This week on Sean Waltman’s “Pro Wrestling 4 Life” podcast, Molly Holly joins the show as the special guest to talk about her wrestling career and her WWE Hall Of Fame induction.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
Molly Holly talking about the reasons she left WCW for WWE:
“Macho Man had either left WCW or just stopped going. I’m not sure. I was brought on by Macho Man and then all of a sudden he wasn’t there, so they were looking at me like, ‘Wait a minute, you’re Macho Man’s friend and now he’s not here. What are we doing with you again?’ So, they didn’t issue the second year of my contract. There wasn’t a women’s division. I wasn’t in with anybody. Nobody said, ‘Oh, I want her as my manager.’ I was at the Power Plant. Pretty much what they did is they brought me to the Power Plant. I trained a bunch of the Nitro Girls. Then I just did squats with Palumbo and Jindrak, Allan Funk, Elix Skipper, and Romeo. I just hung out at the Power Plant and worked out. Finally, after doing that for like six months, J.J. Dillon called me and said, ‘We’re not going to issue your second year of your contract.’ I said, ‘When can I go to try to work somewhere else?’ He said, ‘Where?’ I said, ‘WWF.’ He said, ‘I guess you can right now.’ The next week I got a job with WWF.”
Molly Holly said she never had conversations with Vince McMahon until asking for her release:
“I didn’t have any conversations with Vince. The only conversation I had with Vince in my entire career was when I asked to be released from my contract early. The only time I’ve ever said more than hello to him, so, the way that I got hired was through Jim Ross. Then, throughout my time there, I would talk with the writers or the head of talent relations, but I didn’t really have any conversations with Vince. So, it was a big deal for me to walk into his office and tell him thank you for everything and that I’d like to fold my chapter of pro wrestling. He shook my hand at The Hall of Fame. He was very nice.”
“What was that exchange like in that room with you and Vince?”
“It was awesome. Vince was great. I first went in and I told him all about how my career has been such a blessing. The fact that I got to wrestle in 15 different countries, like, I would have never seen those places if it wasn’t for him. The fact that I got a good retirement savings because of how he paid me, I wanted to let him know this was an amazing experience and I am so grateful and I feel complete and I would like to be let out of my contract. I don’t want to work anywhere else. I just feel complete. He spent like 10 minutes telling me how important I was to the business, how much he’s appreciated my work ethic, how great of a champion I was. He complimented me for like 10 minutes and said that if I ever wanted to come back, the door was always open. He shook my hand, and that was it.”
On this week’s podcast, Waltman also talks about Steve McMichael being diagnosed with ALS, MLW’s TV deal with Vice, Daniel Bryan teasing leaving WWE, and Sam Roberts joins Sean to talk about WCW Souled Out 97 where Sean wrestled Eddie Guerrero in a ladder match.