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Encyclopedia > The Fabulous Moolah
Lilian Ellison
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Ring name(s) The Fabulous Moolah
Slave Girl Moolah
Spiderlady
Billed height 5 ft 6 in [1]
Billed weight 138 lb [1]
Born July 22, 1923 (1923-07-22) (age 84)
Columbia, South Carolina [1]
Debut 1949

Lilian Ellison [1], better known by her ring name The Fabulous Moolah (born July 22, 1923), is a female professional wrestler who is marketed by World Wrestling Entertainment for holding the record for the longest title reign by any athlete in any professional sport. She is well known as being the first NWA and WWF Women's Champion. is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in Richland County in the state of South Carolina Coordinates: , Country United States State South Carolina Counties Richland County, South Carolina Government  - Mayor Bob Coble, (D) Area  - City  133. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ...

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Early Life

Lillian Ellison was born on September 15, 1923 and grew up in Tookiedoo, South Carolina, the youngest of 13 siblings and the sole girl. She was 8 when her mother died of cancer, and by age 10, she was already working at her cousin’s cotton farm. Ellison was deeply distraught over her mother’s death, so to cheer her up, her father would take her to the local Tuesday night wrestling matches. Ellison immediately began idolizing the dominant women’s wrestler of the era, Mildred Burke, who had given the female division added attention and popularity. At just age 14, Ellison married 21-year old Walter Carroll, and though the marriage lasted just two years, Ellison gave birth to a daughter, Mary. Ellison then ignored her dad’s pleas to stay home with the baby and set out for a wrestling career of her own. is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mildred Bliss was an American professional wrestler, who wrestled under the name Mildred Burke. ...


Wrestling career

1940s-1950s

In the late 1940s, she began wrestling for Mildred Burke’s husband Billy Wolfe, the dominant women’s promoter of the time. Wolfe was notorious for advising his wrestlers to sleep with competing promoters to ensure additional bookings, a practice Ellison refused to go along with. However, she soon began a romance with wrestler Johnny Long, whom she eventually married. Long trained her and hooked her up with various promoters, who began using her as a valet for male stars. Ellison debuted as “Slave Girl Moolah” in 1949, serving as the valet for the Elephant Boy (Tony Olivas). By the early 1950s, Moolah was a valet for the legendary “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers, providing eye candy for the male audiences while assisting Rogers against his babyface opponents. Within a few years, she began wrestling under the name Fabulous Moolah, just as Burke was reaching the end of her long career. On September 18, 1956, Moolah defeated Judy Grable in a 13-woman battle royale to win the vacant Women’s World Title (although June Byers still held claim the NWA Women’s Championship after beating Burke three years earlier). Mildred Bliss was an American professional wrestler, who wrestled under the name Mildred Burke. ... Billy Wolfe was a professional wrestling promoter who was active from the 1930s to the 1950s. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nellya Burres-Baughman (August 21, 1925 - September 13, 1962) was an American professional wrestler who was best known as Judy Grable. ... National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the largest governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ...


1960s-1970s dominance

Upon winning the championship, the Fabulous Moolah quickly established herself as the heir to Mildred Burke’s throne, as her first World Title reign lasted over ten years. Moolah successfully defended the belt against the top female wrestlers in the world, while also befriending some of the biggest celebrities of the day, including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Hank Williams (whom she dated for a year following her divorce from Long). In addition, she also opened a women’s wrestling school where she trained and promoted a variety of new female wrestlers, most notably the Lady Angel. After June Byers retired in 1964, Moolah was subsequently recognized as the NWA Champion, thus making her the undisputed Women’s World Champion. Defending the title across the world, Moolah was never averse to using heel tactics to retain her title. Nevertheless, Moolah finally dropped the belt on September 17, 1966 to Betty Boucher, although she regained the title just weeks later. After trading the belt with Yukiko Tomoe during a tour of Japan in 1968, Moolah began an uninterrupted 8-year reign before losing to Sue Green at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1976. However, any defeats were mere bumps in the road for the Fabulous Moolah, who would always regain her title a short time later; and eventually, she would purchase the legal rights to the belt, making her the virtual owner of the women’s wrestling division! After losing the championship for two days to Evelyn Stevens in 1978, Moolah began another long reign, defending the title for another 6 years before a revolutionary storyline would bring women’s wrestling to its zenith in the mid 1980s. Mildred Bliss was an American professional wrestler, who wrestled under the name Mildred Burke. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... This article is about Hank Williams, Sr. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ...


1980s Rock n Wrestling Connection

In 1983, Vincent K. McMahon began expanding the WWF nationally, and he offered Moolah a lucrative deal for the rights to her Women’s World Title. Moolah agreed to appear exclusively for the WWF and thus became the WWF Women’s Champion. The following year, pop music superstar Cyndi Lauper began a verbal feud with heel manager Captain Lou Albano that brought pro wrestling into the mainstream culture in an angle that became known as the Rock ‘n Wrestling Connection. When it was finally time for Lauper and Albano to settle their differences in the ring, a big matchup was scheduled with Albano representing Moolah against the challenge of Lauper’s young protégé, a beautiful challenger named Wendi Richter. In vintage WWF fashion, history was rewritten as Moolah was portrayed as having held the Women’s Title uninterrupted for the previous thirty years (which was nearly true since all of Moolah’s past title losses totaled just a few weeks that she had not held the belt since 1956). After much buildup and a tremendous amount of hype, the Fabulous Moolah finally lost the championship in the most anticipated women’s matchup in history when she was defeated by Wendi Richter on July 23, 1984 in the main event at “the Brawl to End it All,” which was broadcast live on MTV. Vince McMahon Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 24, 1945 in Pinehurst, North Carolina), is an American professional wrestling promoter. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling organization. ... Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper (born June 22, 1953) is an iconic American Grammy Award-winning singer and Emmy Award-winning film, television and theatre actress. ... -1... Wendy Savinovich is a professional wrestler famous under the name of Wendi Richter. ... is the 204th day of the year (205th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ...


After losing the title to Richter, Moolah's glorious career seemed to have come to a close, and she then trained Leilani Kai, who beat Richter for the title in February 1985. Richter won it back at Wrestlemania I, but when Richter’s relationship quickly soured with the WWF, Moolah donned a mask as the Spider Lady, and regained the belt on November 25, 1985 in a controversial decision (Richter was never told she would be losing the title, and fell victim to a real-life "screwjob" finish). Moolah was unmasked by Richter after the match. Richter promptly quit the WWF after this match, while Moolah continued to dominate the promotion’s lady’s division for another 2 years (excluding a 6-day reign by Velvet McIntyre during a tour of Australia in 1986) before finally losing the belt to Sherri Martel on July 24, 1987. She would retire from full-time competition shortly after the loss to Sherri, though she would captain a team at the inaugural Survivor Series 1987. Her team (Moolah, Velvet McIntyre, Rockin' Robin, and the Jumping Bomb Angels) defeated champion Martel and her team (Leilani Kai, Judy Martin, Donna Christanello, and Dawn Marie). Patricia Karisma-Schroeder (better known by her stage name as Leilani Kai) is a professional wrestler. ... WrestleMania I was the inagural supercard event in the WWF/WWEs annual series of WrestleMania events. ... is the 329th day of the year (330th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... In professional wrestling a screwjob occurs when a match ends in a controversial finish, often involving cheating or outside interference. ... Velvet Mykietowich is a professional wrestler. ... Sherri Martel (born Sherri Russell)[1] (February 8, 1958 – June 15, 2007) was an American professional wrestler and valet, better known by her ring name, Sensational Sherri. ... is the 205th day of the year (206th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Randy Macho Man Savage, Ricky The Dragon Steamboat, Jake The Snake Roberts, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Brutus The Barber Beefcake def. ... Velvet Mykietowich is a professional wrestler. ... Rockin Robin is a professional wrestler. ... // Career Jumping Bomb Angels were a female Japanese professional wrestling tag team. ... Patricia Karisma-Schroeder (better known by her stage name as Leilani Kai) is a professional wrestler. ... Judy Martin (L) and Leilani Kai (R) as the Glamour Girls Judith Hardee is a former female professional wrestler known as Judy Martin. ... Toni Rose (L) and Donna Christenello (R) Donna Christanello was a professional wrestler trained by The Fabulous Moolah. ... The original Dawn Marie (in black leather and sunglasses) wrestles Reggie Bennett (in gold) in the LPWA. Dawn Marie Johnston was a professional wrestler, better known by her ring name, Dawn Marie. ...


Semi-Retirement

As women’s wrestling rose to new prominence in Japan during the 1980s and 90s, the division slowly faded into oblivion in the U.S. as the Fabulous Moolah disappeared into retirement. On June 24, 1995, she was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame, becoming the first female wrestler to enter the Hall of Fame. But when the industry hit another popularity boom in the late 1990s, Moolah and fellow lady legend Mae Young re-emerged on the September 9th episode of SmackDown! when Jeff Jarrett invited Moolah into the ring. He then proceeded to crack a guitar over Moolah's head. Moolah and Young began appearing regularly in comedic roles as the women’s division made a comeback with new stars like Chyna, Lita,Ivory and later Trish Stratus. On the September 27, 1999 edition of Monday Night Raw, Moolah and Young defeated Ivory in a "Handicapped Evening Gown Match". This led to a title match at the No Mercy 1999 on October 17, 1999, and the 76-year old Moolah defeated Ivory to regain the Women's Title, thus becoming the oldest WWE Women's Champion ever (though she lost the title back to Ivory 8 days later). Also in 1999, Moolah and Young appeared on the 10th annual Billboard Music Awards. Moolah made a brief heel turn in 2000. Since then, Moolah and Young have made several cameo appearances on WWE programming. The two ladies both currently reside in Columbia, South Carolina. is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... WWE Hall of Fame logo, 2004-present. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jeffrey Jeff Leonard Jarrett (born April 14, 1967) is an American professional wrestler. ... Joanie Laurer (born December 27, 1971 in Londonderry, New Hampshire, USA) is an American professional wrestler, most famously known as Chyna while in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE; then the World Wrestling Federation, WWF). ... Lita can mean: The official currency of Lithuania, see Litas. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Trish Stratus (born Patricia Anne Stratigias[1] (IPA: ) on December 18, 1975 in Richmond Hill, Ontario), is a former Canadian fitness model and a retired professional wrestler. ... is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... No Mercy is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... The Billboard Music Awards, held annually in December, is one of four major music awards shows presented each year (the others being the American Music Awards, the Grammys, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location in Richland County in the state of South Carolina Coordinates: , Country United States State South Carolina Counties Richland County, South Carolina Government  - Mayor Bob Coble, (D) Area  - City  133. ...


2001-2006

On the September 15, 2003 edition of RAW Moolah was scheduled to be in a match against Victoria. Moolah had been promised a match for her 80th birthday. After Moolah's victory the "Legend Killer" Randy Orton came out and gave Moolah an RKO. Moolah and Mae Young made another appearance at New Years Revolution 2006, during a Bra and Panties Gauntlet Match attacking Victoria and stripping her of her top. is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Lisa Marie Varon (born February 10, 1971), is an American professional wrestler better known as Victoria. ... Randal Randy Keith Orton[1] (born on April 1, 1980), nicknamed The Legend Killer, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its RAW brand. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... New Years Revolution is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... Many types of matches can be found in professional wrestling. ...


Moolah and Young, along with several other lady wrestlers, starred in the 2004 film "Lipstick and Dynamite" which is a documentary about the women wrestlers from the 1950s era. They appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote the film. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... James Douglas Muir Jay Leno (born April 28, 1950) is an Emmy-winning American comedian who is best known as the current host of NBC televisions long-running variety and talk program The Tonight Show. ...


2007-present

On March 31, 2007, The Fabulous Moolah, along with Mae Young, attented the WWE Hall of Fame 2007 Ceremonies on the eve of WrestleMania 23. At WrestleMania 23, she appeared along with Slick, Ricky Steamboat, Jimmy Hart, Irwin R. Schyster, Dusty Rhodes, Sgt. Slaughter, Gene Okerlund, Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco dancing backstage with Eugene, Cryme Tyme, Kelly Kelly, Layla El, and Brooke Adams. Moolah, along with Mae Young, made another appearance at the 2007 Draft Lottery on June 11, 2007. Moolah was booked to make a appearance on Friday Night Smackdown, August 24, 2007 but she couldn't make it due to her brother's death, so Mae Young had to do it without her. Moolah and Mae both made a appearance at WWE SummerSlam in a backstage segment with Vince McMahon and William Regal. March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (91st in leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... WrestleMania 23 was the twenty-third annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Kenneth Ken Johnson, better known to wrestling fans as Slick, is a former WWE manager of such legendary wrestlers as The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Butch Reed, Big Boss Man, Akeem, The Warlord, Paul Roma, Hercules, Zeus, Kamala & Rick Martel. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart (also known as The Colonel) (born January 1, 1943 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a professional wrestling manager, executive, composer and musician. ... Lawrence Michael Rotunda, better known as Mike Rotunda, or Mike Rotundo, is an American Professional Wrestler. ... Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Eugene Mean Gene Okerlund (born November 29, 1938 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota), is a former American professional wrestling interviewer and announcer. ... Pierre Clemont (born January 19, 1941 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian former professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Pat Patterson. ... Gerald Brisco Floyd Gerald Brisco (born January 24, 1950 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an American former professional wrestler. ... Nicholas David Dinsmore (born December 17, 1975), also known by his ring name Eugene, is an American professional wrestler who is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling on its SmackDown! brand. ... Cryme Tyme is a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Shad Gaspard and JTG (also known as The Neighborhoodie) that is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment and wrestling on the RAW brand. ... Barbara Jean Barbie Blank (born January 15, 1987[2]) better known by her ring name Kelly Kelly is an American model and professional wrestling valet, currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment working on its ECW brand. ... Layla El (born June 25, 1978) is an English professional wrestling diva of North African heritage[1], currently residing in the United States. ... Brooke Adams (born December 4, 1984) is an American professional model, dancer and wrestler, currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment working on the ECW brand. ... The logo for the 2007 WWE Draft The World Wrestling Entertainment Brand Extension was a device first used in 2002 by said professional wrestling organization as a means of providing separate brands of wrestling through its two top shows, RAW and SmackDown!, with the addition of ECW in 2006. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


In wrestling

  • Finishing and signature moves
  • Wrestler(s) managed by The Fabulous Moolah

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Championships and accomplishments

  • Other
  • JWPA Women's Champion [1]

The Fabulous Moolah was inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame (PWHF) in 2003. National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the largest governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... The NWA Womens Championship is the National Wrestling Alliances womens singles professional wrestling title. ... The NWA Womens Championship is the National Wrestling Alliances womens singles professional wrestling title. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Womens Championship is a professional wrestling championship. ... Debra in 1999 with the WWF Womens Championship belt. ... WWE Hall of Fame logo, 2004-present. ... WWE Hall of Fame logo, 2004-present. ...


Personal life

The youngest of thirteen children, has twelve older brothers. Her mother died of cancer when Moolah was young and she nearly had a nervous breakdown because she and her mother were very close.Her father took her to wrestling events to get Moolah interested in something. [2]


She has one biological child, a daughter named Mary. Moolah was 14 years old when she gave birth. The father was Moolah's first husband, Walter Carroll. Mary wrestled briefly in the late 60s and early 70s as Darling Pat Sherry. Moolah also has six grandchildren. [3]


An animated version of Moolah was also included on a CBS Saturday morning cartoon during this lucrative time, titled Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n Wrestling. A Fabulous Moolah action figure was released in 2006 by Jakks Pacific as part of their Classic Superstars series. CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... Saturday morning cartoon is the colloquial term for the animated television programming which was typically scheduled on Saturday mornings on the major American television networks from the 1960s to the 1990s. ... Huck Hogans Rock n Wrestling Video Hulk Hogans Rock N Wrestling was a Saturday morning cartoon that aired on CBS from 1985 to 1987. ... Jakks Pacific, Inc. ...


Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f FabulousMoolah.com. Profile. Retrieved on May 10, 2007.
  2. ^ Fabulous Moolah's book description
  3. ^ "My daughter's 14 years younger than I am," says Moolah. "She lives in Myrtle Beach and has five children, and I'm helping her adopt a little girl soon."

References

  • Lillian Ellison (2003). The Fabulous Moolah: First Goddess of the Squared Circle, 240. ISBN 978-0060012588. 
  • The Fabulous Moolah. Lipstick & Dynamite - The First Ladies of Wrestling [DVD]. World Wrestling Entertainment.
  • Chris Schramm (October 5, 1998). Moolah: Twenty-eight years was the reign.

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Wrestling Encyclopedia (1167 words)
In vintage WWF fashion, history was rewritten as Moolah was portrayed as having held the Women’s Title uninterrupted for the previous thirty years (which was practically true since all of Moolah’s past title losses totaled just a few weeks that she had not held the belt since 1956).
After much buildup and a tremendous amount of hype, the Fabulous Moolah finally ceded the championship in the most anticipated women’s matchup in history when she was defeated by Wendi Richter on July 23, 1984 in the main event at “the Brawl to End it All,” which was broadcast live on MTV.
But when Richter’s relationship quickly soured with the WWF, Moolah donned a mask as the Spider Lady, and regained the belt on November 25, 1985 in a controversial decision (Richter was never told she would be losing the title, and fell victim to a Moolah shoot and a conspiring referee in a real-life episode).
>>> Lethalwow.com << Fantasy Warefare: The Fabulous Moolah vs. Jazz (884 words)
On September 18 1956, Fabulous Moolah defeated Judy Grable in the finals of a tournament in Baltimore, Maryland, to determine the new holder of the Women's Championship.
Jazz should stick to her strengths, blinding Moolah with a level of pure power and scientific skill that Fabulous One would be at a loss to combat.
Moolah's only hope would lie in her legendary mean strak, although finding the opportunity to show it in the face of Jazz's take-no-prisoners style would be a problem.
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