Fabulous Moolah

After days of online backlash over the use of Fabulous Moolah in association with a first ever Women’s Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34, WWE confirmed in a statement issued to the wrestling media on Thursday that they were dropping Moolah from the name.

The match will now be called the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal going forward.

“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.”

Former Fabulous Moolah trainee Mad Maxine/Lady Maxine (Jeannine Mjoseth) spoke at length with Pro Wrestling Sheet this week about Moolah’s troubled past after the WWE announcement, accusing her of skimming people on “their money, she ignored women who were badly hurt, she pimped women out to creepy men and on and on.”

The family of former pro wrestler Sweet Georgia Brown (Susie Mae McCoy) made similar accusations against Moolah back in 2006 adding “she refused to have sex with men Moolah would send to her hotel room. They also claim Brown was drugged/raped under the WWE Hall of Famer’s watch and stiffed on a majority of the money she made.”

Snickers, the official corporate sponsor of WrestleMania 34, became aware of the accusations against Moolah this week and issued this statement to WrestlingInc.com:

“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 continued to push Moolah’s background history and involvement with the match as late as Tuesday night’s broadcast of Smackdown Live despite online backlash after the initial announcement took place 24 hours earlier during RAW.

WWE has yet to issue a formal press release or announcement on WWE.com regarding dropping Moolah’s name from the match, but have deleted the match listing.

Sources: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online, PWInsider.com

12 COMMENTS

  1. Her main legacy was from the old days so WWE chooses to only highlight her wrestling days and her comedy time with Mae Young. IT is also the reason they dont really discuss The Original Screwjob as it would taint her legacy but Moolah was allegedly behind the scenes a very dark person

  2. I’ve heard about the rumors, but c’mon, can’t we let anyone’s professional life speak for itself, we’re all guilty of doing something bad in our past, but it doesn’t take away from what we’ve accomplished… or shouldn’t anyway… So whose going on the Trophy now? lol

  3. Not even Moolah’s professional accomplishments are without controversy so you can’t even discuss those without delving into shady business.

    As for who should be going on top of the trophy now, the answer is clear; Gerald Ford with Marge Simpson hair.

  4. I know how you feel, I didn’t know about this until about a year or two ago when it was obliquely referred to on a Going In Raw episode which lead me to look this stuff up myself.

  5. Wow, total cowardice on part of the WWE.

    How about providing actual proof that Moolah did anything wrong?

    Accusations have been made. An accusation is not proof of guilt. Hard evidence must be presented or else the accusations are nothing but hearsay.

    It is wrong to trash someones reputation and censor them from history based only on unproven accusations made by disgruntled co-workers/employees.

    Innocent until proven guilty!

  6. Well we know The Orginal Screwjob is a real thing so unfortunately the benefit of the doubt will not be given to Moolah .I’m not saying whether it’s fair or foul ,I’m just pointing out the reality

  7. I stand by my comments.

    I think even in the case of the “screwjob” assigning sole blame to Moolah is unfair as it is claimed she was following Vince McMahon’s orders. It’s sort of like how some blame Earl Hebner for screwing Bret Hart even though Vince ordered him to.

    Here is how Wikipedia describes the incident-

    “In 1985, after losing and then regaining the title from rival Leilani
    Kai at the inaugural WrestleMania, Wendi Richter was scheduled to defend her
    title at Madison Square Garden on November 25 of that same year against a mysterious masked opponent known only as The Spider.[1]
    During the match, The Spider broke from the pre-scripted events and
    pinned Richter’s shoulders to the mat. The referee—who was in on the
    plan—delivered a swift three count, despite Richter kicking out after a
    count of one.[12] Richter ignored the bell and continued to attack the Spider, unmasking the new champion to reveal that it was The Fabulous Moolah in disguise.[12]

    “It was reported that the plan to rid Richter of the title was concocted by WWF Chairman Vince McMahon, who brought in Moolah after Richter refused to sign a new contract with the WWF.[12]Richter, however, claims she was still under her original five-year contract, but that she regularly had disagreements with McMahon about her compensation.[13]
    She also claims that when she arrived at the arena that day, she was
    surprised to find Moolah backstage, as she never showed up to events at
    which she was not scheduled to wrestle.[13]
    After the match, an infuriated Richter left the arena in her wrestling
    gear, took a cab to the airport, and booked herself on a flight out of
    New York.[13] Afterward, she never spoke to Moolah again.”

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