Most wrestling fans are aware of the long list of trailblazing contributions The Fabulous Moolah made to the industry. But it's her alleged history of sexual exploitation and monetary abuse that has the WWE fanbase screeching.
WWE announced on the latest episode of RAW that WrestleMania 34 will host the first ever Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal. Sister the to the Andre the Giant Battle Royal, the women of RAW, SmackDown and NXT will all compete for a trophy in Moolah's likeness.
However, in the breath it was announced, Twitter rocked WWE's gesture.
Naming it after a woman who pimped out her students and saying she “empowered women”. She did the polar opposite. Mae Young deserves this way more.— Doc McThuggins (@thezackmorgan) March 13, 2018
Yeah...not too enthused. A battle royal celebrating a tyrant who pimped out her wrestlers to men? Really? You DO realize we're not stupid and know how to read, right? We know Moolah's ACTUAL history and personality. You couldn't have picked Chyna or Mae Young or Sherri Martel???— デクそしてオールマイトベスト!! (@PhoenixJustice) March 13, 2018
@WWE she used other women as sexual pawns to ensure her safety and position. How DARE you honor her in this way.— GLITTER GLOW STICK (@illinoisemakers) March 13, 2018
@StephMcMahon how you gonna explain to your daughters one day that you supported a woman who pimped our her students, had them hooked on drugs, and took their money. It’ll be a great story to try to explain away.— Jerad Jurgensmier (@JeradTheMurse) March 13, 2018
Twitter after hearing about the Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania. pic.twitter.com/D4X1VopllT— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) March 13, 2018
Does a Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal mean that Moolah gets 35% of everyone's Mania payoff? #RAW— Tom. (@NotThatTomGreen) March 13, 2018
With her wrestling career already made, Moolah opened up a school of sorts where trained young female athletes. However, that's where the altruism allegedly comes to a halt.
Aside from not training the hopeful wrestlers, Moolah would take an oppressive 25% cut from whatever bookings they drew. Even more, the trainees were forced to rent their room directly from Moohlah even helping the WWE Hall of Famer pay rent and utilities.
And then there's the sexual exploitation.
Sweet Georgia Brown, Ida Martinez, and Luna Vachon all have personal accounts that cast Moohlah in the darkest of light. Brown went on record in saying she was raped, given drugs and made an addict with the intention of Moolah controlling her. Other stories claim that Moolah's trainers were asked to perform sexual favors before getting paid by regional promoters. Luna Vachon, at 16, was sent by Moohlah for a photo shoot with an older man. While Vachon's clothes remained on, she has said that it was an uncomfortable experience.0comments
Moolah is also accused of smothering the careers of up and coming wrestlers to maintain her status a the top of the industry—specifically, her protege, Mad Maxine.
Maybe the Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal won't be the pump of nostalgia WWE was hoping for?