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Awesome Kong: GLOW on Netflix Review, Why She Left WWE, Punching Bubba The Love Sponge at TNA Backstage


One of professional wrestling’s greatest female performers of all time, Awesome Kong, real name Kia Stevens, has departed from WWE, for now, and taken on a new role in the new Netflix series GLOW (Gorgeous Women Of Professional Wrestling). In 1980s LA, a crew of misfits reinvents themselves as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. A comedy by the team behind “Orange Is the New Black”. Premieres Friday, June 23 on Netflix. 

Here is our in-depth interview with Kia Stevens, well known as Awesome Kong & Karma, talking about the new Netflix series, why she left WWE, and her play by play look back at punching Bubba The Love Sponge backstage at TNA. Kia Steves also gives some insight on her wrestling in Japan, and how she got to where she is today.

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Below is a review, written by Alan Wojcik, for the new series on Netflix GLOW. Enjoy the read and the new series!

Alan Wojcik Review of Netflix’s GLOW:

For the last few years, there’s been a revolution in women’s professional wrestling (or sports entertainment as WWE calls it) with women only promotions like Women’s Superstars Uncensored, Shimmer & Shine to name a few. But before all that, there was the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling, the campy syndicated TV show that spawned former WWE star Ivory and a critically documentary in 2012. Now thanks to creator Liz Flahive (producer Nurse Jackie/Homeland) & Carly Mensch (Orange is the New Black/Weeds), the ladies live on with the new scripted Netflix series simply titled GLOW. (Premieres June 23rd)

The show is placed in Los Angeles of 1985 (they reference Flight 847 which was hijacked in June 1985) where struggling actress Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie of TV’s Community) is tired of auditions where she realizes the men get the better roles. Her agent sends her to a casting call for “unconventional women, whatever the hell that means.” Her friend & fellow actress Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin of Nurse Jackie) tells her to give it a shot. We come to find out by episode three, the girls wrestling show is funded by spoiled trust fund owner  Bash (Chris Lowell) and directed by Sam Sylvia (comedian Marc Maron) who is only here to raise money for his next schlock film. The 10 episodes will flush out characters like Tamee (wrestling superstar Kia “Awesome Kong” Stevens), the 2nd generation star Carmen (Britney Young), the teen punk rocker Justine (Britt Baron), the freaky Shelia the Shewolf (Gayle Rankin) & B-movie actress Cherry Bang (Sydelle Noel).

Let me say I absolutely loved the show and the only flaws are some music cues don’t match to the time frame (Roxette didn’t hit until 1989) and wrestlers didn’t use power bombs and bronco busters until the 90’s. The opening episode sets up a unique situation between Ruth & Debbie that will travel throughout the 10 shows, that I will not give away in this review. The show takes a major comedic turn during episode three and a party at Bash’s place (“There’s drugs in the f##king robot!!”) when Bash and Sam help the ladies flush out their personas. Episode 4 brings up the idea to rent a hotel for the ladies to bond and keep outside distractions at bay. This location allows the character development to progress. By episode nine we are in full 1980’s nostalgia with a visit to Nancy Reagan’s war on drugs and espisode ten brings the chance to film the pilot episode of GLOW.

If you loved the original GLOW they pay tribute to characters like Ninotchka, Mountain Fiji & the Soul Patrol with Zoya the Destroyer, Machu Pichu and the Welfare Queen. Flahive, Mensch & the writing team take up the challenge of establishing many characters in 10 episodes, none of which are longer then 35 minutes. They succeed in as wrestling people call it “getting the characters over” and then some. The groundwork is here for a season two, hopefully Netflix obliges unlike other shows on the streaming service that met untimely demises.

There is an interesting connection to the original GLOW show which was coordinated by wrestling legend Chavo Guerrero and this show which is coordinated by his son Chavo Jr. If you are going to watch for the wrestling, it doesn’t truly show up until episode five and its at a men’s show the girls attend so they can better understand the character aspect of the sport with much thanks to Kevin Kiley AKA WWE’s Alex Riley where Debbie finally “gets it.” The women finally perform for an audience in episode seven to wow TV commercial investors. We also get some great cameos from indie superstar Joey Ryan, current Ring of Honor stars Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Lucha Underground’s John “Johnny Mundo” Hennigan & Impact Wrestling’s Brodus Clay.

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SONNY ONOO: STORIES FROM BACKSTAGE AT WCW NITRO


Legendary Pro Wrestling Manager, Sonny Onoo, joins Marc Charles on Outside Interference Wrestling Radio. Sonny has nothing to promote, just an awesome recurring radio guest!

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CWF Legends Live In The Studio: Jody Malenko, Bob Cook, Jay Goodley, CWF Fan-Fest


Marc Charles is joined in studio by 3 legends of wrestling in the Florida territories, Joe Malenko, Bob Cook & Jay Goodley. These legends tell stories about the days of the territories and give thoughts on the current product Indy promotions are producing. You can meet all of your favorite CWF Legends at the Fan Fest Saturday, June 3rd at the American Legion Post 147 in Odessa, FL. Doors at 2:30pm. 

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Owen Hart Tribute: A Good Hart & World Class Ribber


Marc Charles & Alan Wojcik look back on the senseless accidental death of Owen Hart, which happened during a live WWF PPV event in 1999. Owen fell to his death from the rafters, after attempting a planned stunt, repelling from the rafters down to the ring. Featuring audio of Bret Hart telling one of the best ribs (practical jokes) Owen ever pulled on anyone, his own father Stu Hart. Marc & Alan look back at the legacy of Owen Hart, and all the fond memories Owen left us.

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CM Punk Has Altercation on MTV’s The Challenge


CM Punk has once again found himself outside of his element of Pro Wrestling in an MTV reality show, The Challenge. After losing a challenge Punk tried to be a gracious loser, only to be attacked by Johnny Bananas, an MTV Reality Show star. Whatever the hell that means. Marc Charles & Alan Wojcik talk about this altercation, and any possible celebrities for CM Punk to fight next in his 0-1 MMA career. 

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Stevie Richards: Life After WWE and ECW, Funny Stories, Fitness & Technology


Former WWE & ECW Superstar, as well as a fitness guru and technology-geek podcaster, Michael Manna aka Stevie Richards joins Marc Charles for a fun chat about wrestling, fitness, and tech. Marc marks out to some bWo and Kliq questions, that make for some fun stories. What are Stevie’s favorite new tech gadgets? Stevie Richards is a fitness guru who passes his healthy lifestyle and program to others through his website, click here to visit Stevie Richards Fitness.  

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Former WWE Smackdown Commentator Rich Bocchini Talks WWE Life On The Road


Rich Brennan was WWE Smackdown’s play-by-play commentator who worked among wrestling’s biggest legends like Jerry Lawler and Booker T. Real name, Rich Bocchini, is now one of independent wrestling’s hottest free agent talents on the market, making the loop with Division Pro Wrestling, Wrestle Circus & Fest Wrestling while still working in Sports Radio. Rich and Marc discuss the ups and downs of pro wrestling life on the road, and how Rich dealt with it all. 

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Blackjack Mulligan Counterfeit Money Story: Uncle Sam Kicks Out At Two

This week Marc Charles looks back at the time pro wrestling legend Blackjack Mulligan was caught and arrested with $500K in counterfeit money. Marc also discusses other facts about counterfeiting and the history of it. This episode is in loving memory of Blackjack Mulligan, and in no way meant to tarnish the memory of BJM, but rather to discuss a very intriguing topic. 

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Disco Inferno Found a New Gimmick 10 Years Ago, An Illegal Casino Manager

About 10 years ago, WCW wrestling star was under investigation for 6 months and eventually arrested for running an illegal casino out of his friend’s basement. With a $10K minimum buy in on their no limit Texas Holdem tables, this story is not as cheap as Disco’s WCW gimmick was.

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Ken Anderson: Training The Next Generation, Wrestling Undertaker, Jim Cornette


Ken Anderson has partnered with Shawn Daivari and other former WWE stars to train the next generation of pro wrestlers. They have opened The Academy: School of Professional Wrestling. Ken takes Marc back to the days of wrestling on the road with The Undertaker, Mark Callaway. Anderson gives some stories about his days working for Jim Cornette in OVW. Check out Ken Anderson’s new pro wrestling school at TheAcademyProWrestling.com

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