RIP Bonnie Watson, 1996 CAC Honoree
Bonnie Watson, a 1996 CAC Honoree, passed away today. Keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. She will be missed.
UPDATE: Funeral arrangements are as follows: Sylbin/Abbey Funeral Home, 2863 Sunset Point, Clearwater, FL. Burial is on Sunday at 2:00 pm and Graveside service is Monday at 10:00 am.
Tribute courtesy of Greg Oliver:
Like almost every woman wrestler from the 1950s, Bonnie Watson’s road took her through Columbus, Ohio, and then to places far and wide, until it was time to settle down and raise a family.
Born on June 16, 1932 in West Union, West Virginia, she was athletic in school, but much of the promotional material on her during her career also mentions that she was a drum majorette at Doddridge High School and knew how to play the trumpet.
She was working for Ohio Bell when her world opened up and she fell into the clutches Billy Wolfe and his stable of woman wrestlers. Watson debuted in 1951, and hit the road. She listed Mexico, Cuba, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas as countries she wrestled in when the Cauliflower Alley Club honoured her in a 1996 banquet in Tampa, Florida.
Read the rest of his tribute here!