Penny Banner

Penny Banner

Born Aug 11, 1934

Mary Ann Kostecki, better know by her stage name Penny Banner, was a professional wrestler. She was best known for her time spent in the American Wrestling Association. She was also the Commissioner of the Professional Girl Wrestling Association (PGWA) from 1992 until her death.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Penny Banner.


1934 Birth Born on August 11, 1934.


1956 21 Years Old She held many titles in her career, including the NWA Women's World Tag Team Championship three times between 1956 and 1960 and the AWA World Women's Champion in 1961.
1959 24 Years Old In 1959, a match with NWA Champion June Byers, which ended in a draw, although Byers had consistently beat her in matches for three years prior.
1961 26 Years Old She was then booked into a match with Byers in Indiana for the newly formed American Wrestling Alliance (AWA) in August 1961, but Byers no-showed. … Read More


1977 42 Years Old During her career, Banner had her nosed ripped up and her elbow dislocated. Banner claimed that she retired in 1977 after June Byers, who owned the NWA Women's Championship, retired because of a car accident, and that Moolah had corned much of the national women's wrestling scene with her trainees and herself, which left Banner with nobody to wrestle in the Carolinas. … Read More


1990 55 Years Old In 1990, she was diagnosed with emphysema and began swimming competitively to quit her smoking. … Read More
1992 57 Years Old She also served as the Commissioner of the Professional Girl Wrestling Association from 1992 until her death.
1994 59 Years Old 1 More Event
She appeared at Slamboree 1994 with other wrestling Legends.


Banner's autobiography, Banner Days was completed 2005. … Read More
2007 72 Years Old In late 2007, Banner suffered several health crises, including pneumonia, resulting in severe weight loss.
2008 74 Years Old She died in her sleep at the home of her daughter, Wendi, in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 12, 2008.
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