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WWE News: Madison Square Garden Management Unhappy With WWE

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Fresh off the heels of the announcement that The Undertaker will be making his in-ring return to Madison Square Garden for the first time in 8 years (which you can find here), it appears as if the longstanding relationship between the company and ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena’ has left one party feeling jilted.

According to PWInsider, the Mexico-based promotion AAA has a hold on MSG for an event in September, something that WWE has first right of refusal for due to their decades-long agreement with the building, however management for the Garden is said to be unhappy with WWE and might be looking to work with other promotions.

It’s being reported that WWE’s continued use of the Barclays Center in nearby Brooklyn played a role in some ill feelings cropping up, however the supposed straw that broke that camel’s back was WWE choosing Barclays for their WrestleMania 35 week events over MSG. It’s being said that this has led the Garden’s management to be more open than ever before to hosting other wrestling companies and have even “sent out feelers” to see who would be interested. This also comes after Ring Of Honor recently teased an ‘All In 2’ event at the arena.

The WWE’s relationship with Madison Square Garden has lasted since the McMahon family has run wrestling and no other company has run the venue, while some have held shows at the MSG Theater (which is adjacent to the arena).

EA’s Take: Like the clip I play on Top Of The Morning from ‘Rick & Morty’ says, “Scientifically, traditions are an idiot thing”. We all know that MSG is WWE’s home turf and very well always will be, at least in my mind, regardless of how this plays out. I’ve definitely noticed a lack of shows at the venue the past few years however. When was the last time WWE broadcast an event from the Garden? They certainly weren’t there for RAW 25. Reportedly, the cost to produce an event from MSG is too expensive, so I think that if the Garden’s management is displeased, some of this is on them as well if the cost is too high. The real question I’d have is, what other promotions can actually fill the venue, which holds over 20,000? I think New Japan certainly could come close if they had a loaded card for a special event and a speculative All In 2 could sell out if they had big enough names. Outside of that though, who?

 

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WWE News: Triple H Comments On New Performance Center Recruits

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Earlier today we told you about the new recruits to the WWE Performance center. (You can read about there here) Now, Triple H has commented on the new recruits.

Jason’s Take
This is a very interesting performance center class and it is one I am very excited about. Mia Yim is an extremely eexperienced wrestler, and should add some well needed depth to the NXT women’s division. She has taken on some of the best including Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb, and Sara Del Ray.

Chelsea Green was released from Impact earlier this year in what I thought was a head scratching move. She has the ability to work both heel or face and do it very effectively.

Matt Riddle is the obvious centerpiece of this training class. He has long been rumored to be signing with WWE and now it has finally happened. I do not see Riddle lasting in NXT for very long before moving up to the main roster.

 


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WWE News: FOX Wants Changes To Smackdown

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FOX has spent a large amount of money to acquire the rights for Smackdown in 2019. Now, in the latest addition of the Wrestling Observer newsletter, Dave Meltzer is reporting that FOX wants Smackdown to be more sports oriented and less comedy based.

The plan currently for Fox is to have a weekend sports block that begins on Thursday night with coverage of the NFL, Smackdown on Friday, NCAA Football on Saturday, and NFL on Sunday.

It will be interesting to see what direction WWE and Vince McMahon decides to take. Fans have long wanted an end to the PG Era of WWE.

Jason’s Thoughts
Even though WWE may most likely change their product, I don’t see a move towards the attitude era. The Smackdown brand has been the stronger brand as far as talent is concerned. The story lines and character development are much better than what is on RAW. It would be great to see more wrestling out of Smackdown as I feel potentially it can beat RAW in the ratings.

 


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WWE News: WWE Reportedly Eyeing Germany For Next Regional Brand

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The highly anticipated NXT UK finally premiered on the WWE Network yesterday, the next step in Triple H’s long-term plans for global development of not just NXT, but the company overall.

Previously, ‘The Game’ has spoken about his vision of opening something similar to the wrestling territory days of old, but with WWE having Performance Centers across different countries. Now that NXT UK has launched, it looks like the company has already been working on its next possible venture.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Germany is next on WWE’s agenda, as the company is currently looking into creating a product similar to NXT UK. As was noted back in late-August, the company will be holding tryouts in Cologne in November (read that here) and it’s being said the reason for doing it is to begin building for a new brand.

We’ve also noted how WWE is interested in signing Austrian star WALTER, however due to his commitments with Germany’s wXw it would only be likely should he sign a deal similar to NXT UK Superstars Pete Dunne or Tyler Bate (check that out here). Now of course, this would allow the company to sign WALTER while he’s able to be home more, which was reportedly also a sticking point. Additionally, Performance Center coach Robbie Brookside has been working with wXw of late, reportedly with the hopes of the company utilizing wXw much like they do PROGRESS in the United Kingdom with regards to putting on shows.

 

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