Source: Post & Courier
The following story was posted prior to a retraction by Mike Mooneyham which you can read here.
We have unfortunate news to pass along this morning, pro wrestling legend Mae Young has passed away, from the Post & Courier:
Legendary women’s pro wrestling star Mae Young died early Thursday morning at her Columbia home at the age of 90.
Known to millions of fans worldwide as the Amazing Mae Young, she was born Johnnie Mae Young on March 23, 1923, in Sand Springs, Okla., although some friends insist that her actual birthdate was several years earlier.
A highly touted athlete in high school, Young broke into the pro ranks at the tender age of 15, joining a fraternity of women whose grit and toughness would be profiled decades later in “Lipstick and Dynamite,” a 2005 documentary that shone a spotlight on the forgotten first ladies of wrestling who lived hard and fought even harder, blazing a trail on the wrestling circuit and paving the way for future generations.
Young, who broke into the business in 1939, was the first-ever NWA U.S. women’s champion and participated in the profession over a remarkable span of nine decades.
She earned a widespread reputation for being one of the toughest, street-savvy workers in the business – and that included men and women.
Young perhaps gained her greatest notoriety when she and longtime friend, perennial women’s world champion The Fabulous Moolah (Lillian Ellison), made an appearance on a WWE Smackdown show in 1999, 60 years after Young’s entree into the profession.