There was a truly magical moment when the cameras stopped rolling. It was a pleasure to be a part of and something I will always remember. Goldberg poses and mugs for the crowd and grabs his waist indicating that he will soon have a belt around it. Then all of a sudden Vince's music hits and Goldberg leaves the ring.
Vince says it's Moolah's 80th birthday party and calls her out. Moolah comes out with Mae Young and as soon as she get's in the ring the locker room pours out with the female divas carrying a birthday cake for Moolah. Vince says some words about Moolah and how much she means to him and he asks Steve Austin to sing happy birthday for Moolah. By this point Moolah is in tears and you can tell something magical is in the air.
Steve Austin leads the audience in happy birthday and Moolah is clearly very touched by this. Somehow the mic ends up in Garrison Cade's hands and he says he has a birthday present for Moolah and plants a kiss on her so tight you'd think he was stuck to her face. Mark Jindrak does the same and Moolah and Mae Young end up throwing the cake in Cade's face. It was a truly wonderful thing to be apart of and a very special moment for hometown favorite Moolah.
This makes me very happy for some reason. It's a giggle.
I like to see the older wrestlers getting this kind of respect and admiration. I know a lot of people didn't want to see Vickie job to Moolah (and I personally would have rather seen Gail or Miss Jackie or someone of a lower caliber do it)...but I'm not complaining. We bitch a lot when Vince & Co. don't do special commerative things for the employees, and I will not fault them at all for letting Moolah go over in her hometown.
I saw a couple of these. At the Chicago Ampitheatre back about '73 or maybe 72, I saw Nick and the Crippler take on Lanza and Bobby Duncum for the belts. I believe Lanza and Duncum were the title holders.