WrestleMania: WWE apologizes for using Auschwitz image

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World Wrestling Entertainment apologized Friday for using images of the Auschwitz concentration camp to promote one of its matches on the first night of last weekend’s WrestleMania 39.

This image was used in the promotional package for the match between Rey Mysterio and Dominic Mysterio at the preview show on April 1st.

In a statement, WWE said, “We had no idea what was depicted. As soon as we found out, it was quickly removed. We apologize for this error.”

A storyline between father and son involved Dominic Mysterio going to jail after getting involved in an affair with his father over Christmas. Appeared in

A photo of the Oświęcim concentration camp in Poland, where 1.1 million people were murdered by the Nazis during World War II, was replaced with stock footage of barbed wire and an empty prison cell in pre-match promotions and replays. I got

Some wrestling fans noticed that the Auschwitz photo was used. It received even more attention after the Auschwitz Memorial Museum posted on Twitter Wednesday that its use of the image was “hard to call an editorial error.”

“The exploitation of this site, which has become a symbol of a colossal human tragedy, is shameless and an insult to the memory of all victims of Auschwitz,” the memorial said in a statement.

Rey Mysterio, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame last week, defeated his son in a match.

WrestleMania 39 at SoFi Stadium drew 161,892 people, setting stadium single-day records on both nights. It was also Peacock’s most-streamed event since last year’s Super Bowl.

The two-night show also took place the night before the McMahon family agreed to merge with the company that runs the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

On Monday morning, Endeavor and WWE announced plans to create a US$21.4 billion sports entertainment company.

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