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WWE blocks ROH from running MSG show


We noted before how ROH was planning to run a show at Madison Square Garden next year and the company was eying the WrestleMania weekend for the show.

After this news became viral it was reported that WWE Officials were not very happy about this and they were trying to do ‘everything possible’ to block the indie promotion from running this show.

And now it appears that the company was successful in their efforts as in an interview with Pwinsider, ROH COO Joe Koff revealed that the arena officials backed out from the deal after talking to WWE:

I’m not going to discuss beyond this statement because I am not going to litigate this in the press. We had a deal with [Madison Square] Garden and they then told us they were backing out after communications from the WWE. We are not able to get any other dates in any kind of discussion.

Continuing on the topic, Koff revealed that they will be taking legal action and the best they are hoping for is a resolution for the situation:

I’m expecting that our lawyers will be contacting all the parties involved and the best we can hope is that we can find a resolution, so we can bring the kind of energy and excitement that ROH and our partner New Japan to a bigger audience and to bigger arenas and to the fans of New York City.

This is bad news for not only ROH but for the whole indie wrestling scene as well and this move is sure to get some heat on WWE.

We’ll keep you posted about any further development in the situation.

  • CC

    It will be seen as a petty move from WWE by many, but I get why they did it. WWE and MSG are so deeply connected in the wrestling industry, that having another promotion host a show there (especially on a WM weekend), is kind of a slap in the face and takes something away from the uniqueness of only one promotion being associated with the stadium.
    Could RoH really sell enough tickets at a venue like that anyway? I think the All in show is a very different beast, so is not a fair comparison.

    As for legal action. Unless there was a formal written contract in place, I do not see what else they can do.
    A verbal deal is not binding.

  • Soulshroude

    Seattle? It’s still in the map after the “grundge days” of the 90’s!?

  • Soulshroude

    Money talks…