Wrestling Hall of Famer Mae Young died earlier this week, at age 90. She wrestled in 7 decades, as recently as 2010, a record unlikely to be broken with current wrestling lifespans. After becoming the first women’s champion in the 50s, and pioneering women’s wrestling along with the Fabulous Moolah, Young made a comeback to the ring with the Moolah in 1999, and was famously powerbombed by through a table by Bubba Ray Dudley at the age of 80. She also showed her puppies, had an affair with Mark Henry and gave birth to a rubber hand in one of the signature moments of the “Attitude Era.”
She was one of the toughest wrestlers of all time. I don’t follow wrestling much these days but I’ll miss Mae Young.
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