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ROH News: Ring Of Honor No Longer Heading To Madison Square Garden In 2019

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Coming on the heels of news that Madison Square Garden management has been displeased with their long-standing relationship with WWE over the past couple of years (you can find that here), we’ve noted how ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena’ has been reaching out to other wrestling promotions about running the venue.

Last week, Sinclair Broadcasting (the parent company of Ring Of Honor) CEO Chris Ripley revealed that they were looking to secure the building for an event in 2019 (check that out here). The speculation was that it could be for a possible All In 2 show, as well as having it take place during WrestleMania 35 weekend. As we know, WrestleMania 35 will be coming to the area at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey with all of the WrestleMania week events taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Today, Mike Johnson of PWInsider spoke with ROH COO Joe Koff to promote the upcoming Best In The World pay-per-view on June 29th and asked about them running Madison Square Garden:

“You know, I’m going to tell you Mike because you are asking.  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.  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.”

When asked if there was still a possibility of running the venue at all, Koff responded with the following:

“There is no date and the discussion is going to end here on that.”

Currently, the Mexico-based promotion AAA still is looking to get into MSG in September and there’s no word yet on if that is also no longer going to take place.

EA’s Take: Not even remotely surprised. I’m sure this will lead to hatred towards WWE, but quite honestly, the bottom line is that’s the agreement that Madison Square Garden reached with them. I’d love to know the exact details of it and I’m assuming there has to be something in writing for WWE to be able to do it. Either that or WWE made a commitment to start running there for television again. Our own Greg DeMarco speculated that perhaps NXT TakeOver over WrestleMania weekend gets shifted to The Garden. If that’s the case and I’m MSG management, I’d be more than happy to do that over ROH because you know for a fact that TakeOver will sell the place out. It still remained to be seen if ROH could pull that off.

 

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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/19/19)

Start your Tuesday off with commentary on DX in the Hall Of Fame, Lacey Evans, heat for Lio Rush, and more!

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Jason shuffles into Tuesday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on DX, Lacey Evans, heat for Lio Rush, and more!

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Why Becky Lynch Won The Royal Rumble

Many fans have been questioning why Becky Lynch won the Royal Rumble if the goal was to have Charlotte inserted in to storyline with Ronda Rousey. The current storyline between the three would have made more sense had Charlotte won. Dave Meltzer stated on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that Vince McMahon was insistent that Becky Lynch win the Royal Rumble.

Are You Ready?

It was announced earlier today that the first members of the WWE Hall Of Fame Class of 2019 will be none other than D-Generation X. Xpac, Shawn Michaels, HHH, The New Age Outlaws and Chyna will all be a part of the induction.

Big Plans For Lacey Evans?

Since debuting on the main roster and participating in the Royal Rumble, fans have wondered what creatives plans are for Lacey Evans. According to Dave Meltzer and the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Lacey Evans is in for a gigantic push, and there are many backstage officials that are very high on her.

Lio Rush Has Heat ?

Sunday nights finish to the Intercontinental title match between Finn Balor and Bobby Lashley has people scratching their heads. Perhaps there is reason to the breakup of Lashley and his hype man Lio Rush. According to PWI Insider Elite, Rush has heat backstage.

“It appears as if Lio Rush is done with Bobby Lashley. I can tell you behind the scenes there were not a lot of people surprised at that and not a lot of people surprised that Lio took the pin.”

“There are times Lio has a reputation for rubbing people — including other workers the wrong way. Whether that was being held against him and that was part of the reasoning for him losing or whether it was just a decision to protect Lashley and shift the belt to Finn Balor, I guess we’ll have to see based on how Lio is presented in the weeks and months to come.”

Jason’s Thoughts On Today’s News

DX is getting a well deserved Hall Of Fame Induction, but I have mixed feelings on it. This feels like an easy way out for WWE to have Chyna included into the HOF, rather than have her inducted as an individual. Also, I am probably in the minority on this, but there are others more deserving to be in before DX. I personally would have went with the NWO, but I am a mark for the NWO, so that’s just me.

Lacey Evans has the look, and her mic skills aren’t bad, however, she is green as grass. It will be interesting to see what type of program they come up with for her. A clash with Alexa Bliss perhaps?

 

 


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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/18/19)

Start your Monday off with comments on news regarding Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch and more!

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Jason shuffles into Monday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch, and more!

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More On IMPACT Offer To Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho was recently a guest on Wrestling Observer Radio, and during the broadcast he discussed the offer that IMPACT wrestling made to him a few months ago: (credit to Fightful for the transcription below)

“In my mind, from a pure business standpoint, I’m worth as much as Brock Lesnar to WWE as far as what I bring to the table. That’s the watermark that I had. For me to go back to Vince, I want that kind of a deal. When I was starting to talk with Tony (Khan) and New Japan and Impact as well– Impact offered me a hell of a deal for a four match series. We’re talking mid-seven figures. They have some cash as well.”

AEW Double Or Nothing Ticket Sale Notes

Cody Rhodes took to Twitter a few days ago and provided some interesting stats on ticket sales for AEW Double Or Nothing:

Why The Women Didn’t Headline Elimination Chamber

Initially, it was thought that the historic Women’s Tag Team Championship match would headline the Elimination Chamber pay per view, however, according to Fightful, Vince McMahon made the change to swap the match out with the men’s Elimination Chamber match. McMahon felt the women’s match would get the reaction desired to close out the show.

Becky Lynch Re-Injures Knee At Live Event

While it appears to be only in storyline, Becky Lynch appeared to re-injure her knee after attempting to attach Charlotte Flair at a house show Saturday evening.

 


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