WWE Hall of Famer and Legend Molly Holly was this year’s women’s inductee into WWE’s Hall of Fame. The 2021 Hall of Fame class was aired alongside the 2020 class as a result of the latter not being aired last year due to the pandemic. One noticeable part of the event was how short Molly’s speech was.
Molly spoke recently with Busted Open Radio to discuss her “rollercoaster of emotions” when it came to having the speech that she worked very hard on and practiced with cut down to two minutes after originally being told she would have 15 minutes.
“So, I’m not sure how honest I should be. It was really awesome that Hurricane Helms — he was the one that used to tell me I was going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the fact that he legitimately for real got choked up, and he was super proud of me and that was really, really special. So, I love that moment. But the behind the scenes of after that was, I was told that I’d have about fifteen minutes to give a speech, so I spent a lot of time and had three friends of mine that are professional writers help me and I practiced it for like 60 hours. I have a regular 9 to 5 job and after that, every day after work, I would practice it as I was going for a walk.
I worked really hard on that and then a couple of days before they said, ‘Oh, never mind, you actually have two minutes to give your speech. I cried for like four hours. A lot of the times when I used to wrestle full time they would tell us, ‘Okay you have twelve minutes to wrestle,’ and then right before we walk out they’d be like, ‘No, nope, you have four minutes.’ We’d be like, [sighs] ‘We were so ready to tell a story of good versus evil and give the fans their money’s worth and now it’s just like entrances, two moves and end the match. It would be such a heartbreak, so I think I took a lot of that resentment or hurt or whatever from twenty years ago and piled it onto that moment when they cut my speech down and I was so sad.
But, here’s the good news, the WWE made it right and they let me give my speech on their YouTube page that has like 75 million people that look on that. So then here I was so hurt and then I was so happy that they let me thank Dean Malenko and Lanny Poffo and these people that really, really helped shape my career. So it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for me.” [h/t Fightful]
You can watch her full speech below:
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