JC’s Top Rope Report: A Slap In The Face To The Women’s Revolution
There aren’t a whole lot of things that really piss me off when it comes to the world of pro wrestling. We all complain about storylines. We all complain about Roman Reigns. We all complain about Wrestlemania being eleventy billion hours along. But those are all things we can get over at the end of the day.
But on RAW this past Monday, the WWE announced the first ever Fabulous Moolah Battle Royal at Wrestlemania, and it has pissed me off to no end ever since.
There are still a lot of fans that just know of Fabulous Moolah as being one of the first female wrestling stars from the 50s to the 80s. Of course other people know her from her appearances during the Attitude Era. But there is a deep, dark side to Moolah that has come out over the years. And it is one that is a complete slap in the face to every woman in the WWE locker room. And it is a complete slap in the face to the whole “Women’s Revolution” that the WWE likes to parade around.
In 2017 a book came out called Sisterhood of the Squared Circle that chronicles the history of women in the sport of pro wrestling. It also exposed the dark side of Fabulous Moolah, and how she abused the women that she trained in addition to abusing her power in the world of pro wrestling. That abuse caused her to remain Champion for 28 years. But what she did to her female trainees outside the ring was much worse than that.
Over the years it has become clear just how awful Moolah treated her trainees. They were forced to live with Moolah and pay her rent. Moolah also took their money and pimped them out to various promoters over the country. In 2014, former Moolah trainee Jeannine Mjoseth gave an interview to Slam! Wrestling where she talked about Moolah taking her earnings and not making any money.
Perhaps the saddest story is that of Susie Mae, who wrestled in the 60s and 70s as Sweet Georgia Brown. In this interview from 2006 at Free-Times with Mae’s son Michael McCoy, McCoy details the struggles and hardships that his mother went through in the world of pro wrestling. It is believed that Mae was intentionally drugged and pimped out so Moolah could keep Mae under her control.
There are multiple stories like this out there. If it is one person, you question it. But when more and more people come out about it, you just know there is smoke to the fire. And it proves that the Fabulous Moolah was an awful, horrible woman that used her trainees to her advantage. Of course, wrestling was a different place back in Moolah’s time. But that doesn’t excuse the awful treatment of her trainees. Moolah is someone that should have been in prison rather than getting TV time in the WWE in the Attitude Era.
And now here we are in 2018 in an era where #MeToo and the Women’s March are taking over the world. Women aren’t afraid to stand up and speak out. Women have a stronger voice now more than ever. The WWE is showing that too. No matter how much they shove the “women’s revolution” down our throats, you have to admit they are doing a great job making their women’s wrestlers role models for young girls. It is evident at any WWE event you go too. There is a stronger presence of young girls there in t-shirts of various women from the company.
So that leads me to ask the question: How can the WWE be so tone deaf and not realize the backlash they were going to get from this?
It isn’t that hard to search the Internet for these stories. They had to know that there was going to be a huge backlash from the wrestling community when they named this battle royal after the Fabulous Moolah. They still get backlash over the Warrior Award as well, but at least to me, this one is way worse. Moolah ruined the lives of countless women. She took advantage of them. She chewed them up and spit them out once they were useless to her.
The story is starting to pick up steam around the Internet. You would hope that if the backlash gets big enough, the WWE would consider changing the name. But that would mean Vince McMahon changing something he probably approved, so I doubt that happens. They said they don’t want to induct Chyna into the Hall of Fame because they don’t want young kids searching her name on the Internet. I’m sorry, but there is nothing wrong with doing porn if you are a consenting adult that does it. What happens today if a young girl who saw Natalya or Carmella tweet about Fabulous Moolah searches Moolah’s name on the Internet?
And now the poor women that are going to be in this battle royal are forced to tweet out that they are honored to be a part of this and how Moolah was a trail blazer for women in wrestling. And they are getting roasted in their responses for it on social media. And you have to feel bad for the place they are being put in during all of this. It is one of those situations where they have to do it, but you know they regret it the second they hit send. But Vince McMahon and the WWE higher ups are too care. On Smackdown, Carmella said she is the “modern day Moolah.” I honestly feel bad for these poor women having to say this.
I know complaining on the Internet doesn’t really do too much. But I just had to get this out. The WWE’s own tone deafness once again comes back to bite them in the ass with this one. The way they pushed this on Smackdown makes me think they are going to do this just to spite us.
It’s a shame that Becky Lynch deleted her tweet about Fabulous Moolah. It said Moolah was straight fire, which is true. Because God willing she is burning in hell right now for her awful past.
Until Next Time,
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