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