5 Things to Know About WWE Hall of Fame Wrestler Johnnie Mae Young

Mae Young wrestled for her high school boys' wrestling team

   

5 Things to Know About WWE Hall of Fame Wrestler Johnnie Mae Young

Female pro wrestler Johnnie Mae Young died on Tuesday at age 90 following an illustrious eight-decade career.

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The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Famer was a wrestling icon who helped women break into the sport. Here are five things you should know about ‘The Great Mae Young.’

  • She started wrestling at age 15 – Mae Young joined her high school boys’ wrestling team at age 15 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and never looked back. She began her professional wrestling career in 1939,
  • The ‘Bronco Buster’ – Her signature move was the ‘Bronco Buster’ which consisted of jumping up and down a seated opponent’s chest in a borderline sexual way.
  • A true pioneer – Mae Young and other women were able to break into the sport as professional male wrestlers were off fighting in World War II. She toured post-war Japan in 1954 with other female wrestlers.
  • A great coach – After her wrestling career was over, Mae Young became a coach for longtime friend Lillian Ellison. Also known as ‘The Fabulous Moolah,’ Ellison became one of the greatest female wrestlers of all time. She died in 2007.
  • WWE Hall of Fame – Ellison became the first female member of the WWE Hall of Fame. She was soon followed by Mae Young who was inducted in 2008.

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