Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Raw is War

Next week's Raw has no home since Denver's Pepsi Center is double-booked-- Also scheduled are the Nuggets and the Lakers in a NBA Western Conference Game 4 playoff game.

How did this happen?

As WWE Chairman Vince McMahon said, "Obviously the Nuggets and Pepsi Center Owner Stan Kroenke did not have enough faith in his own team to hold the May 25 date for a potential playoff game."

The Nuggets are in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1985.

WWE has had the date reserved since Aug. 15, 2008, and the contract was signed in April with tickets going on sale April 11. The show is sold-out and according to an interview Jonathan Coachman, now of ESPN, had with McMahon on ESPN News, the trucks are on their way to Denver.

Vince also said in that interview that Kroenke should be arrested "for impersonating a good businessman."

The NBA is staying out of thie scheduling mess.

"The Nuggets and the WWE understand that the date of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals cannot be changed," NBA senior vice president Mike Bass said on NBA.com. "We are confident that the Pepsi Center and the WWE will resolve their scheduling conflict."

The Pepsi Center's website still has both the WWE and the NBA game on its list of upcoming events for May 25, but the WWE has been updated with a start time of "TBA." The basketball game starts at 7 p.m. Raw was scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. (Denver time, of course, for both)

No matter what, the show will still go on. The Pepsi Center is trying to work something out with the WWE, and other arenas are offering to host the Memorial Day show. One arena opening its arms is the Staples Center, home of the Lakers. On NBA.com, McMahon is even quoted to saying that because of how tightly everything within the company is scheduled, they may even have Raw in a parking lot somewhere.

No matter what happens, the fans in Denver, whether they enjoy basketball or wrestling or both, are the biggest losers. The man named "the most significant person in Denver's arts and entertainment community" by the Rocky Mountain News, has made himself very significant, pissing off fans of both sports for his lack of faith in the Nuggets and his booting of the WWE.

My only question is, do Triple H and Shawn Michaels still have access to that tank?


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