Some notes on the Wrestlicious women's promotion/TV series that came to light yesterday:
*The promotion is headed up by Johnny Cafarella, who was a ring announcer on the original GLOW and later also worked on the WOW women's promotion a few years back.
*The wrestling footage seen in the video was taped in August 2008 at a production facility in St. Petersburg, Florida. The talent that worked the taping were instructed not to publicly disclose the taping, to the point they were asked not to even post photos online.
*There were four-five hours worth of shows taped with all of the female performers working roles designed for the series, not their usual "independent wrestling" personas. I was told by several who worked the taping that the wrestling was good but the characters were designed to be "silly and kitschy."
*Jimmy Hart was brought in as a consultant to work with Carafella on the booking and to appear as the face of the promotion. Hart also wrote the rap lyrics seen in the video as well as a pop tune written for Lizzie Valentine, who will be doing a "Britney Spears" type character for the show.
*Michael Vedder, who worked as a director for TNA, directed the tapings. Colin Bowman, who edited WCW Magazine and has worked with Jimmy Hart on a number of projects, including the XWF and 6:05 WWL PPV, ran the wrestling aspects of the taping backstage.
*Most of the women seen rapping in the video were actresses who were cast in the roles before the female wrestlers were hired for the iinitial taping. There were some characters who were later "re-cast" when it came time to shoot the wrestling portions of the show, such as former ROH star Lacey working in the ring painted up as the voodoo character that appears in the rap.
*Talent that worked the initial taping included Daffney (who has signed with TNA since), Amber O'Neal, Lizzie Valentine, Christie Riccie, Becky Bayless, Lacey Von Erich, Daizee Haze, Portia Perez, Lexie Fyfe, Serena Deeb, and Danyah among others, including some girls from WOW.
*Fyfe was also in charge of training some of the younger, more inexperienced performers.
*While she appears in the promotional reel, Former WWE Diva Search contestant Leyla Milani was not present at the tapings.
*Several of the women that worked the initial taping were contacted in the last week and told they would be brought in to film new footage shortly, but I don't know if that means another taping or promos to supplement the original tapings. The belief is they are working on signing a syndicated deal for a longer series.
Wrestlicious promo video