Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…
WWE Changes Women’s Battle Royal Name
After building pressure from fans over the last few days, the WWE has officially changed the name of the Women’s Battle Royal, which will take place at this year’s Wrestlemania.
Announcing ‘The Fabolous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal’ on this week’s Raw, the name was met with protest from a heavy protest from fans on the internet. Moolah, who passed away in 2007, was accused of sexually exploiting female trainees.
The match will now be titled ‘Wrestlemania Women’s Battle Royal’. Stephanie McMahon weighed in on the changed on Twitter, saying:
Thank you @WWEUniverse for using your voice. What remains most important is that the “@WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal” will be a historic match and is part of @WWE’s unwavering commitment to our Women’s Division. #WomensEvolution #ChangeTheName
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) March 15, 2018
Wrestlemania 35 Location
WWE announced yesterday evening that the official venue for Wrestlemania 35 will be the Metlife Stadium in New York-New Jersey. This was the same stadium that the company used to host Wrestlemania 29 five years ago.
They also announced that they will be using the Manhattan Centre in Brooklyn for the weekend’s other events, including the Hall of Fame and NXT Takeover.
Wrestling Observer Awards Announced
Yes, it is nearly April, but the Wrestling Observer Newsletter yesterday revealed the results of its 2017 awards, as voted for by their fanbase. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, ran by Dave Meltzer is seen as the most reliable source of wrestling information on the internet, and the awards are respected within the industry. There were few surprises in the results, especially considering the success of New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2017. Here are some of their key results, if you want to see the full results head over to F4W online.
Wrestler of the Year – Kazuchika Okada
Most Outstanding Wrestler – Kazuchika Okada
Tag Team of the Year – The Young Bucks
Promotion of the Year – New Japan
Best Weekly TV Show – New Japan on AXS
Match of the Year – Okada vs. Omega – Wrestle Kingdom
Feud of the Year – Okada vs. Omega
Worst TV Show – Monday Night Raw
Worst Match of the Year – Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton – Wrestlemania XXXIII
Worst Feud of the Year – Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
Worst Promotion – Impact Wrestling