With a heavy heart, we convey the sorrowful news of the passing of Peggy Lee, a wrestling icon known by various monikers such as Peggy Lee Leather, Lady X, and Thug. This remarkable individual, who once graced the grand stages of WWE and WCW, bid farewell to the world at the age of 64, leaving behind a legacy that will forever resonate in the hearts of wrestling enthusiasts.
Peggy Lee’s vibrant presence illuminated WWE television screens from 1980 to 1985. During her tenure with the company, she forged a formidable alliance with the talented Wendi Richter, embarking on a relentless pursuit of the coveted WWF (World Wrestling Federation) Women’s Tag Team Championships. Alas, their partnership met an untimely demise in 1985, resulting in Richter’s transformation into a beloved fan-favorite and eventual conquest of the WWF Women’s Championship.
In 1986, Peggy Lee transitioned to the AWA (American Wrestling Association) and assumed the persona of Peggy Lee Pringle, the fictitious sister of Percy Pringle. As her AWA tenure progressed, she adopted the captivating identity of Peggy Lee Leather and ignited a fierce rivalry with the indomitable Madusa, their clash centered around the prestigious AWA Women’s Championship.
The 1990s witnessed Peggy Lee’s involvement in WCW, where she left an indelible mark on the promotion’s women’s division. In 1997, she engaged in a memorable encounter with Madusa, as both tenacious competitors vied for the highly sought-after WCW Women’s Championship. Furthermore, Peggy Lee showcased her skills in the LPWA (Ladies Professional Wrestling Association) under the guise of Lady X and made appearances in Women’s Pro Wrestling.
Stepping into the new millennium, Peggy Lee assumed the persona of Thug in Women of Wrestling (WOW), captivating audiences with her unique brand of tenacity and charisma. Her dedication to the craft was on full display at the 2005 Wrestle Reunion, where she joined forces with esteemed wrestlers Sherri Martel, Krissy Vaine, and Amber O’Neal in a thrilling eight-woman tag team match. Regrettably, their valiant efforts were thwarted by the formidable alliance of Wendi Richter, Malia Hosaka, Bambi, and Jenny Taylor.
Though Peggy Lee retired from in-ring competition in 2013, her involvement with Women of Wrestling endured until recently, as confirmed by a heartfelt tribute posted by Jack Lord on his Facebook page. Trained under the guidance of the legendary Fabulous Moolah, Peggy Lee embarked on her wrestling journey in 1976, captivating audiences with her awe-inspiring skills and unwavering determination. Throughout her illustrious career, she proudly held esteemed titles such as the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Women’s Championship and the NWA Blue Ridge Women’s Championship. Moreover, Peggy Lee etched her name in history as a three-time IWA (International Wrestling Alliance) Women’s Champion, leaving an indomitable imprint on the wrestling landscape.
Today, as we bid farewell to Peggy Lee, we pay tribute to a trailblazing wrestling luminary, a beacon of strength and resilience who inspired countless aspiring wrestlers and touched the lives of fans worldwide. Her legacy shall forever shine bright, reminding us of the profound impact one individual can have on the world of sports entertainment. Peggy Lee’s spirit will continue to live on, immortalized in the annals of professional wrestling history.