Sep 6, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Nora Greenwald (Benshoof)
Weight: 140 lbs.
Date of birth: September 7, 1977
From: Forest Lake, MN
Pro debut: August 2, 1997
Trained by: Dean Malenko
Finishing move: Molly-Go-Round
Audio: Greenwald interviewed on the Gerweck Report Hotline
- On August 8, 1997, Greenwald, wrestling as Starla Sexton, pinned the Wench in Port Richey, FL for the WPWF (World Professional Wrestling Federation) Women’s title.
- In the fall of 1998, Sexton wrestled Jacqueline at a WWF “Raw” television taping in East Lansing, MI. The Jacqueline vs. Sexton contest was shown on “Sunday Night Heat.”
- Greenwald worked predominately on the Florida independent scene until landing a job with WCW in 1999.
- The WCW creative department gave Greenwald the alias of Miss Madness, and put her with Randy Savage’s Team Madness along with Gorgeous George and Madusa. (Sid Vicious later became apart of Team Madness).
- Miss Madness was in Savage’s corner at the 1999 Bash at the Beach PPV in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, when “The Macho Man” pinned Sting in a tag match to capture the WCW title.
- The next night on “Nitro,” Miss Madness slapped Hulk Hogan.
- A week later on “Nitro,” Miss Madness and Madusa had a major falling out.
- On the July 22, 1999 edition of “Thunder,” Miss Madness used a suplex to defeat Brandi Alexander. However, after the match, Savage fired Miss Madness from his group.
- The public firing by Savage turned Greenwald babyface. As a result, she was given a new ring name – Mona.
- After dropping a mixed gender match on the December 2, 1999 episode of “Thunder” to Madusa and Evan Karagias, Mona drop-kicked Jeff Jarrett, but received a guitar shot for her efforts.
- The following week, WCW creative director Vince Russo “fired” Mona.
- Mona returned to “Nitro” on the St. Valentine’s day ’00 episode, but it was apparent that the WCW creative team had run out of ideas for her.
- Off camera, Greenwald trained women at the WCW Power Plant training facility in Atlanta, GA.
- Mona was regulated to wrestling on WCW’s Saturday Night program.
- In the summer of 2000, WCW released Greenwald, and in August, she officially signed with the WWF.
- After coming to terms with the WWF, Greenwald worked out at the IPW training school in Florida.
- Greenwald worked in Memphis until she made her television debut on the November 6, 2000 edition of “Raw,” attacking Trish Stratus.
- Three nights later on “Smackdown,” Crash Holly officially introduced Greenwald as his “cousin,” Molly Holly.
- At Survivor Series ’00 in Tampa, FL, Crash, Molly, and Steve Blackman defeated Stratus and T&A (Test and Albert).
- On the November 23, 2000 episode of “Smackdown,” Holly defeated Stratus with a somersault.
- Four weeks later on the same program, Crash and Molly downed Kaientai.
- In May 2001, Molly’s relationship with Spike Dudley caused friction between the Dudley’s and the Holly’s.
- In the same month, Greenwald was informed that she had been nominated for the SCW (Southern Championship Wrestling) hall of fame.
- On the June 11, 2001 episode of “Raw,” Molly and Dudley kissed in the middle of the ring.
- The following week, Molly slapped “Stone Cold” Steve Austin after being called a “bimbo.” However, Austin gained revenge by giving her a stone cold stunner.
- On the July 2, 2001 edition of “Raw” in Tacoma, WA, Molly pinned Crash thanks to outside interference from Jacqueline.
- On the October 1, 2001 episode of “Raw,” Molly left Spike Dudley, and joined The Hurricane (Helms).
- After joining Helms, Holly became “Mighty Molly.”
- On the October 8, 2001 edition of “Raw,” Molly upset Lita.
- At Wrestlemania X-8 in Toronto, Molly pinned The Hurricane for the WWF Hardcore title.
- In March 2002, Greenwald reverted back to her original WWF persona, Molly Holly.
- At the 2002 King of the Ring in Columbus, OH, Molly defeated Stratus to capture the WWE Women’s title.
- On the July 28, 2003 episode of “Raw,” Molly defeated Gail Kim to regain the WWE Women’s title in Colorado Springs, CO.
- Molly successfully defended the WWE Women’s title at the 2003 Survivor Series against Lita.
- At Armageddon ’03, Molly defeated Ivory to once again successfully retain the Women’s title.
- On February 5, 2004 in Hiroshima, Japan, Molly defeated Lita to retain the Women’s title.
- On April 12, 2005, WWE.COM announced that Molly Holly had been released.