• WWE Issues Statement Regarding WrestleMania 39 Controversy
At WrestleMania 39 Saturday, Rey Mysterio defeated Dominik Mysterio in a Father vs. Son match.
The match saw Judgment Day, Legado Del Fantasma, Bad Bunny, Angie & Aalyah Mysterio get involved.
During the promo for this match that was shown on the Kickoff Show, Auschwitz concentration camp was shown for Dominik’s prison character, which caused controversy on Social Media.
— 'Miss Dog', Katy Lawson 🐕🦺 (he/it/pup) (@KatyGoesArf) April 2, 2023
Auschwitz concentration camp was a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II and the Holocaust. Over 1.1 million people lost their lives at this camp.
However, this footage was removed from the promo before the match on the main PPV show on Peacock.
Auschwitz Memorial issued the following statement about this on Twitter:
“The fact that Auschwitz image was used to promote a WWE match is hard to call ‘an editing mistake’.
Exploiting the site that became a symbol of enormous human tragedy is shameless and insults the memory of all victims of Auschwitz.”
WWE later apologized by issuing the following statement to The Washington Post:
“We had no knowledge of what was depicted. As soon as we learned, it was removed immediately.”
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 7, 2016) – WWF Legend Passed Away
On this day in 2016, we lost Old School WWF Legend Blackjack Mulligan (Real name: Robert Windham) at the age of 73.
Blackjack Mulligan spent most of his career teaming with Blackjack Lanza as “The Blackjacks”.
Together they won multiple tag team championships, including the World Wide Wrestling Federation titles.
In 1986, Mulligan wrestled under a mask as the “Big Machine” and joined The Giant Machine (André) & Super Machine (Masked Superstar aka Demolition Ax) in a faction, called “The Machines”.
The Blackjacks were inducted into the 2006 class of the WWE Hall of Fame by their former manager Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.
REST IN PEACE BLACKJACK MULLIGAN
November 25, 1942 – April 7, 2016