WWE recently announced that the women would now have a battle royal to participate in, similar to the men. With Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal now being a constant on the WrestleMania card, the company wanted to create a similar battle royal for the female Superstars. With the women’s Royal Rumble match once again emphasizing on WWE’s intent on pushing their female talent, their announcement drew praises from all corners.
The focus, which should’ve been on WWE’s groundbreaking decision, was swiftly shifted to the what they decided to call the battle royal. Andre the Giant, who, according to everyone in the business was a true pioneer, deserved to be enshrined, and be a part of the WrestleMania festivities. However, Fabulous Moolah’s case is entirely different.
Over the past few years, numerous former female talent, who either trained out of her wrestling school, or worked with her in some capacity, levied some serious allegations against Moolah. While we won’t dwell on what they were – although a quick Google search would tell you everything you’d need about her past, naming the battle royal after Moolah led to severe backlash from the wrestling community.
WWE backtracks on naming the battle royal after Fabulous Moolah
The fans contacted Snickers, the sponsor of WrestleMania, and the parent company, Mars Wrigley Confectionary US, called WWE’s decision “unacceptable”. Here is their statement, sent to Wrestling Inc.
We were recently made aware of the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc’s (WWE) decision to honor a former wrestler during the upcoming WrestleMania 34 event. As a principle-based business that has long championed creating inclusive environments that encourage and empower everyone to reach their full potential, this is unacceptable. We are engaging with the WWE to express our disappointment.
WWE disabled the comments on the YouTube video, where they announced the Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal. WWE then released a statement last night, announcing that it would no longer be in Moolah’s memory.
“After further consideration, we believe it’s best to proceed with the name ‘WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal.
“What remains most important is that this historic match is part of WWE’s unwavering commitment to the Women’s Division.”