A few weeks ago, we posted a WWF dark match from late 2001 featuring Jazz wrestling Lita before the former’s official debut at that year’s Survivor Series. A quick nose around the same YouTube account brought up another untelevised contest from around the same time, so we bring it to you for this week’s Retro.
This one sees Molly Holly in action under her Mighty Molly gimmick. Her persona from the female Holly cousin happened after she turned on her boyfriend Spike Dudley to align herself with The Hurricane who was part of the WCW and ECW conglomerate known as The Alliance. To match in with his superhero persona, she became his ever-faithful sidekick – though the gimmick was so over that it eventually started to be cheered – and once the Invasion angle was over with, the pair turned babyface.
This match from December of that year sees Molly take on Dee Dee Venturi – a woman who at the time was doing jobs on WCW and WWF TV. Starting her wrestling career relatively late – at the age of 33 – she had been wrestling for three years when this match rolled around. Earlier in 2001, she had fallen to Lexie Fyfe in a WWF dark match, and had also wrestled Molly herself in WCW on a few occasions when Holly was competing under the name of Mona. (more…)
Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers/listeners, who are spending the day eating roasted birds and things containing pumpkins while watching Gridiron football or the Macy’s parade. As Brits, we’re not entirely clued up on what goes on on this particular Thursday in November, but we have seen a lot of people talking about what they are thankful for. So, in the spirit of the day, we shall do the same.
We are thankful for every single one of you who chooses to visit our website, download an interview or podcast, read an article, leave a comment, share our contributions with others and so on. We are also thankful for women who go step into the ring and work hard to entertain the fans; we’re thankful for promoters who give them the opportunity to do so, and we’re thankful for every fan who spends money supporting the wrestlers and the promotions.
So as a thanks to all of you, we’ve got a series of videos of matches which took place around Thanksgiving, but may not necessarily have a Thanksgiving theme. As a result, we’ve got Trish Stratus v Molly Holly from WWF SmackDown on November 23, 2000; The Pilgrims (Michelle McCool, Layla & Jillian Hall) v The Indians (Kelly Kelly, Mickie James & Melina) from WWE Raw on November 23, 2009; Hannah Blossom v Josie from OVW Thanksgiving Thunder on November 28, 2009; and Winter, Angelina Love & Madison Rayne v Velvet Sky, Brooke Tessmacher & Tara from TNA Impact Wrestling on November 24 last year.
Happy Turkey Day, everybody! (more…)
“SOOO who’s ready for EVEN MORE changes to Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling ? Well heck it wouldn’t be a 24 hour day without some now would it!
“Stay tuned as we’re sure to serve up even more random stuff from the wacky world of Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling in the morning. Perhaps we should start doing contests like Guess The Next Girl To Drop Off ? Gotta love it.
“PS – not one single change to the loaded PWS lineup on Friday.”
That was one of the posts which Pro Wrestling Syndicate posted on its official Facebook page last week ahead of the debut Bombshell Ladies Of Wrestling show on Thursday. As it happened, the show managed to fulfil its promise of presenting 8 opening round matches for its Sweet Sixteen tournament, though the lineup was a million miles away from the card which it originally posted. Reports from the show say it was a lot of fun, so it appears the fans went home from the Rahway Recreation Center in New Jersey happy, and by the sounds of the post above, the promoters of PWS breathed a sigh of relief. (more…)
Former two-time WWE Women’s Champion Molly Holly has been announced as being the the Cauliflower Alley Club‘s 2013 Women’s Wrestling Honoree, an award which she will receive at the next meet between April 15-17 in Las Vegas, NV. The 35-year old has rarely been seen on WWE TV since her departure in 2005, with her most recent cameo being in 2009 during the WrestleMania XXV Diva Battle Royal, and has generally kept her distance from wrestling in that time…
Nora Greenwald didn’t aspire to be a wrestler. During her teenage years, she was a record breaking powerlifter, and also trained as a gymnast, admitting that she only wrestled for fun – not to become a star… though a star is what she became by travelling from her home state of Minnesota to Florida in 1996 at the age of 18 with $200 in her pocket. She was working in a Subway when she made the decision to give this grappling lark a go, training with then-WCW employee Dean Malenko and debuting in the summer of 1998 as Starla Saxton. (more…)
A week ago we talked to the lovely Lisa Moretti, aka Ivory – and we left her on the verge of heading off to Los Angeles to attend the LA premiere of GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. A week on, it’s time for another chat to discuss how the premiere went, what she thought of the documentary, and who showed up. From there, it’s time for a headlong dive into the massive second part of Lisa’s wrestling career, as Ivory in WWE. We talk how she got into the promotion, her ho psychology, getting up to speed after so many years away from the business… and just WHAT WAS UP WITH THAT PURPLE SCARF?? We talk working with The Fabulous Moolah & Mae Young, the horrendous Armageddon ’99 Evening Gown Swimming Pool match, Miss Kitty as a locker room poison, the Right to Censor and her program with Chyna, and Steve Austin‘s opinion on their WrestleMania match. Lisa also discusses Stacy Keibler & Torrie Wilson (and deviating from the script), Fit Finlay and the evolution of the Divas division and the end of her road with the company. Once again, an absolute pleasure and a class act. Enjoy.
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Coming up later today is the second part of our double Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Lisa “Ivory” Moretti - part one of which you can listen to by clicking here. In the first part, we concentrated on her time as Tina Ferrari in the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling, while the upcoming episode will be more of a look as her time as Ivory in WWE. On last week’s Retro, we showcased a couple of her GLOW matches – this time, it’s one from WWE, and in fact, it’s her final match on pay-per-view.
After winning the Women’s Championship on three occasions, giving the women’s division a direction back in 1999 and later being part of the hated Right To Censor group – all things which we discuss with her in the podcast coming later, by the way – Ivory’s in-ring appearances became more sporadic in the latter days of the Attitude era, but she was put against Molly Holly at the tail end of 2003. At this point, Ivory was the veteran babyface looking for another run with the title that she had held so proudly between 1999 and 2001. Her only PPV appearance of 2003 was at Armageddon on December 14, where she challenged Molly for the title.
Be warned – this match may make you very upset at modern-day Divas matches. Thankfully, the commentary is much more tasteful these days… (more…)
Former NWA World Women’s Champion Malia Hosaka has decided to hang up the boots after close to 25 years in the business.
Making the announcement on her Facebook page, the 42-year old Hawaiian said:
It has been a great 25 years, and I am grateful to all the fans who have supported me thru the years! but I am officially retired from the wrestling industry as of today. Thank you to all who supported/employed and believed in me thru the years!
This presumably means that the proposed triple threat match with Malia taking on Cheerleader Melissa and Mickie James in Traditional Championship Wrestling on April 7 will be scrapped, considering the retirement has already started.
Hosaka leaves behind a huge body of work, dating back to 1987 when she was trained by Killer Kowalski and former NWA United States Women’s Champion Misty Blue Simmes, before debuting on August 7 of that year, teaming with Simmes against Mad Dog Debbie Irons and Linda Dallas in Holyoake, MA. Speaking to us last year on one of our most frank Women Of Wrestling Podcasts ever, Malia discussed how she perceived wrestling before she started training:
I think I knew that the end was fixed – I didn’t know if the moves were actually real.
She would learn. (more…)
Audio Week concludes with the first Women of Wrestling Podcast of the new year, featuring the woman behind the ArenaChicks project, Amber O’Neal. The ArenaChicks will be at the LA WrestleReunion event at the end of the month, launching volume 2 of their DVD series and having a mini show at the event. Amber joins us to announce new names for the WrestleReunion taping, and discuss the concept behind the project. We hear about working the convention circuit (and the Gathering of the Juggalos) and a rundown on what to expect on Vol 2. In addition we talk about Amber’s career to date, including a story from her first match (wrestling Leilani Kai), help from Molly Holly, wrestling on a torn ACL for a year, shenanigans with Krissy Vaine as Team Blondage, SHIMMER and more.
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A couple of days ago, I realised that next year, World Wrestling Entertainment would have been in existence for a decade. On May 5, 2002, the World Wrestling Federation ceased to exist – except in backdated Tagged Classics from Silver Vision and historians who refuse to use revisionist history and still refer to anything before that point as the WWF (and I’m one of them) – and the following day, WWE thrust itself into the forefront, courtesy of a bunch of horrendous vignettes and the infamous – and still confusing – “Get The F Out” slogan which had an accidental secondary purpose of telling fans to bugger off. If you don’t know why the WWF name had to go, it’s because the company played chicken with the World Wildlife Fund, and lost.
Officially, the final WWF show was Insurrextion, an annual UK-only pay-per-view which trotted out second rate stars for the undercard, had decent main events and while observing current storylines, did nothing to forward or develop them. As such, they weren’t worth buying, and eventually, WWE stopped running them and chose to do tours and record Raw and SmackDown in the UK instead. However, even though Insurrextion was the final show presented under the WWF name, it wasn’t the final WWF TV show, as that honour went to Sunday Night Heat, which had its matches taped before the previous Monday’s Raw.
The final Heat was broadcast on May 5, and closed the show with a match between Trish Stratus and Molly Holly, who had turned heel on the April 1 episode of Raw by interfering in a Trish v Terri Runnels Bikini Paddle on a Pole match (oh, how I miss those days) and solidified her new status by levelling Terri with a brutal headshot that would never happen now.
Click after the jump to see that match, and also how the WWE era was also welcomed into existence. (more…)
Earlier today, we unleashed our latest Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Malia Hosaka, where she talked about cosmetic surgery, meeting Luna Vachon, being messed around by the WWF and a range of other topics. But two of the spikier subjects that Malia discussed was her feeling on Madusa and Molly Holly.
If you haven’t listened to the podcast yet, go and check it out, but also make sure you have a watch of these two matches from Hosaka’s time in WCW, which includes a rare win over Madusa in the summer of 1996, and a loss to Holly (then wrestling as Starla Saxton and still in her first year in the business) from 1998.
Enjoy them both after the jump. (more…)
Jillian Hall may have spent most of her WWE tenure as a heel, she was also a plucky babyface when she was plying her craft in Ohio Valley Wrestling in the early half of the last decade. Here we have a match from the July 30, 2003 episode OVW TV featuring Hall against then-WWE Women’s Champion Molly Holly.
Molly was essentially playing the same role Ric Flair did in the 1980s – travelling from promotion to promotion as the NWA World Champion trying to get the most out of the top stars in the territory but still escaping with the title or with his pride intact, but leaving the top star in a better position than before he entered.
Also, keep an eye out in the video for Alexis Laree. You know her better as Mickie James.