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.