WWE announced last night that the inaugural Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal will take place at WrestleMania 34 — however, one of her ex-students says Moolah “pimped women” she was managing and the honor should’ve gone to someone else.
For those unaware … the family of Moolah student Sweet Georgia Brown, aka Susie Mae McCoy, took part in a 2006 article alleging their mother told them she was badly beaten if she refused to have sex with men Moolah would send to her hotel room. They also claim Brown was drugged/raped under the WWE Hall of Famer’s watch and stiffed on a majority of the money she made.
Pro Wrestling Sheet reached out to Jeannine Mjoseth, who got her start in the business with Moolah as Mad Maxine/Lady Maxine, to get her thoughts on the battle royal announcement and she sent along the following statement.
The Fabulous Moolah was a real-life heel. A lot of women paid to train at her school and then went out on the road. They risked life and limb in their matches and she repaid them with the worst kinds of abuses. She skimmed their money, she ignored women who were badly hurt, she pimped women out to creepy men and on and on. She was not a mother figure. She was more like Kali, the Indian Goddess of Destruction. I met her in my early 20s and I had never met such a monstrous person.
I was smart enough to get the hell away from her and start my own independent career in Tampa as part of the Championship Wrestling from Florida. Luna Vachon, Peggy Fowler and I all left together, which I hope put a serious dent in her confidence, if not wallet.
I understand why Moolah was so grotesque. Her family was dirt poor and she determined that she was never going to be hungry again. But it doesn’t excuse her dog-eat-dog behavior. I’d much rather see WWE establish a named match for outstanding wrestlers (and decent human beings) like Susan ‘Tex’ Green, Beverly Shade, Leilani Kai, Wendi Richter, Princess Victoria or Joyce Grable. They all put their hearts and souls into wrestling for decades and helped others along the way.
But wrestling isn’t PC. It’s about generating heat. And you can’t draw more heat than naming a match for The Fabulous Moolah. May she be the last of her kind.
We reached out to WWE for comment and will update the article if a statement is received. Before her passing, Moolah denied the allegations made by Sweet Georgia Brown’s family.