One of the pleasant surprises of WrestleMania Weekend this year was seeing Molly Holly and Ivory.
The two diva alums were all smiles meeting members of the WWE Universe at WrestleMania Axxess in March in San Jose, Calif. When asked about their rare appearance, Ivory (Lisa Moretti) responded with, “A change of life happens with a phone call.”
This was true more than a decade ago. After making a name for herself in Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) and other promotions, she was contacted by WWE in 1999. Ivory made the most of her opportunity. She won the women’s championship three times, appeared on the cover of Entertainment Weekly magazine with Stone Cold Steve Austin, hosted shows and served as trainer on “Tough Enough.” These days she pursues a new passion as an animal advocate and pet services provider.
“I work with dogs and cats all day long,” she said. “I work by myself, for myself. I’m around 15 or 20 dogs every day of my life. It’s just like wrestling.”
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to the Miami Herald
The veteran grappler does enjoy doing the occasional signing at Axxess or, most recently, at the tribute to women’s wrestling event in Wilmington, N.C. Although Ivory is removed from the business today, she is optimistic about a female talent’s role in it.
“I was fortunate enough to watch Bayley at NXT, when they had their matches,” she said. “Those girls were on fire. It’s all around us. Great ladies’ wrestling is all around us. So it has not disappeared by any means.”
Molly Holly (Nora Greenwald-Benshoof) agrees. The WWE Universe fell in love with her as the onscreen cousin of Hardcore Holly and Crash Holly. She was also Mighty Molly, the sidekick of Hurricane Helms. Holly showed a more serious side toward the end of her WWE tenure, which she parlayed into an impressive women’s championship reign. Today she makes a difference in a new way.
“I work at Teen Challenge, which is a worldwide organization that helps people overcome alcohol and drug addiction,” Holly said.
WrestleMania Weekend was special to Holly because she witnessed Madusa being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Before signing with WWE, Holly had the chance to work with Madusa and Macho Man Randy Savage as Miss Madness.
“I talked to Nattie [Natalya] a little bit, and I complimented her inducting Madusa,” she said. “It’s about time. She really paved the way for me. To be able to be there, and she did such an awesome job with her speech. I thought it was great.”
Holly likes to keep posted on her former workplace through WWE.com. For her, getting the chance to see former co-workers and fans and participate in WrestleMania festivities is a fun trip down memory lane.
“There is nothing like it in the world,” she said. “The energy, the excitement, it’s awesome. I love being a part of it.”
- Follow me on Twitter @smFISHMAN
- Pro Wrestling On The Web