Molly Holly Says Nitro Girls Were Forced To Wrestle

Molly Holly got out of pro wrestling full-time in her 20's, but she was training wrestlers almost ten years earlier.

Holly, who is working with Daivari and Mr. Kennedy at their new wrestling academy spoke to X-Pac on the 1,2,360 Podcast. You can see submitted highlights below, and the full show above.

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Her training:

"I had been wanting to get into Dean Malenko’s school, and at the time he was saying, no I’m not training any more girls. I’ve been there, done that. I want nothing to do with it. And so I was just working the indies around Tampa and I got booked just to do a dark match with WCW and Dean Malenko saw me wrestle Malia Hosaka. He pulled me aside and he said, if you want to come down to my school you can. And I needed it, you know? I was horribly green. There was so much I didn’t know. And so Dean let me come to his school, and every now and then Eddie Guerrerowould stop in. And so I’d say I got most of my skilled training from Dean Malenko."

The Nitro Girls:

"When I was training at the [WCW] Power Plant that’s when a lot of the Nitro Girls were being forced into becoming wrestlers, and I would put down the crash pads and show them on the crash pads and there were a few old-timers that were like, oh they’re not paying their dues, this is crap, they should be taking the bumps just like everyone else. I’m like, first of all they don’t even want to be wrestlers. They want to just earn a living and they’re being forced from going to being dancers to models to being wrestlers. Why would I hurt them? Why would I intentionally be giving them concussions? So I’m a fan of doing things safe and I know that almost all of my concussions definitely happened before I got to the television level of professional wrestling. So I don’t want anybody to be messed up for life because they wanted to follow their dream and their passion."

Gaining confidence:

"I honestly was totally happy doing biker bar shows in Tampa and wrestling at VFWs in front of fifty people. I didn’t really see myself as anything more than that. So when people kept encouraging me and giving me opportunities and kind of pushing me out there, Lanny Poffo would force me. He goes, get your gear, go to the show and say, I’m here to do jobs for your stars. He’s like, you get your face out there, and I’m like, well I don’t know. I feel stupid. He’s like, you can do it, you can do it. So it was through the encouragement of others I was like, wow maybe I really can be on TV."

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