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How WWE officials will react to Ring of Honor running a show from Madison Square Garden

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For over three decades, WWE has considered New York's Madison Square Garden a home. 

In fact, the company has such strong ties with the arena, that no other wrestling promotion has been able to run show from MSG since the 1920s.

The Garden has hosted a number of the biggest pay-per-views, including WrestleMania 1, Survivor Series and countless SummerSlams.

However, WWE has not recently been holding televised events at MSG - but did return for a live event back in March.

POSSIBLY LOSING MSG

With the company deciding against broadcasting live from the arena - in favour of bigger venues, their hold on MSG has slipped in recent times.  

To make things worse for Vince McMahon, Ring of Honor has apparently been in talks over the possibility of running a show from Madison Square Garden in 2019. 

Should a rival promotion strike a deal to perform in front of 18,000 people at the historic arena, it would be a huge blow to WWE. 

But after the recent rocky business relationship that the two sides have been working under since WWE severed ties with MSG in 2005 - it wouldn't be a massive surprise. 

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WWE'S REACTION TO THE POSSIBILITY OF LOSING IT

With the possibility of losing The Garden for the first time in almost 100 years becoming a reality, you would expect WWE to have a strong reaction. 

And according to Mike Johnson of PWInsider, the scale of the issue has only just dawned on the company. 

"I hear that WWE is very upset about the idea of Ring of Honor and AAA running that building," he notes, per NoDQ.com

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"Apparently it just dawned on them that, 'Oh my god, someone else is going to run Madison Square Garden” for the first time since the 1920s.'"

GOOD PUBLICITY FOR ROH

Interestingly, he also explains that WWE didn't expect that the venue would be open to ROH running a show there - but suggests that they could still try and block a deal. 

And if they do, even that would be great publicity for ROH, meaning that WWE are in a bit of a catch 22 situation. 

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"I really believe that WWE didn’t believe that The Garden would call them on their stuff.

"Maybe they shouldn’t have announced it this far out because if WWE does decide to try to throw the hammer down, it’s quite possible that we could be looking at Sinclair Broadcasting vs. WWE over the rights to run MSG.

"Let’s say something happens, right? And WWE prevents Sinclair from running and Sinclair makes a big stink out of this - either way it’s great publicity for Ring of Honor."

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