Usually, if you own a basketball or hockey team that has a legitimate shot at reaching a deep round of the playoffs, you don’t rent out your home arena. Evidently Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke wasn’t too sold on this year’s Denver team, because his basketball team is currently embroiled in a battle of smack talk over who will get the Pepsi Center next Monday night, as both WWE’s “Monday Night RAW” and Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals are scheduled to be there.
(Rocky vs. The Big Show. For the arena, winner take all.)
According to the web site for Denver ABC affiliate 7NEWS, WWE’s Vince McMahon is not the least bit happy about the scheduling snafu, which threatens to send his weekly event to a smaller venue, or outside of Denver altogether, if the NBA doesn’t step in and move the date of Game 4, an outcome which is extremely unlikely at best.
While the Pepsi Center is doing its best to maintain an pseudo-objective front in the middle of the controversy, it’s pretty clear that the Nuggets are going to win out in the scheduling battle. In the list of events on the arena’s web site, WWE’s slot on May 25th is currently listed as “TBD”, while Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals is scheduled to start right on time at 7 p.m.
Put everything together, and it’s awfully clear that the WWE is going to be bumped. The one upside of that is a significantly increased chance of McMahon cold-clocking someone in abject rage. Hey, that’s entertaining, right?
“Even though the Denver Nuggets had a strong team this year and were projected to make the playoffs, obviously Nuggets and Pepsi Center owner Stan Kroenke did not have enough faith in his own team to hold the May 25th date for a potential playoff game,” McMahon said in a statement.
See, that was a statement. Imagine him delivering that edict in person to Kroenke’s face! Bam! The WWE is in heady times, what with challening the NBA playoffs and using Cubs slugger Alfonso Soriano as the butt of a joke in a live telecast. Not that we’ve got a problem with that. Personally, we think all the squabbles should be ironed out with chairs and a ring bound by thick elastic ropes.