Heading into WrestleMania 39, the feud between Dominik and Rey Mysterio had been one of the most heavily featured on WWE television.
After weeks and months of back and forth, the grudge match was set for SoFi Stadium.
On the pre-show WWE aired a promo package for the match, referencing Dom’s time in ‘prison.’ The story had become a moment of light relief on WWE programming after Dom had been ‘arrested’ and held for a few hours after attacking his father. On television, the younger Mysterio was dubbed “ex-con-Dom” as he tried to better himself after serving hard time.
However, the video featured an image of the Auschwitz concentration camp. The error was highlighted on social media, and the image was removed before the promo video aired on the main WrestleMania show.
In a post on social media the Auschwitz Memorial Museum has branded the use of the image “shameless,” adding that it “insults the memory of all victims of Auschwitz.”
“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.”
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.https://t.co/b4bbYgWPwjhttps://t.co/Xud4rbhEUSpic.twitter.com/tuJrzmK6mQ
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) April 5, 2023
WWE Claims WrestleMania 39 Was The “Most Successful WrestleMania Ever”
As the dust was beginning to settle on the huge news about WWE’s future, the sports entertainment giant sent out a press release detailing the huge success of WrestleMania 39. The company stated that the event set new records for “viewership, gate, sponsorship, merchandise, and social media.”