In the latest interview from wrestling insider Nigel Sherrod, pro wrestling legend Beverly Shade spoke out against the allegations of prostitution, drugging, & stealing that have been directed against her former colleague, the late Fabulous Moolah (Lillian Ellison). With Beverly Shade’s testimony, she is now the 12th former women’s wrestler to denounce the allegations against Moolah, including Leilani Kai, Joyce Grable, Susan “Tex” Green & others, who were trained by and worked directly for Moolah. WWE Superstar Del “The Patriot” Wilkes, who was also trained by The Fabulous Moolah, has also recently spoken out against these allegation.
Nigel Sherrod’s full interview with Beverly Shade can be heard here:
Beverly Shade on:
Accusations that Moolah drugged female wrestlers: “I don’t no more agree with that then donkeys can fly… because Moolah didn’t even like for you to smoke a cigarette around her… So I just can’t picture her doing it… I just don’t believe that.
Moolah cheating women wrestlers out of money: “She got a percentage of what they (promoters) paid. I don’t know what the percentage was. I know what she paid me.. But if you stop and think about, it’s no different than being an actor, and they’ve got an agent… At the end of the day, I’m the one that took the bookings. She’s the one that offered and I’m the one that went. So if I got screwed, then poor, pitiful me, shame on me… They were talking about Moolah not paying them right, they should’ve worked in the 50s or 60s, they should’ve worked for Nick Gulas… Christine Jarrett was working in the office. And she handed me my envelope, and I opened it up, and I looked, and I called Johnson, Tennessee and I said, “Oh, [Expletive]! We drove all the way to Johnson City & back for $15 and we paid $6 in trans… So if someone wants to complain about money, go work for Nick Gulas.”
Ever hearing about Moolah pimping women out: “No, never did… When you’d get bookings you’d say, “Well, I got pimped out on that one.” If you didn’t think what you thought youwas going to make… But never, like you’re talking about. Like pimping the girls out to guys and stuff like that… I knew Moolah well enough to know that she just wasn’t that type of person. Now they may have used the word pimping as far as what they got, moneywise... and somebody took it, some screwball, that’s brains are sitting in the bottom of their feet somewhere, took it as pimping them out to men or something… If you knew Moolah, you’d know that’s just not true.
The cyber bullying on social media that lead to pressure on Snickers & WWE to remove Moolah’s name from the Women’s Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34: “I don’t know who started this… I can’t believe that anybody is that jealous, or that stupid. I don’t know what they thought they were accomplishing. To take somebody that can’t speak for theirself, and them through the mud like they’re doing her. She’s not here to defend herself, which is not right. I just don’t understand what they think they’re accomplishing.
Claims that Moolah was not inclusive, was a racist and a bigot: “I don’t think she was a bit racist… I have never heard Moolah say anything prejudice against anybody.
What is Moolah’s legacy in pro wrestling: “I think that she was women’s wrestling. She’s the one that really got all the girls going… Leilani Kai, and Judy Martin. All the different tag teams that she had. Velvet and all them. Look at the exposure those girls got, because of her. They got a lot more exposure than us independent girls did… and I think she did a great job for women’s wrestling.
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