner of Beckie the Farmer's Daughter. Finished off her opponents with the Bulldog. Had a feud with the Disciplinarian over her ranch.
  • Caliente (Rachel Iverson): Fiery Latina wrestler, known for her submission move, the Mexican Surfboard. Tag team partner of Boom Boom.
  • Charlie Davidson: Biker, with a bad attitude. One half of Harley's Angels. Lost to their sworn enemies, Caged Heat for the Tag Team titles.
  • Christy Order: One half of Law and Order; her partner is Nicki Law. A rogue police officer. Christy didn't wrestle before WOW went dormant.
  • Danger (Elle Alexander): Billed as the Weaponsmaster. Had a tendency to use her finishing move, the Danger Drop, on referees and was constantly suspended. Defeated Terri Gold for the title, and lost it soon after at the Pay-Per-View event. Known for her feud with Riot, her erstwhile tag team partner.
  • Delta Lotta Pain (Jwaundace Candece): Prisoner from the Nevada State Penitentiary, billed with Loca and Vendetta as Caged Heat. She, along with Loca, returned to the promotion in 2013. Former Tag Team Champions.
  • The Disciplinarian (Kristen Davidson): Heel School Administrator, billed as being from the Board of Education. Had a large fan base, in spite of her being a heel. Called Ms. D. by her fans. Known for her finishing move, the "Final Exam". Feuded with Bronco Billie, when the cowgirl discovered that her ranch was purchased by the Disciplinarian.
  • EZ Rider (Eleanor Kerrigan): Biker girl also with a bad attitude, one half of Harley's Angels. Lost the Tag Team title match to their sworn enemies, Caged Heat.
  • Farah "The Persian Princess" (Telma[10] Roshanravan): Iranian wrestler, known for her exotic dancing. Former tag team partner of Paradise.
  • "Hammerin'" Heather Steele (Christina Tomaziesski Colby): Billed as Everyone's favorite Tool Time Girl, known for her ability to build and maintain houses, and her ability to fix anything. Had a loyal fan base, despite having only one win.
  • Ice Cold (Inga Waggoner): Arctic themed loner. Didn't really trust anyone. Erstwhile tag team partner of Poison. Known for her feud with Lana Star, who shaved her hair.
  • Jacklyn Hyde (Vasilika Vanya Marinkovic): Split personality wrestler who escaped her mental health unit. Can be nice one minute, manic the next. Usually carries her favorite dolly to the ring and is often escorted by either her psychiatrist, Dr. Sarah Bellum, or her unit nurse, Nurse Mercy.
  • Jade (Jennifer Lee Chan): Chinese wrestler known for her "Samurai Scissors" move. Has a fan in her beloved grandmother. One half of the Asian Invasion. Jade returned to the promotion (sans Lotus) in 2013 and celebrated her first victory in WOW.
  • Jane Blond (Ella Carter): UK wrestler based on the James Bond secret agent theme. Known for the "Kick of Death", her Missile Dropkick finishing move.
  • Jungle Grrrl (Erica Porter): Tarzan based wrestler, billed as from being from the Amazon Rainforest. One of the few near undefeated wrestlers in WOW (the other one being Slam Dunk). Known for her feud with Beckie the Farmer's Daughter over who had the best splash. She returned to the promotion in 2013. She became WOW champion, after defeating Lana Star. Lana subsequently defeated her for the championship in 2014.
  • Lana Star (Lana Kinnear): One of WOW's marquee performers. Often called the Fabulous Lana Star. A movie star wannabe who often used dirty tricks and cheating such as smashing hand mirrors and spraying hair spray in her opponent's eyes to win her matches. Arrogantly called Women of Wrestling, "the Lana Star Show". Had Patti Pizzazz as her personal assistant until she fired her. Known primarily for her feuds with Poison, Ice Cold and Randi Rah Rah. Currently has a personal assistant called Kitty. In a non-televised match, Lana finally achieved championship gold by defeating Terri Gold for the WOW championship. She returned to the promotion, as the champion in 2013, until she was defeated by fellow original WOW girl, Jungle Grrrl. In January 2014, Lana defeated Jungle Grrrl and regained the title.
  • Loca (Cher Ferreyra): Prisoner from Nevada State Penitentiary. One third of Caged Heat, along with Delta Lotta Pain and Vendetta. She and Delta, (sans Vendetta) returned to the promotion in 2013. Former Tag Team Champions.
  • Lotus (Jeannie Kim): Korean wrestler who is one half of the Asian Invasion. When WOW returned as a promotion, Lotus did not return, but her tag partner, Jade did.
  • Misery (Kirsten Davidson): Hooded wrestler. One half of the Daughters of Darkness, managed by the mysterious Goon.
  • Mystery (Nicole Ochoa): Hooded wrestler. One half of Daughters of Darkness, also managed by the mysterious Goon. Tried to mug Terri Gold and steal her title belt, but was defeated by her in the ring.
  • Nicki Law: Rogue police officer. One half of Law and Order along with Christy Order. She wrestled at the Pay-Per-View event before WOW went dormant.
  • Paradise: Island Girl wrestler from Tonga. Former tag team partner of Farah the Persian Princess. She returned to the promotion in 2013 as one half of the tag team combination, Tropical Storm along with La Nina.
  • Patti Pizzazz (Formerly "Patti Pep"): Cheerleader corrupted by Lana Star into becoming her Personal Assistant. She was eventually fired by Lana due to her residual friendship with Randi Rah Rah, whom she remained friends with, despite her heel turn.
  • Phantom (Lynnette Thredgold): Wrestler who was torn between being a bodybuilder/wrestler and a concert violinist.
  • Poison (Kina Van Vleet): One of the best performers on the show with large fan base. A lab worker who was a crack chemist. She ingested poison and changed her personality. Tag Team partner with Ice Cold. Known for her vicious attacks, the camel clutch which she used to soften her opponents up for her inverted DDT (called the Poison Paralyzer) and feud with Lana Star, whose hair she turned green.
  • Randi Rah Rah: Cheerleader, friend of Patti Pep (and later Patti Pizzazz). Despite Patti's heel turn, Randi was still friends with her. Taken out of wrestling after Lana Star smashed a mirror over her head, only to come back later in the series run to decisively defeat her (and to reestablish her friendship with Patti Pizzazz).
  • Riot (April Katherine Littlejohn): Another of the marquee performers of WOW. Billed as being from the mean streets of Chicago. Master of the Powerbomb. A loner with a rebellious nature. Despite being a heel (later becoming a 'tweener'), she had one of the larger fan bases in WOW. Known for her feud with Danger, her former tag team partner.
  • Roxy Powers (Natalie T. Yeo): Billed as the Total Athlete. Known for her feud with Slam Dunk later in the series run, where she mortified the arrogant basketball player by delivering her a definitive defeat in a strap match, breaking her unbeaten streak. Tag team partner of Tanja the Warrior Woman.
  • Sandy (Tamie Sheffield): Lifeguard, One half of the Beach Patrol.
  • Selina Majors: "The Real Deal" Known for her battles with Thug. Used the Stunner to defeat her opponents. Was rescued by Caged Heat after another brutalization by Harley's Angels. She returned to Women of Wrestling as the current roster's official trainer and as one-half of the tag team, Southern Pride.
  • Slam Dunk: Female basketball player, supposedly banned from the WNBA due to her overly aggressive nature. She, along with Jungle Grrrl, were two of the near undefeated wrestlers in Women of Wrestling. Known for her arrogance and bad attitude. Best known for her feud with Roxy Powers later in the show's run, when she lashed her with a belt, only to be decisively defeated by her in a strap match. Despite her heel status, she had a very large fan base.
  • Summer (Bobbi Billard): Lifeguard, like Sandy. One half of the Beach Patrol. Summer replaced Sunny in the Beach Patrol, when the latter became Wendi Wheels.
  • Tanja "The Warrior Woman" (Tanja Richter): Warrior wrestler in the vein of Xena: Warrior Princess. Known for her spinning wheel kick finisher. Tag team partner of Roxy Powers.
  • Terri Gold (Heather Lee-Millard): The first WOW World Champion. Gymnast, known for her moonsault, The Perfect 10. Lost her title belt to Danger; but gained it back not long after at the Pay-Per-View, thanks to some unintentional help from Riot. In 2002, she was defeated in a WOW-sanctioned match, losing the title to the Fabulous Lana Star.
  • Thug (Peggy Lee Leather): Bad tempered biker, leader of Harley's Angels. Known for her long running feud with Selina Majors (from their days in POWW) and for her continual interference in Harley's Angels' matches. Her "niece" Spike, is a current WOW girl, and her tag team partner as well.
  • Vendetta (Nicole Ochoa): Prisoner from the Nevada State Penitentiary, known for being one third of Caged Heat, helped her cell mates even the odds at the Pay-Per-View by slamming Thug in the center of the ring, after her interfering in their title match. She did not return to the promotion, when Caged Heat returned.
  • Wendi Wheels: Female Mechanic, can fix up cars and can tear down opponents with the Blowout. Originally known as Sunny of the Beach Patrol in the first episode, she became Wendi Wheels and stayed with that role to the first season's end.

WOW Original Tag Teams[edit]

The Original Tag teams included Team Spirit; The Asian Invasion; The Beach Patrol; Harley's Angels; and Caged Heat. Law and Order was added at the time of the Pay-Per-View. The only team that returned to the promotion was Caged Heat.

The remaining teams were mainly created for WOW's Tag Team Tournament, although some of the teams continued to team with one another until the end of the first season.

WOW Other Personnel[edit]

Championships[edit]

WOW World Championship[edit]

Wrestler:Times:Date:Days Held:Location:Notes:
Terri Gold1September 30, 200076Inglewood, CaliforniaWon a battle royal to become the first champion.
Danger1December 15, 200051Inglewood, CaliforniaAired on January 13, 2001.
Terri Gold2February 4, 200127Inglewood, CaliforniaWon the title at WOW Unleashed.
DeactivatedMarch 3, 2001N/AN/AWOW ceased television production sometime after March 3, 2001.
Lana Star120024123Los Angeles, CaliforniaWOW 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 beat Terri Gold in a WOW sanctioned match for the title.
Jungle Grrrl1March 9, 2013286Las Vegas, Nevada
Lana Star2January 27, 2014205+Las Vegas, NevadaAired on Tape Delay

WOW World Tag Team Championship[edit]

Wrestler:Times:Date:Days Held:Location:Notes:
Caged Heat (Delta Lotta Pain and Loca)1February 4, 200127Inglewood, CaliforniaWon the title at WOW Unleashed. Caged Heat def. Harley's Angels.
DeactivatedMarch 3, 2001N/AN/AWOW ceased television production sometime after March 3, 2001.
Caged Heat (Delta Lotta Pain and Loca)2February 4, 20024033Inglewood, CaliforniaReturned as champions.
The All American Girls (Amber O'Neal and Santana Garrett)1January 19, 2013578+Las Vegas, NevadaWon the title at WOW! Pandemonium Tour 2013.

WOW Unleashed[edit]

WOW Unleashed
Information
PromotionWomen of Wrestling
DateFebruary 4, 2001
Attendance~9500
VenueGreat Western Forum
CityInglewood, California
Pay-per-view chronology
N/AWOW UnleashedN/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.

#ResultsStipulationsTimes
1Randi Rah Rah defeated Jacklyn Hyde (with Doctor Sarah Bellum and Nurse Mercy)Singles match2:15
2The Beach Patrol (Sandy and Summer) fought Farah and Paradise to a draw.Tag Team match2:30
3Tanja the Warrior Woman defeated Jane BlondSingles match2:47
4Nicki Law (with Kristy Order) defeated Heather SteeleSingles match2:02
5Boom Boom and Caliente defeated The Asian Invasion (Jade and Lotus)Tag Team match4:43
6Bronco Billie defeated The DisciplinarianSingles match3:55
7Roxy Powers fought Slam Dunk to a double disqualification.Singles matchn/a
8Riot defeated Wendi WheelsHardcore match9:40
9Jungle Grrrl defeated Beckie "The Farmer's Daughter"Splash Match9:45
10Caged Heat (Delta and Loca) defeated Harley's Angels (EZ Ryder and Charlie Davidson) (with Thug)Tag Team match for the vacant WOW Tag Team Championship5:42
11Terri Gold defeated Danger (c)Singles match for the WOW Championship4:20
12Lana Star and Patti Pizzazz defeated Ice Cold and PoisonHair vs. Hair Match5:16
13Thug defeated Selina MajorsSteel Cage match15:01

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