WWE changes name of the Fabulous Moolah battle royal

The WWE has announced that following backlash over the decision to honor Lillian Ellison a.k.a. The Fabulous Moolah at WrestleMania, the company has changed the name of the women's battle royal at WrestleMania next month.

The WWE announced on Thursday that amidst tons of backlash to Monday’s announcement, they will no longer be naming the women’s battle royal at WrestleMania after the Fabulous Moolah (Lillian Ellison).

The WWE issued the following statement:

After further consideration, we believe it’s best to proceed with the name ‘WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal.’ What remains most important is that this historic match is part of WWE’s unwavering commitment to the Women’s Division.

The name change came just shortly after Mars Wrigley Confectionary US (the parent company of Snickers, the title sponsor at WrestleMania) deemed the decision to honor Fabulous Moolah “unacceptable” with a statement released on Thursday:

We were recently made aware of the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc’s (WWE) decision to honor a former wrestler during the upcoming WrestleMania 34 event. As a principle-based business that has long championed creating inclusive environments that encourage and empower everyone to reach their full potential, this is unacceptable. We are engaging with the WWE to express our disappointment.

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