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  • Americans Hate Tingle: Ambivalent is a better word than hate for the attitude towards Moolah in Japan. Most of the promoters didn't care even when she showed up with the NWA World Women's title belt, as she left less of an impression on the fans that saw her than Jean Antone and Sandy Parker, two wrestlers who were and still are unknown compared to Moolah anywhere but Japan and aren't even the best known gaijin.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: Just how good of a trainer she was is disputed. Stu Hart, Jim Cornette and Leilani Kai spoke highly of her (at least as a trainer in Kai's case), but Vivian and Luna Vachon didn't. Neither did Sweet Georgia Brown or Wendi Richter. The fact that very little of her style is seen in her trainees, the Glamour Girls and Velvet McIntyre in particular, suggests most of what they learned wasn't from her.note  Though as it turns out, one's teacher does not always determine one's style or it could be a case of Hidden Depths on Moolah's part.
  • Broken Base: The fans are split over Moolah's status with WWE. They have yet to acknowledge the accusations against her and have continued to honor her throughout the years. Fans can't decide whether her wrestling achievements should be separated from her real life behaviour. On the other hand, despite telling fans that The Fabulous Moolah was the greatest champion in the history of pro wrestling she was treated like a joke for most of her time in company.
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  • Critic-Proof: Her match against Wendi Richter at The Brawl to End It All which involved Cyndi Lauper and pulled the highest ratings yet for MTV? It was voted Worst Worked Match of the year by The Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
  • Dork Age: Fans like to forget the brief time she won the Women's Championship back in 1999. Not only did it make Ivory look very weak, but it was uncomfortable watching a woman in her seventies take bumps. WWE wisely instead used Moolah and Mae Young for comedy skits afterwards.
  • Fight Scene Failure: One time, Randy Orton applied the RKO on her, but Orton showed visible restraint when giving her the RKO - making it look more like a DDT - clearly hesitant to do the move on a 70-year-old.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Her character of a Dirty Old Woman in the 90s and 2000s and the various skits have now become quite uncomfortable - especially the 2006 PPV where she and Mae Young forcibly stripped Victoria - with the accusations that she pimped out her trainees to other promoters.
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  • Narm: The most embarrassing thing about The Brawl to End It All: Moolah is sixty-one years old. Let that settle in. A sextenarian is the WWF Women's Champion and makes her challenger (Wendi Richter) look like an idiot.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: In Moolah's heyday, fans caring less about technical prowess and athleticism worked in her favor: Moolah beat people who seemingly outclassed her, which pissed off the audience yet attracted more viewers. As the years pass, more fans care about the match being "good" than if the wrestler they don't like will eventually lose. Post-territorial fans generally don't take pro wrestling as seriously as the riotous crowds of old, so some elements of Moolah's "psychology" will fall flat with them.


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