A Change.org petition demanding WWE change the name of its upcoming Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal is nearing its 7,500 signature goal.
The event is set for next month’s WrestleMania 34, which is the latest installment in the annual Super Bowl of sports entertainment. Here’s the problem: While Moolah is a huge name in the history of women’s professional wrestling, her reputation as a booker, trainer and mentor to other women is about as bad as it gets, and many wrestling fans think she is undeserving of such an honor.
Moolah’s backstage legacy is anything by “fabulous”: She has been accused by women who wrestled for her of pimping them out to men in the business, as well as skimming large chunks of their pay. Moolah, whose real name was Mary Lillian Ellisor, died in 2007 at age 84.
WWE, which named a 2017 all-female wrestling tournament after fellow in-ring legend Mae Young, did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s request for comment on the public calls to change the new match’s name.
Vince McMahon’s pro-wrestling league posted the following promotional video during Monday’s “Raw” on USA Network:
— WWE (@WWE) March 13, 2018
The backlash isn’t limited to one petition — see some more of the outcry here:
The "Fabulous" Moolah was a serial abuser of women in every way possible. She made her career off of the suffering and exploitation of young women who trusted her with their lives & safety. She shouldn't be honored by WWE — they should be ashamed that they enabled her. #RAW
— ash ✨ (@ashiisms) March 13, 2018
Just did a bunch of research on Fabulous Moolah. pic.twitter.com/Lz3V1nZS7U
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) March 13, 2018
Did you know? The Fabulous Moolah was a human trafficker for female wrestlers. She pimped semi-trained women to promoters and their wrestlers, those who didn't comply were raped. @WWE, remove her name from the WrestleMania Womens Battle Royal asap. pic.twitter.com/cHff614MKs
— Jay Hunter (@OSWreview) March 13, 2018
The Fabulous Moolah was a serial abuser. She made a career off the suffering and exploitation of women who trusted her with their lives & safety. She drugged women to keep them controlled. Sickening. https://t.co/ICl65ah1eO
— Allan (@allan_cheapshot) March 13, 2018
I am all for the Women having a Battle Royale at #Wrestlemania. Love it!
But if you’re going to name it after The Fabulous Moolah, just bring Hogan back already.
— Glenn Rubenstein (@GlennRubenstein) March 13, 2018
— Danielle Matheson (@prograpslady) March 13, 2018
— Stephen (@DrTeethPhD) March 13, 2018
The Fabulous Moolah is a beloved wrestling legend provided you don't have access to Google #SDLive
— WWE Creative Humor (@WWECreative_ish) March 14, 2018
— Will Mahoney (@HeelWillMahoney) March 13, 2018
The WWE women logging into their accounts to type mandatory inspirational tweets about The Fabulous Moolah because of the company email they received from Vince pic.twitter.com/tVVs1nZ2Tl
— Alisha✨ (@AlishaWithFlair) March 13, 2018
WrestleMania 34 will take place April 8 from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. It will air on pay-per-view and WWE Network.