Three time WWE Women’s Champion and original GLOW star Ivory was recently interviewed by USA’s “For the Win” to share her reaction of the newly adopted GLOW Netflix Series, why she believes the show has been long lasting and her thoughts on the WWE Women’s Evolution. Highlights of the interview below.

Reaction to Netflix’s GLOW Series: “I thought it was a perfect thing to make a show from. As far as telling our story and whether it was true to life, I thought they made a good mix. I’m glad it’s not a documentary because it’s probably going to be way more entertaining with the really good writers and producers who put it together.”

On why GLOW has been long-lasting: “I understand it now because I worked with the best of the best, but I didn’t get at first that people have an extreme passion for wrestling and the wrestlers. The fans are really intimately connected with each wrestler. I also think that anything that has a collection of women, there will be a sisterhood that people will relate to whether they are guys or girls. There is a power to sisterhood. I also have come to learn that we had a large gay population that appreciates GLOW. In the mid-1980s, there wasn’t a representation of gayness on television. Our glitter and our goofiness and our great costumes made in Vegas; the cheekiness and campiness of the show, it turns out little boys who were gay coveted our act. I went on one of the GLOW cruises last February and all the fans were gay guys. We had so much fun together. That was a new education to me. They said, ‘My God, you were a pinnacle person in my life as a youngster. I felt like you guys were me on TV.’ That gave it richer importance in my life to hear that. There is a real power to what you represent when you go in front of people.”

Thoughts on WWE’s Women’s Evolution: “They’re wrestling. They are entertaining to me now. A few of them had different types of bodies. I was very pleased to see that things have come far, far away from the Diva Search days where it was, ‘Let’s have a bunch of girls in bikinis flop around and look stupid so the public can vote them on or of the show.’ ”

Ivory also discusses which of Netflix’s GLOW characters she sees herself in, first training to wrestle and first arriving to the WWE.

You can read the full interview here.

What did you think of the interview? Have you enjoyed Netflix’s GLOW series? Let us know in the comments below!

SHARE
  • Layla was the only gem to come out of the diva search. Everybody else lacked one thing or another.

    • thenotorious1

      Eve and Michelle mccool slayed during their time there.

      • Read what I wrote.

        • thenotorious1

          Eve and Michelle both got reactions and played the bad girl and good girl roles super well. They both had more years left but wanted to start a family. Layla was always a sidekick character and a utility girl to make others look better. If you look at her 2012 championship run she barely got a reaction and the following years later she got absolutely no reaction. Thr moment she introduced herself in the diva search the crowd booed her and the mix even said “tough crowd” but she slowly gained their respect and love. No hate for layla as I do love and adore her but Eve and Michelle were definitely better and more positively received characterwise.

          • The fact that you said Michelle got reactions.. Take this L and move on.

          • Carolution

            mccool never got a reaction that wasn’t edited in.

          • No lmao, they were both pushed and got ZERO reactions and Layla never got a big push when she was alone and still managed to get decent pops.

          • Summer_Slay #GiveSummerAChance

            Layla hardly got reaction during her solo heel run prior to teaming with McCool. Nobody cared for her when she was in ECW.

          • Duh, but I was talking about her face run in 2012. She got some cute pops compared to how badly they used her.

          • Summer_Slay #GiveSummerAChance

            I love Layla ever since they paired her with Michelle. I never had a favorite. Laycool was always Laycool to me. There was no Layla or Michelle. But if it wasnt for LayCool, Layla wasnt gonna get a push. And i do agree that she was getting good pops during her face run whihc i loved btw. And her reign as the divas champion was good i dont care what people say. She had her feuds with The Bellas, Beth and Eve. She helped WWE to put Aj, Eve and Kaitlyn over.

            But after her reign was over she struggled to stay relevant even tho both teams Aj&Layla and Slayers had a lot of potential WWE never did anything with them.

            But overall Michelle is better when you compere both of them.

          • perceval

            LayCool was an example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Alone, Layla and Michelle were just solid wrestlers. Together, they were magic.

            Eve came along at a bad time for someone with a legit martial arts background. If she had come along, now… Well, the Mae Young Classic has shown us how far you can get being an mma woman who is a close friend of Ronda’s.

            If they actually do the 4H vs 4H thing at Wrestlemania, I’d like to see Eve as Ronda’s team’s manager. Hell, bring her in with Shayna, and you already have a storyline, with Eve having old scores to settle with both Nikki and her fiance.

        • Kyle

          I read it. You’re wrong.

          • I ain’t ever saying lies.

      • Summer_Slay #GiveSummerAChance

        Dont forget the Bellas, Taryn, Brooke, Candice and Maryse. That xanax is clocking her mind again. I’m praying for this good sis.

    • BLKLTR05

      I disagree. Michelle McCool was amazing all around and Eve did well as well. Candice is right there along with Eve while Maria and Maryse weren’t the best in ring they have become great characters.

    • Degenerous Boss

      Eve, Michelle McCool, and Candice Michelle all ended up really good too y the end of their careers

      • Ain’t talking wrestling skills only.

        • Monkey Meat

          It’s funny how people are deflecting just to discredit Layla.

          • Degenerous Boss

            I love Layla, she probably is the #1 best to come from the Diva Search, I was just acknowledging that a few other women also had success from the search

    • Windyhawaii

      Eve? Michelle? Christy was doing pretty good too.

    • YonceLuvsDivas

      No she’s not! I love Layla but there’s others. Michelle McCool first divas champion and first to hold both women’s and divas championship, Candice Michelle the first diva search competitor to win a women’s championship, Eve the first and only diva search competitor to have 3 championship reigns, Maryse first longest reigning divas champion! And if that’s not enough you have Maria, Christy Hemme, Tiffany/Taryn Terrell who all made an impact in women’s wrestling as well.

      • Michelle: No it factor, no mic skills. No crowd reactions even with the machine behind her.
        Candice: No mic skills.
        Eve: Plain until heel turn.

        Layla had IT from the minute she showed up on Diva Search in 2006. Probably the most predictable winner ever.

        • Wicked Bliss

          No one from that search came to main roster 100% ready. All of them sucked in their early stages of career until they developed their character and ring skills.

        • YonceLuvsDivas

          #GirlBye Candice most definitely had the mic skills. I’ll refer you to her days in Vince’s Devil where she was gold. But anyway these are just opinions. You can’t base a reaction from what you hear on tv. The crowds are much louder live. The mics pretty much cover the floor seats and a bit of the higher seats.

          • Carolution

            candice couldn’t talk on the mic she sounded horrible that they had people on screen make fun of her for her inability to talk on the mic.

          • Gavin

            Have you watched the Vince’s Devils segments with Ashley? Candice’s mic skills were not bad, and she had pretty good timing.

          • Carolution

            the only time i can give candice a pass was when she had her playboy unveiling and she attacked torrie. thats the only time i thought her mic skills were ok-ish.

          • YonceLuvsDivas
          • Carolution

            you dont remember. nice pic of you btw

          • YonceLuvsDivas

            It’s your mom

          • Carolution

            well yours who you share a mattress with.

          • Gavin

            Right! My favorite Devil was Torrie, but Candice definitely carried the promos of that group.

          • YonceLuvsDivas

            Exactly! She carried the team with her promos. Victoria and Torrie was more about the action in the group.

          • Gavin

            Yes! Torrie and Victoria had the experience, so they paired them with Candice because she was the one who dominated the promos.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Candice could hardly speak on the mic without sounding like an inebriated bird.
            https://images.gr-assets.com/hostedimages/1413387676ra/11503608.gif

          • Monkey Meat

            Candice had 0 mic skills. Her voice alone turned me off.

          • YonceLuvsDivas
          • Summer_Slay #GiveSummerAChance

            0:00 to 0:40 Candice slayed that segment. They better not come for her again.

          • YonceLuvsDivas

            Iconic!!!

        • KatyaMenelli

          Right! When her season started, I knew she was going to be the winner. The crowd loved her.

        • Gavin

          Candice’s heel mic skills were pretty good imo. She just started focusing more on her ring work instead when she was a face.

        • perceval

          The most predictable winner was Ashley. Rather than go for the generic Diva look, she had her own style and put everything into getting her character over with the crowds. She stood out, immediately, so it was hers to lose from the start. Even with things like the hot dog eating contest, while the others were stuffing as many hot dogs into their mouths as they could as fast as possible, Ashley casually ate one hot dog… in character. She was like: I’m cool, I’m badass, and I happen to be eating a hot dog.

          Christy had it won with the Diss the Diva segment. Yeah, she went over the line with “cum guzzling gutter slut,” but, overall, it was a really good improvised promo.

    • ???

      I don’t know why they didn’t respect Layla in 2015-2016 , she became a jobber and then retired ..
      Loved her short black hair was awesome.
      But tbh both Layla and Michelle get no reaction when they are solo, only when they are paired with each other.

      • Layla got plenty reactions, although mild in 2012. She was the most over woman in the #1 contenders battle royal Naomi won. She was getting there until she had to take the backseat for Kaitlyn. And she got boos constantly in ECW.

        • Wicked Bliss

          I love Layla but I remember when she came back from injury as a face and was against Nikki for the title and she got no reaction at all. Maybe the fans were also suprised because theyre expecting Kharma.

          • Did I specifically say that exact night? Anyways.. All DS winners except Ashley can easily outwrestle Blisster.

          • Wicked Bliss

            Lol What does it have to do with Alexa?

        • Gavin

          She got booed in ECW because the fans loved Kelly, and she was feuding with Kelly.

      • Layla did get reactions and she wasn’t even pushed when she was Divas champion. Michelle was and still couldn’t even get a decent pop.

    • Gavin

      This is so bogus to me. A ton of distinct, recognizable names came out of that Search. No woman in WWE will ever be perfect. I love Layla, but she flopped for YEARS after that competition. She finally got good mic skills when she was with Michelle, but by the time her ring skills got to their peak, her mic skills were pretty much gone. Everyone lacks something, but it’s up to the viewers to decide whether or not we want to prioritize their potential over their flaws.

    • C Mack

      Candice? She was my fave anyway. That injury messed her up

  • Bryan Christopher

    I need her in the Hall of Fame ?

    • BLKLTR05

      You’re right. She deserves to be in there.

      • 0000000000000000000
        Collect 150 bucks /per day in time of your choice by performing work with this program I run into via the internet… Look it over, and start out on receiving profit from this moment!>>> http://smarturl.co/EAZNQgR

      • Carmakmyers

        Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !pa166:
        On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
        !pa166:
        ??
        ??;?? http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash166HomeLocalGetPay$97Hour ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????:::::!pa166l..,….

    • Degenerous Boss

      She’s guaranteed to go in…Right To Censor

      • Lindatkline

        Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !pa81d:
        On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
        !pa81d:
        ??
        ??;?? http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash81OfficeStudioGetPay$97Hour ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????:::::!pa81l..,…

      • Normakcueto

        Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !pa240d:
        On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
        !pa240d:
        ??
        ??;?? http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash240TopSearchGetPay$97Hour ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????:::::!pa240l..,….

    • Summer_Slay #GiveSummerAChance

      Not before HOLY Molly.

  • Jo9834

    Ivory never disappoints with her interviews, I love that she says what’s on her mind and has such a strong viewpoint in terms of a female in the business. I wonder if the WWE will ever put her in the hall of fame, her career was pretty solid for the most part minus a few gravy bowl matches here and there.

  • chrissi calvert

    I feel bad for her as shes always one of the “forgotten” women of WWE along with Tori. She deserves to be in the HOF

    • ???

      Love Tori, she was awesome.

    • Gavin

      I wouldn’t put Tori up there with Ivory, even though I am a fan of both. Tori had a much shorter run, and never really accomplished anything.

      • chrissi calvert

        Never said anything about them being same level. I said that they are 2 of the most forgotten women

        • Gavin

          True, but I am saying that Tori has more of a reason to be forgotten. Ivory on the other hand had 3 title reigns.

    • Degenerous Boss

      Ivory definitely is more memorable than Tori, Ivory is going to the HoF, we all know Tori isn’t

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    Not important. But ever since the Table for 3 with Ivory, Alundra, and Molly. I always wondered if Ivory herself was gay or bi. She said a few things that gave off the impression that she could be.

    • Windyhawaii

      shes married….. At most she is Bi but i doubt that

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        Google says she’s married to Dave Finlay? I had no idea.

        • Windyhawaii

          i didnt know either tbh, i just did a quick google search and found that too.

          • Gavin

            He’s married to a woman named Melanie Duffin. The thing about Ivory and Finlay getting married came from this: http://caws.ws/icw/index.php?/topic/127621-lisa-moretti/
            I think it’s wrestling role-play or something.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Yeah I was pretty sure Ivory has never married

          • Windyhawaii

            Thats really weird then lol……. Sooo has Ivory been single her whole life then?

    • Gavin

      Looking for a new minority to attack?

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        Yup I hate those gays we need to ship them back.

  • Mr. Giem

    I already watched GLOW’s documentary and my respect for Ivory has grown a lot. To say she was underrated during her time in the WWE is an understatement. She’s an ICON and was never afraid to speak up her mind.

    Women’s locker room needs more women like her.

  • I miss Ivory, she was always such a superb character! It has always been one of my wishes that she become a commentator in the WWE. I actually think she would make an excellent heel commentator. Was holding my breath that just maybe she would call the MYC, but alas it was not meant to be.

    • Gavin

      She called Victoria vs Trish on Heat in 2005, and it was so good! She was very excitable and fun, so I think she would be a better face commentator, but I agree.

      • She just played a heel so well!

      • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

        She was so entertaining on commentary for that match.

    • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

      I’ve always wanted her to be a commentator as well, specially in the MYC.

  • Kvngbalor

    Love her underrated all around talent future Hall Of Famer

  • ???

    I love her, she was my one of my fav and a main her in WWE games in PS1 when I was a little girl xD
    Very underrated, she had the mic skills.. charisma, and wrestling ability !
    I don’t understand why she didn’t get the treatment that Trish and Lita had ? She was even better than them overall , she was a great heel ..
    Also, girl ! She doesn’t age at all ! She gets older, her looks become more young lol !

    • Carolution

      ivory was such a great heel thats why she put so many women over, its what heels do.

  • Mark?

    QUEEN IVORY UNDERSTANDS HOW MANY GAY FANS SHE HAS! YASSS QUEEN.

    • A One of a Kind Collectible

      I think it’s weird that a lot of the girls don’t acknowledge their gay fan base, I know Naomi did during the PULSE tribute episode of Total Divas, but not a lot of the girls mention it, which is a shame because they could invoke a really interesting debate and talk about the topic

      • Mark?

        I don’t think they realize how many of their fans are actually gay

  • A One of a Kind Collectible

    Ivory is such an icon! She helped train the golden era girls and was always an advocate for women’s wrestling (Take the infamous Divas vs Women’s Wrestlers, Wrestlers Court for example) What more can we want, she respects the gays, she is a total bad ass and she doesn’t seem to take herself too seriously. GIVE THIS BITCH THE HOF RING SHE DESERVES

  • Carolution

    wwe needs to HOF ivory she made the womens title relevant in the late 90’s into the early 00’s.

  • Gavin
  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    Ivory has always had strong opinions about women’s wrestling. I don’t agree with all of them but I highly respect them because I see where she’s coming from. She’s never been against sexy women wrestling or their sexy gimmicks, she was against un-professional wrestlers. Women who didn’t had any abilities to perform in the ring and tell a story.

  • She honestly should’ve went into the HOF before Beth. Not up for debate…
    https://media.giphy.com/media/3o85xGocUH8RYoDKKs/giphy.gif

  • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

    We need someone like
    Ivory in WWE creative pushing for the girls.