WWE changes name of 'Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal' after backlash

WWE changes name of 'Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal' after backlash

In a statement provided to CBS Sports, WWE announced the Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal that was revealed Monday night on Raw will now simply be referred to as the WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal. Once regarded as an important, trailblazing name in professional wrestling for women, the last decade has seen Moolah's name discredited as she's been accused of sex trafficking, among other things. The plan was to further give the women their spotlight with a battle royal, which will likely feature mostly female superstars not already involved in WrestleMania matches.

On Thursday, Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter indicated on his Twitter page that WWE announced they've dropped the Fabulous Moolah's name from the title of the match. Citing Moolah's shady past, the WWE Universe demanded a change. That speculation was correct, but due to concern over Moolah as a controversial wrestling star, rumors claimed the WWE would have to change the name.

Additionally, it appears the name change happened after an official sponsor for WrestleMania 34 called naming the battle royal after Fabulous Moolah "unacceptable".

"Moolah did send girls out to this guy in Arizona and pimped them out", Jeannine Mjoseth, a former student of Moolah who briefly wrestled as Mad Maxine, told Slam!

The son of African American female wrestler Sweet Georgia Brown, who passed away in 1989, also told some disturbing stories to the Free Times in 2006 of his mother's experiences during the time that she trained and worked for Moolah. Tweets published by the primary WWE account and the personal accounts of a variety of women likely to be in the match received nearly entirely negative reactions. WWE even went so far as disabling the comments for the YouTube video on the announcement.



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