Wrestling legend from SC dies: 'There will never be another Mae Young'

Columbia - The StateJanuary 15, 2014 

Wrestling legend and Columbia resident Johnnie Mae Young died Tuesday at the age of 90.

Young began wrestling in 1939 and continued her in-ring career for eight decades.

WWE confirmed her passing, with Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon releasing a statement.

“There will never be another Mae Young,” McMahon said. “Her longevity in sports entertainment may never be matched, and I will forever be grateful for all of her contributions to the industry. On behalf of WWE, I extend our sincerest condolences to her family and friends.”

Young was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008. Her wrestling partner and best friend The Fabulous Moolah (Mary Lillian Ellison) often appeared at WWE events together before Ellison died in 2007.

The WWE celebrated Young's 90th birthday during an episode of Monday Night Raw back in March.

Young and Ellison have mausoleums at Greenlawn Memorial Park, each with a color photograph from their wrestling days.

 

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