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Johnnie Mae Young, the grand lady of professional wrestling, spent more
than eight decades working in the industry in what amounted to two
distinct careers. A pioneer in the sport, she was there when ladies'
professional wrestling rose to prominence in the 1940s. She often
wrestled alongside perennial champion Mildred Burke in the 1940s and
1950s, playing the heel who almost always lost. Young reveled in playing the “bad girl”
and said that she preferred to fight for real in the ring.
Along with Mildred Burke, Young helped establish women's professional
wrestling in Canada, where she worked for Stu Hart. She wrestled for
the National Wrestling Alliance throughout the 1950s and 1960s and
became the first United States women's champion in 1968. She continued
to wrestle and to train wrestlers until 1991, when she left the
business to become a Christian evangelist.
Although she was considered a pioneer in the profession, her career had
become rather unheralded by the time she "retired." This would all
change in 1999, when the WWF (later the WWE) came calling. Looking for
someone to partner up with the Fabulous Moolah, the WWF turned to
Young, Moolah’s former trainer and then-current housemate. The two
76-year-old ladies were used for comedic segments on TV broadcasts and
pay-per-views. Young quickly gained a reputation for being willing,
even at her advanced age, to do anything that was asked of her.
Anything. From taking bumps in the ring to being slammed through a
table, power bombed off the stage, or paired up “romantically” with the
decades-younger Mark Henry, there was seemingly nothing that Young
would do in the ring. The highlight, or lowlight, of this period was a
pregnancy storyline (at age 76) that ended with her giving birth to a
After Moolah died in 2007, Young continued to make occasional
appearances for the WWE. Her final appearance was in 2013, when the
wrestlers on RAW celebrated her 90th birthday. She was scheduled to
appear on the January 3, 2014, edition of RAW but fell ill in the
preceding days. On January 9, it was reported that her organs were
failing and that she had been removed from life support, and erroneous
reports of her death emerged. Young would have none of that. Tough
until the very end, she exited Earth five days later, on her own terms.
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