Fabulous Moolah


[Fabulous Moolah Match Results]

Title History

  • (California) women’s world tag team titles w/Toni Rose (May 1970);
  • (California) women’s world tag team titles w/Toni Rose defeating Donna Christantello and Kathy O’Day (June 5, 1970);
  • Women’s world title by winning a Battle Royal pinning Judy Grable in the Finals (September 18, 1956);
  • Women’s world title defeating Betty Boucher (1966);
  • Women’s world title defeating Yukiko Tomoe (April 2, 1968);
  • Women’s world title defeating Sue Green (1976);
  • Women’s world title defeating Evelyn Stevens (October 10, 1978);
  • WWF (World Wrestling Federation) women’s title (Recognized after WWF purchased rights to the title);
  • WWF (World Wrestling Federation) women’s title – as Spider Lady – defeating Wendi Richter (November 25, 1985);
  • WWF (World Wrestling Federation) women’s title defeating Velvet McIntyre (July 9, 1986 in Australia);

Career History

In The Beginning:

  • 1950s: Lillian Ellison began wrestling for Billy Wolfe in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Lillian Ellison left to become “Slave Girl Moolah” working for Jack Pfefer, a creative outlaw promoter.
  • Slave Girl Moolah served as a valet for The Elephany Boy and “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers.
  • Moolah began living with an outlaw promoter named Buddy Lee and together they opened their own school of wrestling.
  • September 18, 1956: Slave Girl Moolah won her first Ladies championship in Baltimore, Maryland in a Battle Royal.
  • After June Byers and Billy Wolfe “retired” the NWA Women’s belt, Moolah created her own and she took control (with her alleged husband, Buddy Lee) of booking most of the top women from the early 60’s on. Her particular world title, even tho “won” in a battle royal (not a tournament as reported elsewhere) was never recognized as “the NWA Women’s world title.” It was basically mostly her creation until WWF bought it in 1984. [Click Here to View WWF Women’s Title History]

The Fabulous Moolah:

  • Moolah stepped up to fill the void when legendary Ladies wrestler Mildred Burke’s career was coming to an end.
  • 1964: Moolah was recognized as the World Women’s champion, thus making her the Undisputed Women’s titleholder.
  • ~~~Moolah was recognized as Women’s Champion in several NWA territories, she was NOT NWA Women’s Champion.
  • September 17, 1966: Betty Boucher defeated The Fabulous Moolah for the title – only to regain it weeks later.
  • March 10, 1968: Yukiko Tomoe defeated Fabulous Moolah for the Ladies title in Osaka, Japan.
  • April 2, 1968: The Fabulous Moolah defeated Tomoe Hamamatsu to recapture the Ladies title.
  • ~~~Moolah had her World Ladies title for a reign that spanned eight long years!
  • ~~~Moolah traveled around the World, hitting all the territories and defending her Ladies title.
  • 1976 – Madison Square Garden: Sue Green ended The Fabulous Moolah‘s eight year reign as Ladies Champion.
  • ~~~It was only a few days later the Fabulous Moolah regained the World Ladies title back from Sue Green.
  • ~~~At this stage of her career, Fabulous Moolah legally owned the World Ladies championship belt.
  • October 8, 1978: Evelyn Stevens defeated The Fabulous Moolah for the World Ladies title in Dallas, Texas.
  • ~~~In typical Moolah fashion, she once again regained the Ladies title days later defeating Evelyn Stevens.
  • ~~~The Fabulous Moolah held onto the World Ladies title for another six years.

World Wrestling Federation:

  • 1983: During Moolah’s 5th year title reign, new WWF head Vince McMahon Jr. offered Moolah a very lucrative deal.
  • ~~~Vince McMahon bought the rights to the World Ladies title from Moolah in an attempt to take the WWF national.
  • ~~~Vince McMahon also signed The Fabulous Moolah to an exclusive World Wrestling Federation contract.
  • ~~~The Fabulous Moolah became much hated by the wrestling industry for “selling out” to Vince McMahon.
  • The Fabulous Moolah was credited as one of the pioneers of the WWF expansion and to the RockNWrestling era.
  • July 23, 1984: Wendy Richter defeated Fabulous Moolah for the WWF Women’s title at Madison Square Garden.
  • ~~~Cyndi Lauper came on board with the WWF as the manager of Wendy Richter against The Fabulous Moolah.
  • ~~~Wendy Richter and Cyndi Lauper attracted national headlines and defeated Moolah in countless rematches.
  • ~~~The Fabulous Moolah took a backseat and became the manager of Leilani Kai to challenge for the Women’s title.
  • February 18, 1985 – War to Settle the Score: Leilani Kai w/Moolah beat Wendy Ritcher for the WWF Women’s title.
  • March 31, 1985 – WrestleMania: Wendy Richter recaptured the WWF Women’s title from Leilani Kai.
  • The Fabulous Moolah began training a new wrestler named the Spider Lady to challenge for Richter’s championship.
  • November 25, 1985: The Spider Lady defeated Wendy Richter for the WWF Women’s title in a controversial WWF moment.
  • ~~~After the match, the masked Spider Lady unmasked to reveal that it was none other than Fabulous Moolah herself!!
  • ~~~Wendy Richter was “allegedly” booked to win the match, and Richter seemed stunned at the outcome of the match.
  • WrestleMania II: The Fabulous Moolah defeated Velvet McIntyre to retain the WWF Women’s title.
  • July 3, 1986: Velvet McIntyre defeated The Fabulous Moolah for the WWF Women’s title in Australia.
  • ~~~Fabulous Moolah regained the WWF Women’s title days later also in Australia defeating Velvet McIntyre.
  • WrestleMania III: Fabulous Moolah accompanied “King” Harley Race for his match against the Junk Yard Dog.

World Wrestling Federation – Babyface:

  • The Fabulous Moolah quietly changed her attitude and became a babyface feuding with the heel Sherri Martel.
  • July 24, 1987: “Sensational” Sherri Martel defeated The Fabulous Moolah for the WWF Women’s title in Houston.
  • November 26, 1987 – Survivor Series: Moolah/Angels/McIntyre/Robin beat Sherri/Glamour Girls/Dawn Marie/Christanello.
  • The Fabulous Moolah was slowly phased out of the World Wrestling Federation spotlight.