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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: New Intercontinental Champion Crowned Tonight On RAW

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The night after Wrestlemania we had Day one of the Superstar Shakeup which saw Dolph Ziggler come from Smackdown Live back over to Monday Night RAW. Dolph didn’t come to the red brand alone as introduced former NXT Champion Drew McIntyre and they laid waste to Titus Worldwide. Since that night Dolph and Drew have become an unstoppable force and have only ran into one hiccup and that was when they lost a tag team battle royal a couple of weeks agao on RAW.

Seth Rollins has been on a roll like no other and it all beagin when Seth set a record in a Gauntlet match a couple of months ago on RAW. Rollins would continue that roll as he put on stellar matches against Finn Balor leading into Wrestlemania. It was at Wrestlemania that Seth would win the Intercontinental Championship in a triple threat match against both Finn Balor and The Miz. Since winning the title Seth would go on to become the definition of a fighting champion by defending the title all over the globe. Seth would even hold weekly open challenges on RAW.

Whenever you see a champion issue weekly open challenges it’s only a matter a time before it comes back to bite them in the butt and that’s exactly what happened tonight. In the first match of the night Seth came out and issued an open challenge for his Intercontinental Championship which lead to both Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre coming out. It would Dolph who would answer the challenge with Drew hanging out around ringside supporting Dolph.

In a shocking turn of events Dolph would counter a roll up attempt from Seth to shock the WWE Universe and win the Intercontinental Championship for the sixth time in his career.

Ja’Von’s Take: I’m a fan of both guys and each of them have brought prestige back to the workhorse title. After Seth retained the title against Elias last night after grabbing a hand full of his pants I thought that the feud between them would continue but as we saw tonight that is not the case. Seth dropping the title to Dolph tonight came a complete shock to me and everyone else as we saw the crowd’s reactions after the match. Could Dolph winning the title tonight lead to a new version of Shawn Michaels and Diesel? Could this lead to a Dolph Ziggler/Seth Rollins feud?

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Sid Vicious On Prime Time With Sean Mooney, Talks WrestleMania VIII & More

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On the latest edition of former WWE announcer Sean Mooney’s podcast, Prime Time With Sean Mooney, former WWE and WCW Champion Sid Vicious was the special guest and had some very interesting comments regarding his run with the then-WWF back in 1991-92, including his main event match at WrestleMania VIII against ‘The Immortal’ Hulk Hogan.

According to Sid, he was not even aware of his first WrestleMania match (which you can also listen to in the clip above):

“You know Sean—and this is not an exaggeration—I don’t even remember my first WrestleMania. I didn’t realize it was WrestleMania and I’m not kidding you. I didn’t look at the booking sheet, I didn’t care who I was working with; I didn’t care. It was a business to me. I didn’t care if I won or lost, I just wanted to get paid. After my first WrestleMania, someone said to me ‘you know you’re main eventing WrestleMania?’ And I said, ‘No? Was I?’ I remember the Hoosier Dome, but I didn’t realize that was WrestleMania. I do remember doing the interviews for it, and having that Southern accent—I guess I was saying Wrestling Mania or saying it the wrong way—but there was a big sign that said ‘Tell Sid to just say ‘Mania’. At that point, Vince was already upset with me because I had already given my notice to quit. The reason was is because in that situation and in that company, I was in the wrong situation at the wrong time.”

Sid also addressed Hulk Hogan’s infamous comeback during matches, comparing it to The Three Stooges:

“This is the thing with that, Sean, is that particular era, that month of year of the business…Sean, you know this business…Hogan was already on the downhill skids. He wasn’t getting cheered. You know that ‘Three Stooges’ comeback wasn’t working anymore. You know that was his comeback, right? He copied that from Curly on the Three Stooges. Are you not aware of that? He presented it to me like that. I’ll never forget it; I thought I have to have a heel match, and goes, ‘No brother, this is going to be easy.’ He said, ‘You just beat me up a little bit and all of a sudden I’ll just do the shake and slap my face a couple times, like Curly does. You throw a punch, I’ll block it, you hit me, I’ll hit you. We’ll do that a couple times.’ And that’s how easy it was. It didn’t make for a good match, but it worked for him. When you’re doing that kind of match after that long of a time, people are going to shit on it, right They’re going to get tired of it—business was I wasn’t any better than Hogan—he’d had his run and we needed someone new.”

 

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*SPOILERS* Results From Day One Of WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament

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As noted earlier, the start of this year’s newest WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament was today at Royal Albert Hall in London, England, featuring match-ups in the Quarterfinals through the Finals with the winner getting a shot at United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne tomorrow. It also saw a huge announcement regarding the future of the United Kingdom Division, which will now be branded as NXT UK (which you can read here).

In addition to all the tournament action, today also saw a Fatal 4-Way #1 Contender’s Match for the NXT Women’s Title, an appearance by WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels and a 6-Man Tag Team match pitting Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate and Trent Seven against The Undisputed Era. Below are the results. You can watch all the day one action next Monday at 3PM EST on the WWE Network:

  • UKCT Quarterfinals: Zack Gibson defeated Gentleman Jack Gallagher
  • UKCT Quarterfinals: Joe Coffey defeated Dave Mastiff
  • UKCT Quarterfinals: Flash Morgan Webster defeated Jordan Devlin
  • UKCT Quarterfinals: Travis Banks defeated Ashton Smith
  • NXT Women’s Title #1 Contender Fatal 4-Way: Toni Storm defeated Killer Kelly, Isla Dawn & Jinny
  • UKCT Semi-Finals: Zack Gibson defeated Flash Morgan Webster
  • UKCT Semi-Finals: Travis Banks defeated Joe Coffey
  • Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate & Trent Seven defeated The Undisputed Era
  • UKCT Finals: Zack Gibson defeated Travis Banks

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