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Mae Young: Dwayne Johnson & More Celebs Pay Respects To WWE Legend

Wed, January 15, 2014 9:59am EDT by Emily Longeretta 6 Comments
Mae Young Death Reactions
Courtesy of Twitter

It’s a sad day in the world of wrestling. On Jan. 14, women’s wrestling pioneer Mae Young passed away at the age of 90. Now celebrities who were touched by her through their lives are speaking out and remembering the legend.

From Dwyane Johnson (AKA “The Rock”) to Triple H, some of the biggest names in wrestling have taken to Twitter to share what they loved about Mae Young, who professionally wrestled from the 1940s until 2013.

Celebs Remember Mae Young

“She’s a wrestling pioneer. I truly had deep affection & respect for “Aunty Mae” Young. RIP. #IMissUMae,” Dwayne wrote on Twitter, sharing an adorable photo (above).

The other big stars of WWE paid their respects with tweets:

Official Statement

WWE released the following statement on Jan. 14:

“WWE is greatly saddened by the news that WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young, beloved member of the WWE family and oldest living squared circle personality, has passed at the age of 90.

Johnnie Mae Young was truly one of the greatest female competitors to ever lace up a pair of boots. A proud competitor for three quarters of a century and valued part of WWE to her last day, Young truly blazed a path for future female grapplers beginning in the 1940s.”

“From the moment she first stepped through the ropes, Young established herself as one of the most active and successful female Superstars — including becoming the first U.S. Women’s Champion, carrying out one of the most storied rivalries of the time with the legendary Mildred Burke in 1954 and being among the first female competitors to tour post-war Japan.

The entire WWE Universe offers a standing ovation to a true queen of the canvas and bids Mae Young a heartfelt farewell.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

— Emily Longeretta

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