As reported by CNBC’s Darren Rovell, WWE’s Monday Night Raw will go live next Monday from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Rovell says that no money changed hands but I would find that hard to believe because Denver wrestling fans have been jilted and the WWE has to sell tickets for the show. The WWE had also entertained an offer from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Kroenke Sports, which owns the Pepsi Center and the Denver Nuggets, said that there was a deal reached in principle on Tuesday which would see Raw taped at the Pepsi Center on Sunday night. Shane McMahon said that the offer came too late so the WWE chose to go to the Staples Center instead. One advantage of going to L.A. is that the Staples Center is free for Tuesday night as well. It would appear that, though it hasn’t been explicitly stated, the SmackDown taping previously scheduled for Colorado Springs will also be in L.A. All is not lost for Denver wrestling fans. The WWE plans on returning for an event on August 7 at the Denver Coliseum. As that is a Friday, it is likely to be a non-televised, house show event.
Vince McMahon isn’t going to let this incident go quietly though. He says that he will confront Stan Kroenke in the the ring on Monday. Given his history, Mr. McMahon will confront an unflattering look-alike of Kroenke and either layeth the smacketh down or have one of the other wrestlers do it for him. There will also be a five-on-five tag-team match scheduled for Monday night’s show. It will feature the team of Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, The Miz, and The Big Show squaring off against the team of MVP, Batista, John Cena, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and an unnamed fifth man.
Check back in next Monday when I live-ish blog the show. I say “live-ish” because Raw is on a 15 minute delay in Canada.