Tuesday, May 19, 2009

WWE vs. The NBA?

Who thought that during playoff season in the NBA, the biggest head-to-head matchup wouldn't be Lebron vs. Dwight Howard?
However, that's the case. In fact, the matchup making the most headlines right now is .... Vince McMahon vs. Stan Kroenke?
Let me explain. The WWE takes it's show on the road 52 weeks a year. When the WWE takes over an arena...they completely take over an arena. I've witnessed it firsthand.
The issue here is that next Monday night, WWE Monday Night Raw is scheduled to take place at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
That's all well and good, but look at the schedule a little closer...Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals is also scheduled for the same night.
RAW is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and the basketball game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. We all know that a wrestling event does not take a half hour.
The things that happen on screen for the WWE are merely the culmination of an entire day, completely transforming the arena from a hockey, or basketball venue, into something that will showcase the best the WWE has to offer.
I worked for the WWE last year when they came to Albany, NY.
Hate it or love it, it's incredibly well-run. From Vince McMahon on down, everyone knows their role and performs it effectively.
Vince McMahon, who has never passed up a chance to showcase himself or his product, has come out and exclaimed that Kroenke should be "arrested" for impersonating a businessman, because he didn't have faith in his team making it to the Western Conference finals.
McMahon has even challenged Kroenke to a "steel-cage match."
So who will win out in this argument?
And would you pay to see Vince McMahon climb into the ring with this Stan Kroenke guy?
We've had the XFL in the past, is it time for the XBA?

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