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There may never be another female wrestler to walk through the WWE's doors with the talent that Molly Holly had.
That is a very strong statement, but for those of us who have watched the former Women's Champion compete during her heyday with the company in the early-to-mid-2000s, there is ample evidence to support it.
Molly was not a one-trick horse. Some Divas rely on their sex appeal. Others rely on beauty. Others rely on sports-entertainment spots, while some are just extremely talented in-ring workers.
While Molly was never overtly sexual in her presentation of herself, she was the perfect combination of every other facet. She was beautiful, she was a great worker and she could mix in the crowd-pleasing entertainment spots to make her matches that much better.
As a worker, Molly used a number of different styles to perfect her in-ring game. She was well-versed in technical wrestling, did not hesitate to break out a submission hold and could fly of the top rope when she saw fit (the Molly-Go-Round, anyone?). She was a complete worker, having learned a lot from Madusa in WCW and from other talented individuals she encountered throughout her career.
As a plucky babyface, she enjoyed a rivalry with Trish Stratus early in her career. As a villain two years later, she provided the perfect foil for the mega-popular Stratus as they did battle over the revived Women's Championship.
Molly also had tremendous matches with the likes of Victoria and Ivory, two other skilled in-ring workers, and managed to help carry Lita to a few very good title bouts after the high-flyer returned from a severe neck injury.
What was most admirable about Molly's in-ring talents was her ability to work with women of completely different styles and still put together a quality match. Stacy Keibler and Nidia were not highly-trained in-ring workers when Molly worked with them but still, they managed to have their best matches with her.
To answer the question posed, Molly Holly is the best female wrestler in WWE history. While Trish Stratus may be more decorated and Lita may have been more popular, Molly was the glue who held the division together. She was as responsible for a number of quality women's title matches as anyone else and for that, she deserves the respect and admiration of fans across the globe.
In a day where the most common method of finding Divas involves a swimsuit catalogue, one appreciates Molly's work that much more.
Speaking of trainers in FCW, here's a shout out to Sara Del Rey, one of those trainers and, perhaps, the only woman close to rivaling the greatness of Molly Holly between the ropes.