Tributes for the great Mae Young started pouring in on Twitter as soon as WWE.COM made the official announcement that the Hall of Famer had passed away.
“There will never be another Mae Young,” said WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon in a message on WWE.COM. “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.”
Vince also posted a photo of him hugging Young during her last birthday with a message on Twitter saying, “Thanks for the memories Mae. We loved you.”
McMahon’s daughter Stephanie, who Young always said she want to wrestle when she hits 100 also wrote a message of condolences. “A true pioneer and legend has passed tonight. Long live the memory of my friend and @WWE Hall of Famer.”
Triple H, who along with Vince McMahon presented Young a replica Divas title for her birthday last year wrote, “Thank you for your example to my girls on how to get all you want out of life!”
The Rock, who shared a kiss on the lips with Young during an episode of RAW also called her a pioneer. “She’s a wrestling pioneer. I truly had deep affection & respect for “Aunty Mae” Young. RIP.” Rock attached a photo of him hugging Mae with his message.
Mark Henry is probably best known for his angle with Young, where the two had a “baby hand” in one of the most outrageous and funny angles during the Attitude Era. “Johnnie Mae as I knew her was part of my wrestling family. She will be missed as much a anyone I’ve ever known! Lots of people are calling Mae a diva. She was a WRESTLER an a damn good one. Wow I’m still in shock, what a kick in the stones,” he wrote.
Fellow Hall of Famer Jim Ross called her an inspiration to all in his tweet. “The legendary Johnnie Mae Young has passed. The Oklahoman lead an amazing life. Her mental/physical toughness is an inspiration to all. RIP”
Several other current and former WWE Superstars and Divas also praised Young in their tweets, showing the love and respect they had to their friend.