Dolph and Vickie shows The Rock his “birthday present”
30 Icons of the Attitude Era (in no particular order)
13/30 → Mae Young
"When I'm 100 years old, I hope that all you people will be watching
me out there, because i'm still gonna be entertaining."
This post is mostly meant for the people of tumblr who have no interest or knowledge in the pro wrestling world, as people within that community do not need any introduction to this post.
And this is Johnnie Mae Young. To every wrestling fan older than 16, she is recognized as one of the greatest wresters and wrestling personalities of all time. You talk about your feminists, women breaking down barriers, and people making a difference; Mae Young has done it all. She is the only individual to have wrestled in 9 different decades, while the average wrestling career may last for barely 20 years. This record is unlikely to be broken. She was the oldest living WWE Hall of Fame member at 90 years old; another record unlikely to be broken. But enough about her accomplishments, and more about her past.
At 15 she lobbied to become part of the all boys amateur wrestling team at her high school. She went on years later to pursue professional wrestling, a sport in which women had absolutely had no part of. She took advantage of men being overseas fighting in WWII to expand her and her fellow women’s position in the sport. Skip ahead 60-odd years or so, and she is representing the golden-age of wrestling with her long time friend, Mary Lillian ‘The Fabulous Moolah’ Ellison (1923-2007).
A true pioneer, she serves as a prime example to how aspects in life that seem to be set in stone can be changed in favour of gender equality and these changes can be long lasting.
She was taken off life-support today, so please keep her in your thoughts.
Mae Young and The Fabulous Moolah
Always the classy one, Mae never gave a fuck about anybody’s opinion of her. Which really, who could dislike her?! She’s awesome!
it’s sad, because i think a lot of tumblr would find mae young pretty inspiring. she got shit done in a man’s world.
but they won’t give her name a second look because she was in the wrestling business.
"Ohh Baby" - Mae Young/The Fabulous Moolah
"I expect to wrestle until I’m one hundred. Stephanie and I are going to wrestle each other."
Oh Mae :(
Some sad news coming out for WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young. The 90-year-old living legend has reportedly been hospitalized the past week and was recently moved into Hospice care.
Mae is the current oldest living wrestler in the world, and claimed that title this past September with the passing of Angelo Savoldi. Mae has been a pioneer for women’s wrestling since her debut in 1939. Many of us fans have heard the story of Mae wrestling a match in Memphis when he Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. And while the men went off to war, Mae expanded the role of women in wrestling. Mae had a second career of sorts by raising hell with her partner in crime and best friend The Fabulous Moolah back during the Attitude Ear. Mae is also the record holder for the oldest person to compete in a match, when she defeated Lay-Cool at a “Old School” edition of RAW in 2010 when she was 87 years young.
I would like to wish Mae a hopeful speedy recovery, wrestling would never be the same without her!