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The Great Mae Young Gone

from The New York Times

Mae Young, Unladylike Wrestler Who Loved to Be Hated, Dies at 90


Mae Young — make that the Great Mae Young — who pulled hair and took cheap shots, who preferred actually fighting to pretending, who was, by her own account and that of many other female wrestlers, the greatest and dirtiest of them all, died on Tuesday in Columbia, S.C. She was 90, and her last round in the ring was in 2010.

“She just was a rough, tough broad,” Ella Waldek, another early wrestler, who died last year, once put it.

Stories of her fierceness followed Ms. Young into her first professional match, in 1939. She had learned to wrestle with boys on her high school team in Oklahoma, and played football with them, too.

In professional wrestling, there are baby faces and heels, and she never doubted which one she would be.

“Anybody can be a baby face, what we call a clean wrestler,” she said in“Lipstick & Dynamite: The First Ladies of Wrestling,” a 2004 documentary. “They don’t have to do nothing. It’s the heel that carries the whole show. I’ve always been a heel, and I wouldn’t be anything else but.”

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Posted on January 21, 2014 by Editor

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