Noreen "Nora" Kristina Greenwald (born September 7, 1977) better known by her ring name Molly Holly, is an inactive American professional wrestler. Greenwald is best known for her appearances with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Greenwald is a two-time former WWE Women's Champion and one of the few women to hold a male title in WWE, holding the WWE Hardcore Championship on one occasion. Moreover, while working in WCW, she trained many of the female wrestlers at the WCW Power Plant. Aside from professional wrestling, Greenwald is heavily involved in church activities and spends her time doing missions work in Guatemala.
As soon as she graduated Forest Lake Area High School in 1996, Nora left home with $200 and a '65 Oldsmobile, which she drove from Minnesota to Florida. Before training as a wrestler, Greenwald was employed at a Subway restaurant and as a telemarketer for Special Data Processing. While working at Subway, it was suggested to Nora that she try out for wrestling, and out of curiosity, she did.
She appeared with both World Championship Wrestling as Starla Sexton and the World Wrestling Federation as Starla Saxton as a jobber, unsuccessfully challenging Jacqueline for the WWF Women's Championship on an October 1998 episode of WWF Sunday Night HEAT. In late 1999, she briefly feuded with Brandi Alexander while wrestling in the Florida independent circuit.
After splitting up with The Hurricane in April 2002, she returned to her previous ring name, Molly Holly. Upon her return to the newly renamed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), she drastically changed her look by shortening her trademark blonde hair and darkening it to autumn brown. Greenwald's reasoning behind this was that it fit her new character better. Greenwald adopted a self-righteous prude gimmick, similar to that of the Right to Censor faction, as she was kayfabe appalled by the other WWE Divas continually using their "assets" and degrading themselves. During this gimmick, she would often refer to herself as being "pure and wholesome." This led to a feud with the then-Women's Champion Trish Stratus, which culminated in her winning the championship at King of the Ring 2002 in June. During the feud, Jerry Lawler also began to poke fun at Greenwald, which Greenwald later revealed genuinely hurt her feelings. However, Greenwald initially did not mind the angle when Stephanie McMahon approached her with the idea. The feud with Stratus continued for several months, and Molly later brought in Victoria as an enforcer to help deal with Trish. She would finally drop the title back to Stratus at Unforgiven 2002 in September.
Greenwald earned her second WWE Women's Championship by defeating Gail Kim on RAW on July 28, 2003. Kim would later turn heel and join Greenwald in her feud with Stratus. During an attack on Stratus, Lita made her return, helping Trish fend off her attackers. Greenwald and Kim then lost a tag team match to Lita and Trish at Unforgiven 2003, sparking a feud with Lita. This led to a match against Lita at Survivor Series 2003 for the Women's title, which Greenwald retained.
Greenwald's final WWE pay-per-view appearance occurred at Taboo Tuesday 2004 as she appeared in the Fulfill Your Fantasy Battle Royal along with many other WWE Divas. The fans voted online for the Divas to wear schoolgirl uniforms, as opposed to French maid or nurse outfits. In contrast to the other girls who wore sexy schoolgirl uniforms, Greenwald decided to go retro with her wardrobe by wearing a demure 1980s-style schoolgirl uniform with large pink panties underneath. Greenwald failed to win the match when Stratus eliminated her by tossing her over the top rope for the win. Greenwald's efforts in subsequent attempts to regain the title failed. Due to several wrestlers from the company's women's division being released in late 2004 and the introduction of the RAW Diva Search program, Greenwald was mostly left off television, only occasionally appearing on Sunday Night Heat and RAW in losing efforts to the likes of Lita, Trish Stratus, and Christy Hemme.
She left WWE and a full-time wrestling career in April 2005. Reportedly, she was beginning to become disenchanted with WWE, who began to focus on looks rather than wrestling ability. She also hated that her character had turned heel, but that is not the direct cause of her leaving the company. However, Greenwald states that all of the aforementioned reasons are incorrect, but she would like to keep the real reason she left WWE private. She decided to take a break from WWE and spend some time with her family and enjoy life. Vince McMahon is leaving the doors open for her to return if she wants to in the future.
On January 8, 2006 in Amery, Wisconsin, Greenwald made her first in-ring appearance in nine months, appearing with Northern IMPACT Wrestling, a local Minnesota/Wisconsin wrestling promotion. In addition to refereeing a match between Rain and Ann-Thraxx (Ann Brookstone), Greenwald counted the pin for the main event match between Team Revolution and Team Invasion. She went on to referee an Impact Zone Wrestling match on February 14, 2006 in Tempe, Arizona and an XJAM Wrestling match on February 16, 2006 in Minot, North Dakota, where she challenged Ann-Thraxx to wrestle her, with Ann-Thraxx refusing. On April 8, 2006, Greenwald appeared at the German Stampede Wrestling event International Impact III in Olsberg, Germany, commentating on a match along with former Pro Wrestling Illustrated senior editor Bill Apter and refereeing a women's match. In subsequent months, she made (non-wrestling) appearances at several independent wrestling events.
On October 7, 2006, Greenwald returned to in-ring action for the first time since April 2005 by defeating Jonny Fairplay after a quick low blow and pinfall in a WCWA event. In November 2006, Greenwald filmed a scene for Bloodstained Memoirs, a wrestling documentary.
Nora returned to several events as guest referee or for autograph signings. She first refereed an intergender match between Kassy Summers and Seito Hayashi for BAW Championship Wrestling on July 13 in McMinnville, Oregon, then was guest referee in a match between Ann-Thraxx and TNA's Christy Hemme for Heavy on Wrestling in Superior, Wisconsin on July 21. She appeared with Billy Kidman at an autograph signing during Family Fun Day in her hometown of Linwood Township on September 8, one day after celebrating her 30th birthday. She made a brief appearance on the Raw 15th Anniversary Show on December 10, 2007 with Mickie James, William Regal and Hornswoggle in a backstage segment.
Greenwald's wrestling injuries include a light concussion, torn knee cartilage, a broken finger and strained muscles.
In August 2005, she released an autobiographical DVD entitled "Nora Greenwald: Shootin' the
Shi Crap" that detailed the reasons behind her departure. A portion of the profits from the sale of the DVD went to the education fund of the daughter of Mike Lockwood, after his death.
On December 16, 2006, Nora returned to Guatemala for several months to learn Spanish and do missions work. Afterwards, she stated that she had no plans to return to wrestling anytime soon, but said "never say never in this business."
After leaving the wrestling business, Greenwald has made sporadic wrestling appearances, acts as a landlady with regards to her property holdings, invests in real estate, and performs charity work. In addition, she took public speaking classes and earned a license in massage therapy. Greenwald now works for Minnesota Teen Challenge, a one-year residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. She joined the program because at least ten of her friends have died because of drug overdoses. Greenwald, a born again Christian, ministers to the women in the program.