By: Patrick Ketza
Needless to say, it's been an interesting week for the WWE. In an effort to continue their "Women's Revolution", they announced on Monday that they would hold their first annual "Fabulous Moolah Memorial Women's Battle Royal" at Wrestlemania, in the same light of the Andre The Giant memorial match of the same type.
However, something happened, something I think very few actually expected to happen. The fans practically revolted. Spewing a vengeance the likes of which would put the hatred of Roman Reigns to shame. Fans and a LOT of wrestlers were not happy. But why? Why the hatred for a female wrestler that's been dead over a decade? Well, you have to go to even before Vince Jr. owning the WWE to see why.
Now, of course, this could be heresy, and there's no paper trail or any tangible evidence, but with how many people have come out with what's been said, it's hard to ignore everything that's been said about this vile woman.
Wendy Richter, Sherry Mattel, Sweet Georgia Brown, Luna Vachon have all come out to say that Moolah was a terrible person. Stealing money, running a school but never actually training anyone, and worst of all... essentially being a pimp. Promising sexual favors to promoters by the very wrestlers she was controlling in favor of continuing doing business with both sides. If the wrestler refused, she'd be blackballed, or worse. Multiple people have alleged that Moolah would drug and rape girls she trained if they wouldn't comply with what they were asked/demanded.
Then, there was fraud. Richter and Vachon both said they worked almost 2 years without making any money because Moolah with take their pay, take out her mandatory cut (travel, lodging, fees, etc.), then only give them half of what remained saying it was all she was given, pocketing the rest.
Now, why was this never brought up before? Like when she was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Well, at the time she was inducted, it wasn't as big of knowledge as it is now. The interviews where wrestlers brought up the allegations didn't happen until well after she was retired, most not occurring until the late 90s/early 2000s. And even then, it wasn't like we had all of the information at our fingertips like we do now. You had to dig.
But now, it's far more known than it was when she was inducted into the Hall of Fame (Class of 1996). I won't lie, when I first saw the WWE was going to hold a women's tournament, I was dead set that it'd be named after Moolah. I was ok with it being Mae Young, however, knowing what I knew then and still know now.
So, when WWE announced the Fabulous Moolah Memorial Women's Battle Royal, I sighed. I knew, I know a lot of people who knew. And people let it be known. But, it didn't stop. That's where it got weird. For the last 3 days, the people kept getting louder about their displeasure. But, the WWE stayed firm.
That was until the big rumor popped up. The announcement was made on Thursday that the WWE would rename the match to the "Wrestlemania Women's Battle Royal" and would no longer use the Fabulous Moolah in the name. Turns out, the fans had one extra unexpected ally... Snickers.
The main rumor is Snickers pushed for the name change, and whether it's true or not, it was enough for WWE to pull the trigger. For once, the WWE listened to their fans, kind of.
I'm not crying or upset about it. I'm rather happy. The dark cloud that has come out since the turn of the millennium overshadowing Moolah is one that can't be ignored anymore. It was a large enough cloud that the WWE actually did something about it when the fans went against what try wanted.
...And during Women's History Month, no less.
IMPACT Wrestling announced today a historic co-promotion with Lucha Underground has been set for WrestleCon weekend scheduled for April 5 to April 8, 2018 in New Orleans, La.
The stars of IMPACT Wrestling will face off against the stars of Lucha Underground on Friday, April 6, starting at 9:00 p.m. CT at The Sugar Mill (1021 Convention Center Blvd.) during what will be the biggest weekend of the year in professional wrestling.
IMPACT Wrestling vs. Lucha Underground will stream live exclusively on IMPACT Wrestling’s Twitch channel (www.twitch.tv/impactwrestling). The channel will feature over 10 hours of original daily content for three days during WrestleCon weekend, including exclusive podcasts and behind-the-scenes footage.
Matches for the show will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for IMPACT Wrestling vs. Lucha Underground on April 6 are available at www.wrestlecon.com.
Earlier this year, there was news of former WWE superstar Serena Deeb returning to the company. At the time many assumed that she was going to be used in the first ever Women's Royal Rumble, but that was not the case. Now we know what her official role will be, a performance center coach.
As for Deeb's role, she will be working with Sara Amato in coaching the new female recruits to the center.
When asked what she hopes to bring to the PC, Deeb had this to say.
"To really step up into this leadership role, which is a new thing for me. I’m just looking forward to the set of challenges and rewards that are coming with this responsibility and getting to improve myself personally and professionally. I’m focused on how I can be a better person and a better coach. [I want] to give my best self to them so I can be a reflection of them and receive their best selves back. I think it’s so important for the individual, regardless of the role you’re in, to always be mindful of where you’re at and always take your self-inventory so you can garner the best side of them as well."
Congrats to Serena Deeb.
Ring Of Honor issued the following, announcing details on their new ‘Honor Club’ streaming service:
Ring of Honor is proud to officially announce HonorClub.
With the imminent launch of HonorClub, the Ringside Membership will be deprecated to make way for this new and improved HonorClub. In addition to live streaming ROH Pay Per Views and On Tour events, and a vast on-demand library, HonorClub will be the destination to connect wrestling fans with exclusive content, offers, and more.
LIVE STREAMING & VOD
Ring of Honor will begin live streaming ROH On Tour events! Live events will also be accessible anytime as part of the VOD library which also includes complete access to the ROH TV Archive, and the VOD Vault containing historical events, compilations, interviews, and more. Standard Memberships will include a 50% discount on ROH’s major Pay Per Views when bought digitally, however, an Annual VIP Membership will include all Pay Per Views for FREE!
HonorClub memberships also include exclusive access to all ROH event ticket pre-sales and 15% off all ROH-branded products in the ROH Pro Shop, in addition to any other discounts or sales. Many fans have also asked about the ROH Forum, and even though there is a large world of social media, there is nothing like having an intimate ROH community to engage with. The ROH Forum returns as an exclusive to HonorClub members!
PRICING & RINGSIDE MEMBERSHIP ROLLOVER
Ringside Members will automatically become an HonorClub member until their subscription expires. At that time, previous members can decide how they would like to proceed with their HonorClub membership. The various plans will include both monthly and annual options for the Standard Membership. Fans can choose whether they would like to pay $9.99 per month or a discounted $99.99 for the entire year. However, for the ultimate Ring of Honor experience, fans will have the option to purchase an Annual VIP membership for just $119.99. This package includes all of the wonderful features of the Standard Membership, but it also gives you free access to all ROH Pay Per Views!
HOW TO ACCESS HONORCLUB
At initial launch, HonorClub will be available on your computer or personal device through ROHWrestling.com.
HonorClub will also be available through the new ROH App on Android and iOS, and channels on Roku, Apple TV, and Android TV as a Beta version for select fans. In an effort to provide fans with a quality user experience, these platforms will be tested thoroughly during this phase with an official launch coming very soon.
By Kevin Gray
Usually when Stephanie McMahon hits the ring something big is about happen. Many times she comes to the ring to degrade a superstar that she deems isn't best for business or to just flat out fire them. Other times, like tonight, she is there to make announcements that change the future of the WWE forever.
After tonight's Raw main event broke down into a full brawl featuring the entire Raw Women's roster, Steph's music hit and everything came to a halt. When she stepped into the ring she had nothing but praise for the women, not just on the Raw roster but SmackDown Live as well. After listing all the things they have accomplished, she asked her roster if they wanted to make history again. Then Steph made it known that on January 28, for the first time ever, there will be an all-women Royal Rumble match.
Last night at Final Battle, ROH confirmed that the first-ever Women of Honor Champion will be crowned in 2018 following a tournament that is set to begin in January. The WOH division has been largely non-existent in comparison to WWE and TNA over the last few years, but it seems as if Ring of Honor is finally starting to take steps in the right direction.
WWE is bringing the action of the squared circle to Facebook Watch. The Facebook exclusive show will feature only mixed tag team matches which means every team will consist of a man and a woman.
The 12-episode series is designed as a single-elimination, tag-team tournament pitting male and female stars from its Raw and SmackDown Live rosters — and will let fans get in on the action by voting on certain elements of the matches.
Each 20-minute live episode of “Mixed Match Challenge” will be produced in a way that’s optimized for mobile viewing and social interaction, according to WWE. Fans will have the opportunity to vote on Facebook for the final competitor from the Raw roster, as well as which tag-team member of The New Day will be added to the SmackDown Live team.
WWE is slated to announce the tag-team partners for the show Jan. 4. The “Monday Night Raw” roster includes Alexa Bliss; Alicia Fox; Asuka; Bayley; Braun Strowman; Enzo Amore; Finn Bálor; Nia Jax; Goldust; Sasha Banks; and The Miz.
From “SmackDown Live,” the lineup includes Becky Lynch; Bobby Roode; Carmella; Charlotte Flair; Jimmy Uso; Lana; Naomi; Natalya; Rusev; Sami Zayn; Shinsuke Nakamura; and the fan-voted member of The New Day (which will most likely be Xavier Woods).
The show will stream live in the U.S. exclusively on Facebook’s Watch platform on Tuesday nights, starting Jan. 16 at 10 p.m. ET, following “SmackDown Live” on USA Network.
One of the greatest things about sports is it brings people together. I doesn't matter if it's baseball, football, soccer or professional wrestling, when different people come together to enjoy a sport, something magical happens. Often times that magic leads to barriers being broken and history being made, this was the case during the WWE recent tour stop in Abu Dhabi. For the first time ever, the fans were treated to a live women's wrestling match.
Last year when the WWE toured Abu Dhabi and the rest of the Middle East, women wrestlers were not allowed to compete in the ring. On Thursday (Dec. 7), that all changed as fans in Abu Dhabi got to see "The Boss" Sasha Banks take on "The Goddess" Alexa Bliss in the first women's wrestling match in the region. While the look of the match was a little different that what we are used to seeing, both competitors wore full bodysuits instead of their usually ring gear, the action and excitement was clearly there as both women received huge pops when their music hit.
After the match backstage, Sasha Banks was overcome with emotions and cut a great promo on what the moment meant to her.
During the Wednesday's episode of NXT, a teaser video was shown promising an "ominous force" making their way to NXT. The video didn't offer many clues, but it did show the word "soon" with the o's replaced by spades. Many people have speculated on who this could be, but Dave Meltzer is reporting that this is leading to the debut of former Trifecta member (Shimmer) and MMA star, Shayna Baszler.
Baszler, who also goes by "Queen of Spades" was last use on TV during the finals of the Mae Young Classic, where she lost to Kairi Sane. Baszler has been used on NXT live events in Florida, but has yet to make her television debut. It has been reported that she did play an on-screen role during the last set of NXT tapings on November 29th, so her debut should take place sometime in December.
The next set of NXT tapings are scheduled for January 4th at Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta.
For years, the true A-list couple of the WWE has been WWE Superstar David Otunga and Grammy Winner Jennifer Hudson, but now that is all coming to an end. According to People Magazine, Hudson and Otunga have split after a nearly ten year relationship. They have one child together.
In addition to the split, Hudson has been granted an order of protection against Otunga. TMZ has a report out detailing new revelations from the protective order filed by Jennifer Hudson against David Otunga.
You can read the full report HERE.