Female Wrestling Legend Dies After SmackDown

It has been noted that the world of professional wrestling mourns the loss of a true pioneer in women’s wrestling. Betty Wade-Murphy, better known by her ring name Joyce Grable, sadly passed away at the age of 70. Her remarkable contributions to the sport and her enduring legacy have left an indelible mark on the wrestling community.



Joyce Grable’s illustrious wrestling career spanned two decades, from 1971 until her retirement in 1991. Throughout her journey, she primarily graced NWA territories, where she achieved remarkable success.

Grable was a remarkable wrestler who achieved numerous titles during her career. Among her accomplishments, she earned the NWA World Women’s Tag Team Championship six times, teaming up with esteemed wrestlers such as Wendi Richter and Vicki Williams. Furthermore, she also held the NWA United States Women’s Championship and the NWA Texas Women’s Championship.

In recognition of her outstanding career and contributions, Joyce Grable received well-deserved inductions into the NWA Hall of Fame, the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, and the St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame.

While the wrestling world mourns the loss of a trailblazer and pioneer, it also celebrates the enduring legacy of Joyce Grable. Her impact on women’s wrestling and the sport as a whole will continue to inspire future generations of wrestlers and fans alike.

Barry Russell
Barry Russell
A dedicated pro wrestling follower for more than a decade

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