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Wrestling-Themed TV Shows

With the new Netflix show GLOW already receiving GLOWing rave reviews, it’s safe to assume that pro wrestling fans have finally gotten a live-action TV show about wrestling that gets it right, and to top it off, actually holds some kind of artistic merit. But before you decide to binge on all 10 episodes of Netflix’s latest female empowering dramedy, please refer to this list of those wrestling shows (both animated and live action) that came before GLOW, and died a miserable cancellation, or are actually still airing. But mostly died a miserable cancellation.

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Karate Master

IMG_6161Karate Master
1973 – 1974

Karate Master was an anime series that aired in Japan about… karate. It also depicted American wrestlers and wrestling fans as xenophobic hate mongers. I have no idea whether or not this was supposed to be aimed at kids or adults at the time it came out, but the adult me definitely appreciated it more than 10-year-old me ever would have.

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Sakura Hagiwara

Sakura Hagiwara - Wanna Be the StrongestMedium: Anime
Title: Wanna be the Strongest in the World
Bio: The former lead vocalist for pop group, Sweet Divas, is determined to prove that she is the strongest in the world¬†by consistently¬†losing every wrestling match, but showing lots of heart. Eventually, she’s able to string together a few notable wins here and there.
Signature Move: Sakura Special