Along with Christian (and I’m sure somewhere Vince McMahon is saying “you sure blew your chance, pal”), Molly Holly was atop a lot of peoples should-be-in the WWE Hall of Fame lists.
Earlier today (Mar. 10), the former Women’s champion got the Hall call. We saw how moved Shane “Hurricane” Helms was to tell his old partner in superheroics the news on The Bump:
And in case that didn’t get the waterworks going for you, The Bump also showed this old clip of NXT’s Tegan Nox meeting her inspiration for the first time:
In an incredibly emotional moment, @TeganNoxWWE_ of #WWENXT broke down in tears when meeting her hero #MollyHolly for the very first time. And we have that footage for you right here!#WWETheBump pic.twitter.com/UQ8yJznF1T— WWE’s The Bump (@WWETheBump) March 10, 2021
Nox was among many who jumped on social media to should out Molly (to save us from a string of quote tweets of the above video clips, I’ve screenshotted some of these. The original tweet is linked in those cases):
Guys I can't even tell you how happy this makes me!!! Everyone. Literally EVERYONE loves Nora #MollyHolly ...selfless, trail blazer, advocate for others, ring general, one of the best human beings I've ever known...and now FINALLY a #WWEHallOfFamer— Betty Phoenix (@TheBethPhoenix) March 10, 2021
When I think of Molly Holly, I think of a woman who lifted up other women while blazing her own incredible path. Beautiful inside and out... congratulations Molly Holly on your @wwe Hall Of Fame induction. YOU DESERVE IT—— pic.twitter.com/Y8ocbuNyOY— Natalie K. Neidhart (@NatbyNature) March 10, 2021
Thank you @wwe and @WWETheBump for giving me the honor of breaking this morning’s news. I tried my best not to cry, I failed in spectacular fashion. ♂️ Congrats Mighty Molly Holly! You deserve this so much!— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) March 10, 2021
Many people say @WWE Superstars are real-life superheroes and in this case ... she truly is! A women’s champion, an inspiration to our current roster, and simply a wonderful person. Congratulations to #MollyHolly on being the first inductee into the #WWEHOF class of 2021!! https://t.co/n0Am7w5cBH— Triple H (@TripleH) March 10, 2021
I met Molly in my first year of training and I went up to her table at a convention. I told her I was training and dreamed of being in WWE someday. As I started to nervously walk away she stopped me & handed me one of her DVDs she was selling. She believed https://t.co/N7gEnFkFcj— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) March 10, 2021
As to why she’s getting such a virtual “you deserve it” chant? She’s undoubtedly a great person, but she’s also dedicated to her craft. Take this story of how she bargained her way onto the WrestleMania XX card at a time when there was no guarantee a ‘Mania would have any women’s matches:
“I was a champion, and the writers told me that there was only room for one women’s match at WrestleMania. They were going to do a pillow fight or a mud match. I was really devastated and thought I gotta come up with something that makes them change their minds. So I put a bald cap on and had my photo taken. I made a booklet with a bunch of different storylines showing my head getting shaved. I presented it to Stephanie McMahon and some of the writers and said: ‘I’m willing to shave my head, can I please be on WrestleMania?’ Sure enough, they came back to me couple days later and said ‘All right, we’ll let you get your head shaved at WrestleMania.’”
Congrats Molly. You really do deserve it!