WWE.com has confirmed that, after it was reported earlier this week that Mae Young had been taken off of life support, the legendary women’s wrestler who competed in eight different decades has passed away at the age of 90. Mae Young (Johnnie Mae Young) began her wrestling career in 1939 and, over the next eighty years, the wrestling pioneer would win the NWA Florida Women’s Championship, as well as the NWA United States Women’s Championship and the NWA Women’s World Tag Team Championship. Mae Young also trained her real life and on-screen friend, The Fabulous Moolah.
Mae has also been a part of some of the most entertaining and memorable moments in WWE history, including her on-screen relationship with Mark Henry that included Mae ‘giving birth’ to a hand, as well as winning the title of “Miss Royal Rumble” by winning a Bikini Contest (at the age of 76) at the 2000 Royal Rumble. The veteran would also get involved, physically, in the WWE. In addition to being powerbombed off of the stage by Bubba Ray Dudley, twice, and being attacked by 3 Minute Warning, Mae Young would compete sporadically in the WWE with her last match taking place on Old School RAW in 2010, where at the age of 87, she defeated LayCool in a Falls Count Anywhere Match. In 2008, Mae Young was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and her last appearance was a touching send-off for the legend as Mae was a special guest on the March 4, 2013 edition of RAW to celebrate her 90th birthday. After the show, Vince McMahon & Triple H presented a specially-made replica of the Divas Championship belt to Mae Young and proclaimed her to be “forever the Divas Champion”.
WWE.com also featured a statement from WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon on the passing of Mae Young, “There will never be another Mae Young. Her longevity in sports entertainment may never be matched and I will forever be grateful for all her contributions. On behalf of WWE, I extend our sincerest condolences to her family and friends”.
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