WWE Reportedly Firing On All Cylinders To Prevent ROH From Running In Madison Square Garden


CEO of Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Chris Ripley announced earlier this week that Ring Of Honor (ROH) has plans to run in Madison Square Garden in 2019. ROH plans to run on the Saturday before WrestleMania 35. This makes sense since none of the WrestleMania weekend events will be held at Madison Square Garden and all of WWE’s secondary shows that weekend (Hall of Fame, NXT, Monday Night RAW and SmackDown Live) will all emanate from the Barclays Center. WrestleMania 35 will air live from the MetLife Stadium.

CEO of ROH, Joe Koff said that the idea is still in the discussion phase and the show eventually may not happen if WWE gets their way. Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported on Thursday that there are things in motion behind-the-scenes with WWE involved and they will do everything possible to prevent rival promotion ROH from running in MSG. It is to be noted that no other wrestling promotion has been able to run events in MSG till date. WCW tried hard but WWE got their way as WWE had leverage back then since they used to run shows in MSG all the time. At present, WWE doesn’t tape shows in MSG because of the costs involved and they only do Live Events in that venue a couple of times per year.

Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide also has plans to run in MSG. As of this writing, the promotion has booked September 16, 2018 as the tentative date but there is no guarantee that the show will happen which is why they have also booked The Forum in Los Angeles as a tentative date.