WWE moving Monday show from Denver to L.A.
Vince McMahon claims he’s being thrown out. His opponent insists McMahon is the double-crosser.
World Wrestling Entertainment is moving its Monday show to Los Angeles because of a conflict with the Pepsi Center in Denver, which had booked two events for the same night.
The Nuggets are scheduled to play host to the Lakers on Monday in Game 4 of the Western finals, but WWE had previously secured the arena for an episode of Monday Night Raw.
McMahon criticized Kroenke Sports, which owns the Nuggets and Pepsi Center, for not being more helpful when the conflict arose.
“They bumped us right out of the building, hardly an apology,” McMahon said. “They didn’t do anything for us at all, and the media was talking about someone has to write a check. They didn’t want to write anything, and they wanted to give us a Sunday night. And the name of the show is Monday Night Raw.”
Kroenke Sports claims McMahon had previously agreed to a deal to shift the event to Sunday.
“We negotiated in good faith with Vince and believed we had a deal in principal as of Tuesday,” Kroenke Sports executive vice president Paul Andrews said. “In fact, it was so clear to us that we asked Vince to do a joint press release. He said, ‘Paul, I have no problem with a joint press release.’ Then, he asked us if he could get five tickets to the Denver Nuggets’ game on Monday night so he could apologize to Mr. Kroenke in person.
“That was Tuesday. We find out by a press announcement today by Vince, who I believe is the master of propaganda, that he’s moving the event to the Staples Center. He didn’t even contact us to tell us he hadn’t accepted the deal we negotiated the night before, so we’re quite shocked, frankly.”
WWE executive V.P. Shane McMahon said the offer came too late.
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