Coming off the recent news that management for the famed Madison Square Garden has been unhappy with their working relationship with WWE (which you can read here), the building is seeking to bring in other wrestling promotions for the first time in decades. We learned that the Mexico-based promotion AAA had a hold on the venue for an event in September (which WWE has right of refusal for), but it’s now been revealed that Ring Of Honor is getting in on the action.
Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO Chris Ripley (the parent company of Ring Of Honor) recently spoke with The Business Journal of Baltimore and revealed their plans for a show at Madison Square Garden in 2019. Additionally, Ripley commented that they’re looking at “scaling in terms of our production quality”. He would also state the reason why ROH TV has not been moved off of its Sinclair stations:
“We have not really brought it off Sinclair because the production quality is not quite there yet.”
At this time, there’s no word on if WWE no longer has right of refusal.
Quotes c/o The Business Journal of Baltimore
EA’s Take: There’s a lot to take in here, so let’s look at some other angles to it. To begin, there’s been zero word on if WWE would no longer have the right of refusal, when that agreement ends or anything along those lines, so that’s a little open to interpretation. Also, PWInsider is reporting this basically as a fact and is also teasing a possible All In 2 at MSG. Our very own Greg DeMarco also had that initial thought. Also, PWInsider does have a relationship with ROH, which you can clearly see if you ever visit their site. So you can take that as “They have inside information” or “They’re just helping promote”. Now remember, they were the ones who had the story that WWE had right of refusal, but now they’re making no mention of it. Back to All In though, we know that it’s a self-funded show by Cody and The Young Bucks, but can we still say that’s the case? It’s not out of the question that Sinclair/ROH took notice and decided to quietly get involved. Just sayin’. As I said, this presents a lot to think about with so many different angles to the story. You can get with this or you can get with that.
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