And Another Underrated Great Slips Quietly Away…

Posted: May 20, 2008 in Entertainment, Life, News

   The unfortunate news for old school wrestling fans this week was that Penny Banner passed away at the age of 73 at her daughter’s home in North Carolina after a long battle with cancer. Penny Banner was one of the most decorated women in the history of professional wrestling, considered one of the all-time greats along side the late Fabulous Moolah. Some of her achievements included being the first recipient of the CAC’s Art Abrams Lifetime Achievement Award, she was inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in New York, the St. Louis and Stampede Wrestling Halls of Fame, and she will be the first woman inducted to the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Waterloo in 2008. Penny Banner was an AWA and NWA World Champion, and some said she was women wrestling’s Ric Flair to Moolah being its Hulk Hogan.

   After wrestling she competed in the Senior Olympic Games in Swimming, the Shot Put and Discus throws. Penny Banner lived a long and full life, left many great memories to fans and truly left us with an amazing legacy in the sport she loved. My thoughts and prayer are with her family, friends and fans.

  1. Bill Myers says:

    While I confess to a lack of interest in pro wrestling (and a complete indifference to the resultant jeers from pro wrestling fans), Penny Banner sounds like a fascinating individual. I’d never heard of her before, but am now moved to find out more about her. Have any books been written that you’d recommend?

  2. jjchandler says:

    All you can really do is web research. She never wrote an autobiography and I’ve never seen a biography on her. She did get a little bit of coverage in Lipstick & Dynamite, but, as entertaining as that documentary was, it wasn’t much and it really didn’t do anything for the workers themselves or the industry as a whole.

  3. Bill Mulligan says:

    According to wikipedia “Banner’s autobiography, Banner Days was completed 2005.” But it sounds like it was written kayfabe so I don;t know how interesting it would be.

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