In Memory of Mae Young, a Story

18 Submitted by on Tue, 14 January 2014, 23:46



WrestleCrap is saddened to learn of the death of Mae Young, who passed away this morning at the age of 90.  We had the honor of inducting her for several ‘comedy’ skits over the year, but even I (RD) have to give her props for not only being incredibly tough, but…well, yes, I will admit it…she made me laugh as well.  Obviously, I will be keeping her friends and family in my prayers and urge you to do the same.  

But Mae was more than the horny senior citizen she portrayed in the Attitude Era.  Countless wrestlers, from Crash Holly to Bubba Ray Dudley to many others, have put her over as one of the toughest performers (not relegated to just ‘toughest female’) they’ve ever worked with.

The following story is reprinted from Bob Holly’s autobiography, “The Hardcore Truth”, published this year, and should be how the modern era of fan remembers Mae best.

Mae Young and The Fabulous Moolah are two of the sweetest ladies you’d ever meet. All the boys respected the hell out of them and everybody rolled out the red carpet whenever they were on the show. By 2000, they’d already got over 100 years of in-ring experience between them, so that tells you how old they were. But they would still get in the ring now and then when they were given the chance. On one show, Crash and I were booked to do a tag team match against them, so we sat down in catering together to go over the match. Out of respect for them, I took myself out of the equation and told them we would do whatever they wanted to do. Mae planned a spot where she would be in the ring with Crash and I’d sneak in behind her. She would turn around and I’d clothesline her. I said to her, “Mae, I’ve got all the respect in the world for you but if you’re asking me to clothesline you, you need to know that I lay it in there.” She said, “Sure I know that, I want you to clothesline me.” I said, “No, you don’t understand – when I clothesline somebody, I try to rip their head off. It’s TV, I don’t want it to look bad but I don’t want to hurt you.” This nearly 80-year-old woman just looked at me and said, “Bring it, motherfucker.”

In Gorilla, just before the match, I gave her a hug and thanked her in advance for the match, then asked if she was sure about the clothesline. She said, “If you don’t bring it, when we get back, I’m going to kick your ass.” Hell, I didn’t want to get beaten up by an 80-year-old woman, so I was going to do what she said and lay that clothesline in there nice and snug. We started the match and I locked up with Moolah, grabbed her in a headlock, and took her over. I landed right on top of her. I was 235 pounds at this point. She was 77 years old and she was taking everything I could throw at her. Unbelievable.

The time came for the spot with Mae. She had her back to me as I was getting ready. When she turned around, I charged – she didn’t have time to prepare for it and I threw that clothesline from left field like I was hitting Bradshaw. I ripped her head off so hard that the poor lady cut a flip. I felt so bad! I asked her if she was alright and she said, “Yep, I’m fine,” and carried on. When we got to the back after the match, I went over to thank her and asked, “Mae, are you okay?” She patted me on the chest and said, “That’s how you lay a clothesline in, right there,” and kept on walking. Why the hell can’t some of the boys be like that?! That match was great fun and good entertainment.

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18 Responses to "In Memory of Mae Young, a Story"
  1. John says:

    It’s amazing how she could entertain people in her later years more than most of the cookie cutter, empty-headed Barbie dolls that get thrown on tv weekly. We’ll miss you Mae.

  2. simongr81 says:

    RIP Mae Young!

  3. Tom says:

    Apparently she’s not dead just yet. Incorrect reporting. She’s ill and taken off life support, but still alive for the moment.

  4. rich says:

    story was retracted. not dead, but seriously ill

  5. Dan Sheldon says:

    My favorite memory of her was when Bubba threw her through a table off the stage.

    • Walt says:

      When I saw that moment, I couldn’t believe that 1) She agreed to it and 2) She survived it, she’s like a Terminator

  6. Greg says:

    Love me some Mae. She isn’t gone just yet, but it seems that it will be very soon.

    On a side note, though, why does everything Holly says make him seem like an incredible douche? I mean, I know he is, and is one of the most disliked guys in out there, but I think if he just kept his yap shut…it’s the whole “let the world think you a fool” situation.

  7. Jay says:

    Finally hitting the news that she passed away last night. Man was she fun to watch! Can’t believe this lady was in their in her 70s and 80s getting launched around by the likes of Holly, the Dudleys, and Mark Henry. She was a tough bird. God Bless you Mae and give you rest and peace.

  8. ScroogeM McSuck says:

    Mae wouldn’t sell death until it delivered that clothesline as hard as it could.

  9. Brian J says:

    And she was a looker in her day, too!

  10. big wiggle says:

    i remember the bikini contest with luna, jacqueline,torrie etc and mae is trying to remove her robe and every one was loosing their shit for her not too. It always craced me up with all these gorgeous young women that mae had found her way into the mix. when she finally did and started strutting around i can recall myself completely loosing it and dying of laughter.
    Mae you will be truly missed and its sad too see you leave us, but the memories you have given me and my family over the years will never fade. I hope your in heaven right now sharing a good laugh with the fabulous moolah about what a great ride you women had. you truly were a wrestling godess
    Rest In Peace

  11. "B-Rock" says:

    There aren’t that many people out there who respect female wrestlers. Mae was one of the best. She was purely bred to entertain & left a legacy for others who dare to follow in her footsteps. RIP Mae Young, you will be greatly missed. #ForevertheDivasChampion

  12. Anonymous says:

    Waiting for her to show up in the comments section and have her Tom Sawyer moment.

  13. Mister Forth says:

    2 woman that would wear the phrase Tough Old Broads as a badge of honor. Now, they are reunited. a very cool story about them.

  14. 80's Guy says:

    You know, I get the story was about her being tough and all, and wanting to give her best. I get that. But Holly, even with her saying what she did, should have had the decency to still hold back.

    I don’t care what somebody tells me, I’m going to do what I feel is right and respectful, and just because she said to do it doesn’t mean he should’ve. Jackass.

    • Justin Henry says:

      Oooh, internet tough guy! Look out, everyone! Promotes a moral agenda, and then calls the guy a jackass, even when he comes clean about his explanation!

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