Heading into WrestleMania 34, WWE made some head-scratching decisions. What they were thinking when the named the Memorial Battle Royal after Fabulous Moolah is beyond comprehension, why they would have the other female competitors shoot promos talking about how wonderful Moolah was added insult to injury and then changing the name, but not after someone else has sparked a bit of debate.
WWE also had Braun Strowman rip through an entire tag team division by himself, forgot to bring Ronda Rousey to a show she was advertised for and seemingly inserted Shane McMahon into a WrestleMania match that no one wants to see him in. Here are the biggest mistakes that WWE made this week.
Rousey Accidentally No-Shows Raw
It wasn't her fault but Rousey was advertised to appear on Raw last week and wasn't there thanks to previously scheduled medical testing. The promos telling fans she'd be at Raw where distributed accidentally and it created quite the stir among fans who had purchased tickets to the show to see her.
Despite WWE leaving their liability open by claiming on every ticket that wrestlers promoted to appear may not be on the card, it wasn't a good look for the company who was promoting a huge match for Rousey at WrestleMania. WWE seems to have learned the error of their ways and will be at every Raw between now and WrestleMania 34.
Strowman Destroys An Entire Division
Giving a little credit to WWE for coming up with an idea that is completely unique, while doing so, WWE alienated and made look weak an entire tag team division when they entered Braun Strowman into the Tag Team Battle Royal and had him not just win, but destroy every competitor with ease.
Strowman is now the No. 1 contender for The Bar's Tag Team Titles and he has no partner. Meanwhile, teams like The Revival, Apollo and Titus, The Good Brothers, and others are on the outside of WrestleMania 34 looking in. Strowman didn't need that match to look like a monster but the tag division needed not to look like 10 men couldn't handle one person.
Women Talk How Great Moolah Was
While trying to promote the first-ever Women's Battle Royal at WrestleMania, WWE goofed by naming the match after Fabulous Moolah. Moolah had a history of pimping out other female competitors and profiting from her abusing her authority and position in WWE at the time she was there. WWE knew she wasn't exactly an angel but had the women of today's WWE cut promos talking about how wonderful it was to have the match named after Moolah and what she meant to the Women's Division. Oops...
It's interesting to learn now that a ton of the females who shot these videos had no idea of Moolah's past so maybe they aren't to blame here but you'd have to think at least one woman would have spoken up if they'd known how evil Moolah was.
Shane Resigns and Will Join The Match
It's one thing to have Shane McMahon resign as SmackDown Live commissioner. That's been met with mixed reaction from fans, but at the end of the day, probably not a bad move by WWE. Where this gets iffy is that McMahon looks to now be joining the Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn match at WrestleMania 34.
Here's the problem with that. While Shane having a match is all well and good, he's taking away what could be a classic one-on-one for another Triple Threat Match which the WWE has loaded onto the card this year. It also now appears Daniel Bryan will be the guest referee ensuring he never wrestles in WWE again.