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Wrestlemania 34 will be home to not just the usual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but also the first-ever Women’s Battle Royal. 2018’s edition of Wrestlemania is due to take place on April 8 starting at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT, although it’ll be preceded by a two-hour Kickoff Show. It’s during this portion of the broadcast that you’ll catch this particular match.
Although a full lineup of participants hasn’t been announced, this has been a notable match in the lead up to Wrestlemania for a different reason. WWE originally intended to call this The Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal, playing on the name of the men’s version. However, this quickly prompted complaints—although she was a significant name in women’s wrestling, she’s faced accusations of pimping out female wrestlers, racism, stealing money, and more. She passed away at the age of 84 in 2007.
In light of the controversy, WWE shifted gears and opted to rename the match without including a direct connection to any one individual. As a result, we have the simply titled Women’s Battle Royal. It’s one of four Wrestlemania matches featuring winners; there’s also the Raw Women’s Championship match between Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax, the Smackdown Women’s Championship match between Charlotte and Asuka, and the mixed tag match featuring Ronda Rousey (partnered with Kurt angle) and Stephanie McMahon (with Triple H).
It’s set to be a jam-packed evening of wrestling. The Women’s Battle Royal will take place during the Kickoff show; you can look for that on the WWE Network and YouTube beginning at 5 PM ET / 2 PM PT. An hour later, USA will also broadcast a portion of the Kickoff Show before Wrestlemania itself gets underway.
You can follow along with the event through our live coverage on Sunday night. In the meantime, we also have match predictions and some thoughts on when you can take a bathroom break.