Ann Casey

Ann Casey
Birth nameLucille Ann Casey
BornSeptember 29, 1938
Saraland, Alabama
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Ann Casey
Panther Girl
Billed height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Trained by The Fabulous Moolah


Lucille Ann Casey (given birth to Sept 29, 1938) is a retired American professional wrestler, better known by her band name Ann Casey, or ‘Panther Woman’.

Personal life

Casey was created in Saraland, Alabama, among nine kids to John and Viola Casey. John was of Irish ancestry; Viola was a Creek Indian. Following the family shifted to a Mississippi natural cotton farm, Casey went to an Agricola Indian college. Once she graduated, she wedded and got a boy, but quickly divorced.

Professional wrestling career

In 1962, while operating in the ticket counter for a specialist wrestling promotion, she met The Fabulous Moolah, who wanted to train Casey to wrestle. Casey quickly decided to consider Moolah through to her present and shifted to SC to teach. Her 1st match was a label group match that pitted her and Judy Grable against Rita Cortez and Brenda Scott that fall. Casey also wrestled Miss Brenda inside a two out of three falls match for the starting of a Dec 1962 cards also offering Fred Blassie. While operating under Moolah, Casey journeyed all over the USA; she was also among the 1st ladies to ever compete inside a label group match in the condition of Hawaii. While in Hawaii, Casey fell deeply in love with a local champ surfer and got a short hiatus from wrestling.Two years later on, Casey returned towards the continental USA and professional wrestling. She worked well for promoters Vince McMahon, Sr., Vince McMahon, Jr., and Leroy McGuirk. During this time period, she wrestled Donna Christanello at Madison Square Backyard in NY. In 1964, she got a match that pitted her and Cent Banner against Cara Combs and Kathy O'Brien. The next yr, she defeated Kay Commendable inside a match, but was defeated in another match by Bette Boucher. She was also defeated by Mae Youthful inside a 1968 NWA USA Women's Tournament match.With Vivian Vachon as her partner, Casey defeated Donna Christanello and Cara Combs inside a 1970 match. In 1972, Casey found that her boy had gotten involved with drug trafficking having a pickup truck drivers, and after she pressured him to avoid, the pickup truck drivers shot her six instances. Even though the doctors informed her that her professional wrestling profession was over, Casey could wrestle once again within almost a year. In 1974, Moolah wanted to allow Casey win the united states Women's Wrestling Tournament from her, and Casey was eventually hardly ever defeated for the belt. Afterwards that calendar year in Dec, Casey also gained the vacated NWA USA Women's Tournament by defeating Toni Rose within a match. She kept the championship for about four years before shedding it to Joyce Grable. On the other hand, wrestling newspaper Pro Wrestling Illustrated regarded Casey as the "Gal Wrestler of the entire year" in 1975.


Casey's last match occurred in 1990, when she defeated Judy Grable to wthhold the USA Women's Tournament. In 2004, she was honored with the Cauliflower Alley Membership, a link for retired professional wrestlers.Casey remarried and had a little girl in the 1970s. She still sometimes wrestled, and from 1980 to 1985, she proved helpful for the Mississippi Forestry Fee. Afterward, she received her paralegal permit, and a bachelor's level in legal justice with a in psychology in the School of South Alabama. After divorcing her second hubby, she began functioning being a bail bondsman. Subsequently, she opened up a cafe and drove vehicles.


Since retiring through the band, Ann Casey has written her autobiography. It really is entitled ‘Autobiography of professional girl wrestler, Ann Casey,’ and subtitled: ‘The Female, THE LIFE SPAN, The Star.’ Since 2009 Casey continues to be printing in demand and sending copies in demand to her faithful supporters. The book includes a lot more than three amounts and has ended 1,000 web pages lengthy. A shorter version of Casey's autobiography made an appearance in Brooklyn-based sports activities magazine Success Journal in Dec, 2014, entitled: "The Star of Panther Female", subtitled: "She fought to earn. They shot to eliminate."

In wrestling

Finishing movements Airplane spin Signature movements Dropkick

Championships and accomplishments

Cauliflower Alley Membership Honoree (2004) Country wide Wrestling Alliance NWA USA Women's Tournament (one time) Pro Wrestling Illustrated Gal Wrestler of the entire year (1975) Other game titles USA Women's Wrestling Tournament (one time) Southern State governments Ladies Tournament Mississippi State Females Championship

Further reading

Teal, Scott Winston (2009). THE ANNALS of professional wrestling, Quantity 4. Scott Teal.