Earlier this week, news broke from Sinclair Broadcasting Group CEO Chris Ripley that Ring Of Honor has plans to run in Madison Square Garen in 2019. The plan is to run on the Saturday before WrestleMania. It makes the most sense since none of the Mania weekend events will be held at MSG and all of WWE’s secondary shows that weekend (HOF, NXT, Raw, Smackdown) will all take place at the Barclays Center.
ROH’s Joe Koff said that the idea is in discussion. However, the show may not happen if WWE gets their way. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported on Thursday that there are things going on behind-the-scenes with WWE involved and they are doing everything possible to prevent ROH from running in MSG. No other wrestling promotion has been able to run events in that venue. WCW tried but WWE got their way. It is also worth noting that WWE had leverage back then because they used to run shows at MSG all the time. These days, they don’t tape TV there because of the costs associated and they only do live events there a couple of times per year.
The only thing known right now is that WWE is trying to block ROH and there are behind-the-scenes games being played so it’s too early to know how things will play out.
AAA also has plans to run in MSG. As of now, they have 9/16 booked as a tentative date but there is no guarantee that the show will happen. They also have The Forum in Los Angeles booked as a tentative date.
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