Ron Simmons discusses Mae Young, Atlanta wrestling fans, and more on In Your Head Wrestling radio by Vic Schiavone.
Host Jack E. Jones welcomed WWE Hall-of-Famer Ron Simmons to IYH Wrestling Radio.
Highlights included the following:
How do wrestling fans in Atlanta stand out from fans in other parts of the country?
“Well, I think that they’ve got a little bit of background and history, because you had Georgia Championship Wrestling, you had NWA, WCW…there are a lot of roots in professional wrestling here. It goes way back, and believe me, you are talking about excited fans; I mean hardcore, wrestling fans, who know their history of it, know the origins of it, know the guys and the different generations of the wrestlers. The South is really a wrestling haven for people that have grown up in the business and in particular Atlanta.”
The first son of Stu Hart and the oldest brother of Bret and Owen Hart, Smith Hart has published a new column at PWMania.com. Hart pays tribute to two wrestling greats, Mae Young and George Scott. Here is an excerpt from his entry:
“The confirmed conclusion to the illustrious life of long reigning wrestling queen, the one and only Johnnie Mae Young delivers her well-entitled spirit from decreed earthly evil unto everlasting peace. Tenacious longevity aside Mae Young the pioneer breakout rookie, the heartthrob, the knockout diva, the (sports) entertainer, the globe-trotting grappler, performer, the athlete, the star, celebrity, champion, thespian, villain and heroine leave her world-wide cult following little to mourn. I, however am disheartened not solely for my own somewhat selfish reasons but because Mae fully intended to share the celebration of her 100th birthday with the wrestling universe by performing before a typically huge Wrestlemania crowd.”
“To the family and friends of the late George Scott I extend heartfelt condolences and fond recollections of the transition of rising stardom to his record-breaking booking and match making acumen.
“I remember those long vanished care free days of my impressionable youth – years before I or any of my brothers would be allowed to attend late night live wrestling events – when the wrestlers would show up at our house every Saturday morning for their weekly wages or on other odd days when some would dare the risk of a subtle workout in the dungeon.”
You can read Smith Hart’s column, “The Hart Grapevine” in its entirety at this link
John Cena spoke with TMZ about the recent passing of WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young. He mentioned that she was a “sweetheart” who was always ready to be a part of the show.
Here is the video:
Courtesy of WWE.com:
WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of WWE Hall of Famer Johnnie Mae Young.
“There will never be another Mae Young,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “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.”
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