Molly Holly has revealed how WWE informed her she would have around 15 minutes to give her Hall Of Fame speech, only to then change it to two minutes just a couple of days before the taping.
Holly was one of the names inducted into the Class of 2021 WWE Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Kane, Rob Van Dam and Eric Bischoff in receiving their respective inductions in April.
The former Women's champion had been told that she would get quarter-of-a-hour to give her speech, which she wrote and rehearsed for ages, only to then be told that she only had two minutes to give her thanks at the podium.
Speaking to Busted Open Radio, she said:
"When I first — it was really awesome that Hurricane Helms was the one who tells 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 is that I was told I’d have about 15 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 9-5 job and after work every day, I would practice it while I was going for a walk and I worked really hard on it and then a couple days before, they said, ‘Oh never mind, you actually have two minutes to give your speech’ and I cried for like four hours.
"I was like I think all this — and the girls and I’m sure it happened to the guys too but a lot of times when I used to wrestle full-time, they would tell us, ‘Okay, you can have 12 minutes to wrestle’ and then right before we walk out they’d be like, ‘Nope, nope. You have four minutes’ and we’d be like, ‘Aw! 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 the match, and it would be like such a heartbreak. So I think I took a lot of that resentment or hurt from 20 years ago and piled it onto that moment when they cut my speech down and I just was like, 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. They have like 75 million people that have looked on that. So I was like 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."
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