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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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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

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Wanna Be the Strongest in the World

Wanna Be the Strongest in the World LogoWhile I’m sure there’s quite a bit of manga and anime based on wrestling, or puroresu, they’re not all easy to come by. Luckily, thanks to my Hulu Plus subscription, I stumbled across the oddly sexually-charged, hard-hitting, competitive world of joshi wrestling that is Wanna be the Strongest in the World. And it was a lot better than I expected.

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