Wrestling’s ‘A-Teams’

(Above: Gorgeous Gorgeous George attempting to pin another wrestler to the mat. Image by Stanley Kubrick from ‘Look’ magazine photo assignment, 1948.  From Wikimedia Commons.)

For fans of classic wrestling, it might not get any better than this: a free 13-hour marathon of action ranging from Andre the Giant, Gorgeous George and the original GLOW gals, to comic Andy Kaufman battling Jerry “The King” Lawler.

“The A-Teams of Classic Wrestling” marathon starts tomorrow, January 30, at 2 pm ET over Shout Factory TV’s Twitch channel, available at twitch.tv/shoutfactorytv or right here:

The marathon includes the following documentaries:

Blood, Sweat & Bruises, action from the Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF) of the 1990s, including Cactus Jack and Andre the Giant (90 minutes);

Brawlin’ Beauties GLOW, focusing on the pro women wrestlers of the 1980s who inspired the current Netflix series (90 minutes);

Brawlin’ Beauties 2, which goes even further back into the roots of women’s wrestling (one hour);

Lone Star Shootout, a look back at Southwest Championship Wrestling of the’ 70s and ’80s, including Kaufman-Lawler  (90 minutes);

The Glory Days of Wrestling, with matches from pro wrestling’s first TV golden age in the 1950s, including Dick the Bruiser, “Haystack” Calhoun and Gorgeous George. (two hours).

Can’t wait for the marathon? All the docs above can be accessed now on demand at Shout Factory TV. Just click or tap on their titles above!

And here, from YouTube, enjoy some classic Kaufman-Lawler action:

 

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About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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