Earlier this week, Chris Ripley, the CEO of the Sinclair broadcast group, revealed that Ring of Honor had planned to host a show at Madison Square Garden, a venue long considered the spiritual home of WWE.
The venue hosted the birth of WrestleMania and was the promotion’s home-base in the territory days. The McMahon family’s ties with the Garden go way back to Jess McMahon, Vince McMahon grandfather. The venue is synonymous with the company.
It seemed like quite a coup for Ring of Honor to hold a show in such an iconic wrestling venue. However, seems that this plan will not come to fruition, according to Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff in an interview with PWInsider:
“I’m not going to discuss beyond this statement because I am not going to litigate this in the press. We had a deal with [Madison Square] Garden and they then told us they were backing out after communications from the WWE. We are not able to get any other dates in any kind of discussion. I’m expecting that our lawyers will be contacting all the parties involved and the best we can hope is that we can find a resolution, so we can bring the kind of energy and excitement that ROH and our partner New Japan to a bigger audience and to bigger arenas and to the fans of New York City.”
No doubt Ring of Honor fans will be disappointed with this news, and it certainly doesn’t do much to change the growing perception that WWE is trying to squash the success of independent promotions.
It is hard to feel too much sympathy for WWE in this situation, especially considering how rarely the company actually uses the venue these days. It has not held a filmed event at the Garden for two years, due to the high rates the venue charges for the privilege.
One has to wonder if it would have even been financially beneficial for Ring of Honor to hold a show in the arena in the first place.
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