WWE EVP Triple H has been named as the person who personally called Madison Square Garden to get the arena to cancel a booking for the G1 Supercard show in 2019.
In the summer of 2018, New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring Of Honor were at their hottest in terms of popularity in years, thanks chiefly to the exploits of The Elite. It was then the company’s announced a joint show would take place on the same weekend as WrestleMania 35 and would emanate from the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.
The Garden had long been seen as the spiritual home of WWE but in recent years the company had moved the majority of its New York shows to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Still, the move surprised some onlookers with many taking the act of booking The Garden as a direct shot at WWE. Fans were clearly excited though as 60% of tickets sold out during the pre-sale and the remaining tickets sold out in just 16 minutes.
But things weren’t plain sailing for ROH and NJPW as they did face the obstacle of WWE allegedly trying to get Madison Square Garden to cancel the booking. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has now reported it was Triple H [Paul Levesque] himself that picked up the phone to demand it:
“Has WWE worked to keep different wrestling companies out of venues that they run? Absolutely. That’s happened since the beginning of time. It’s one of the reasons why there’s only been two shows scheduled, I believe, for Madison Square Garden – one of them ended up being moved to the Felt Forum which was the AAA show – that they weren’t able to block.”
“They did – the Ring Of Honor and New Japan show a couple of years ago, they sold out on the first day and [WWE] did get that blocked. Paul Levesque called up Madison Square Garden and said ‘we don’t want you booking that show.'”
According to Meltzer, MSG did try and cancel the booking but Sinclair Broadcasting which owns Ring Of Honor threatened the arena with a lawsuit:
“And [MSG] cancelled. Sinclair threatened to sue Madison Square Garden and Madison Square Garden – because they said that they had a deal for the date. So Madison Square Garden backed off and told WWE that ‘we’re giving them the date.’ And they went and sold out which WWE has not been doing in Madison Square Garden.”
Despite this particular incident happening several years ago, it is back in the news because of Major League Wrestling’s decision to lodge an anti-trust lawsuit against WWE, which alleges WWE tried to disrupt MLW’s business in various ways.
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