While watching the "Lipstick and Dynamite" documentary on the history of women in professional wrestling, there was one thing that struck me the most. Up until I watched that, the only things I had seen of Mae Young and Moolah were of them being old ladies driven through tables by the Dudley Boyz on Raw, or being caught making out with Bobby Heenan and Gorilla Monsoon backstage at Wrestlemania 20, or of them just being in disturbing segments (Mae Young with Mark Henry = disturbing). Then there were the cracks of The King about their age (my favorite was his remark that when David killed Goliath, Mae Young called the police), and that pretty much summed up the gist of everything I knew about Mae Young and Moolah.
What struck me was how little I knew about these two women and their contributions to wrestling, and how my view was tremendously skewed just by watching what the WWE has me watch every week. The fault is partly WWE's, but I think it lies more on Mae Young and Moolah than anyone else. I understand and find it admirable that they love the wrestling business so much that they want to remain a part of it for as long as they can, but at what expense are they doing this? For young fans who know nothing about their history, the only history they have to hang onto are the ridiculous segments that these two ladies agree on these days. Yes, sparingly is good, since they're not used all the time, but why bother at all? Mae Young and Moolah are old and have zero business being in a ring at their age, especially to just get mocked.
It's not just them either - it's something that we see so much of these days. Just tonight on Raw, Roddy Piper and Dusty Rhodes made appearances and were beaten down at the hands of Umaga. Roddy Piper himself recently had a match or two teaming up with Ric Flair, and Hulk Hogan makes an occasional wrestling appearance for "one last match." And Hulk was never that great as a wrestler (I agree on Lou Thesz's assessment of him), so to see him even trying to keep up with someone younger and quicker, it's just personally something I'd rather live without. The situation is even worse with Hogan because he always comes back and wins! Yes, we're not supposed to care about wins and losses, but do you guys think it's better that these old-timers keep popping up on occasion and getting into the ring, or should they just step away permanently, for the sake of preserving the memories of them as greats?