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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: Shinsuke Nakamura Comments On His Future With WWE

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After it was noted recently that the contracts of WWE Superstars AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and Shinsuke Nakamura will all be expiring in early-2019 (read that here), many fans have believed that if any of the four were to not re-sign with the company, Nakamura would be the most likely candidate with his deal coming up in January.

Of course, Shinsuke’s home country is Japan, which fueled the thought that the current WWE United States Champion could be looking to return to New Japan Pro Wrestling next year. Yesterday, Nakamura spoke with Sky Sports and commented on the talk that his time here in the USA was not long-term:

“Who said that? Moving to the U.S. is a big decision for my family. It’s a long-term thing. Rumors say, ‘Shinsuke Nakamura’s contract expires [and] New Japan— ,’ okay. New Japan didn’t make contact with me.”

Shinsuke was then asked if he would be looking to spend more time in the United States:

“Probably, but depends on [money].”

Quotes c/o WrestlingInc

EA’s Take: I still believe that of the four, Shinsuke is still the most likely to leave. While I can’t imagine what it’s like to move to another country, especially on the other side of the world, I have moved across country from my home state before and there’s definitely an element on home-sickness. At the same time, I was a young, single (still am), guy with no kids (also still am), so there were a lot less factors to consider for me. Plus, the reason I made that move was for money. Although, I’m pretty sure WWE would step up to the plate to keep him around, especially considering his work since turning heel has been arguably the best of his WWE tenure.

 

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WWE News: Final Card For Tonight’s NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, Live Coverage

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The day has finally arrived as SummerSlam weekend is finally here and tonight, the Superstars of WWE’s NXT take center stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for their fourth trip to the arena to present NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV.

Every NXT Title will be on the line tonight and the excitement for what kind of surprises we may see is certainly high, on top of all the anticipation for what many members of the WWE Universe feel will be the better show this weekend. Here’s a look at the final card for the show which as always, will be preceded by tapings for next week’s episode of NXT on the WWE Network. Don’t forget to catch Mitchell’s Live Coverage tonight beginning at 8PM EST and live reactions from various members of The Chairshot staff on Twitter (@theCHAIRSHOTcom):

Last Man Standing for the NXT Championship
(C) Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano

NXT Women’s Championship
(C) Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Sane

NXT North American Championship
(C) Adam Cole vs. Ricochet

NXT Tag Team Championship
(C) The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong vs.
Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate)

The Velveteen Dream vs. EC3

 

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WWE News: NXT Live Event Results From Asbury Park, New Jersey (8/17/18)

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Before heading to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York tonight for NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV, there was just one small piece of business remaining for the Superstars of WWE’s NXT. Following a Live Event in Lowell, Massachusetts on Thursday evening (find results here), last night they were in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Fans who attended got treated to a preview of tonight’s TakeOver as Shayna Baszler defended her NXT Women’s Title against Kairi Sane, plus EC3 challenged Adam Cole for the NXT North American Title, while Pete Dunne put his WWE United Kingdom Championship on the line in the main event. Below are the results:

  • War Raiders defeated Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan
  • Zack Gibson defeated Dominik Dijakovic
  • Dakota Kai & Deonna Purrazzo defeated Bianca Belair & Lacey Evans
  • Johnny Gargano defeated Lars Sullivan by DQ, Sullivan left Gargano laying and Tommaso Ciampa came out to taunt him, but Gargano clocked him with a superkick
  • NXT North American Title: Adam Cole retained over EC3
  • WWE United Kingdom Title: Pete Dunne retained over The Velveteen Dream

Results c/o PWInsider

 

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