Say what you will about Vince McMahon (and many people have), but the guy is a marketing genius. When it turned out that the WWE & the Denver Nuggets were both booked for the Pepsi Center this Monday, McMahon let loose in verbally vilifying Stan Kroenke, saying how the Nuggets owner “did not have enough faith in his own team” to leave an open date for a possible playoff game, and how he should be “arrested for impersonating a good businessman.”
(Watch your back, Stan - Vince is ready to cut you down! And he even brought his own clippers!)
But even with a guaranteed sellout, the WWE was told in the end to hit the road. So Vince has moved his “Monday Night Raw” to L.A.’s Staples Center. Still furious with the eviction, McMahon has challenged Kroenke to a steel cage match on ESPN (which would complement well with the AWA reruns ESPN Classic has been showing). Obviously, Stan has declined, with a team spokesman adding, “We’re preparing for basketball games. Whatever (McMahon) does from here is of no concern.”
Well, you may have won the battle, Kroenke, but you haven’t won the war.
Marc Graser of VARIETY reports how McMahon continues to turn this scheduling snafu into interesting storylines. Since Stan won’t be showing up, Vince has already crafted a Plan B:
Since the Nuggets owner passed, McMahon will face off against a Kroenke impersonator and have 10 wrestlers dress up as Nuggets and Lakers players in a “5 on 5″ playoff bout.
The irony here is that Staples Center is the home of the Lakers, who are making the trek to Denver to face off against the Nuggets.
Brilliant! Now, I’m not suggesting that pro wrestling matches are predetermined, but since the show is at the home of the Lakers - who will be in Denver that very night to face those evil Nuggets - I predict the “playoff bout” ends with John Cena (in a Kobe Bryant jersey) finishing off the Big Show (in a XXXL Carmelo Anthony jersey) with an F/U powerslam.
Vince can even throw in a LaLa Vasquez impersonator who tries to interfere in the match.