ROH and NJPW made history when they sold out their upcoming dual branded supercard at Madison Square Garden on April 19 2019, which will be the first non-WWE wrestling event in the main building since the 1960s.
On his Something To Wrestling podcast, Prichard – who worked closely with Vince McMahon for decades and knows him better than most – had this to say about the WWE chief’s likely response to the news:
“I think there is a big part of him that is probably hurt pretty bad, just thinking about the tradition of his grandfather and his father promoting in The Garden.
But at the same time, the Vince McMahon of today has grown a lot too and sees it as, alright, it is a part of growing. It is a part of progression and we will have a new home and move on.”
WWE has not held a major event at the world’s most famous arena since a Network special built around Brock Lesnar almost three years ago in October 2015, due to the reportedly high costs of running a filmed event in the venue.
Previously the Garden had played host to some of WWE’s most memorable matches, cards and moments, with the likes of WrestleMania (1985, 1994 and 2004), SummerSlam (1988, 1998) and Survivor Series (1996) held in the building, as well as the historic episode of Raw where Steve Austin stunned Vince McMahon for the first time.
WrestleTalk would like to thank Wrestling Inc. for providing the transcription of the Prichard comments.