Next Monday's Raw is in danger of being canceled, WWE announced in a news release Monday. It seems that Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets may be elbowing Randy Orton, John Cena and company out of the Pepsi Center in Denver that night.
It sounds inconceivable that such a blunder could occur, but the arena has been double-booked. WWE reserved the date last August for Raw and more than 10,000 tickets have been sold, according to a WWE spokesperson, but Game 4 of the Western Conference final between the Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers is scheduled for the same night.
NBA and NHL franchises that are in playoff contention usually put a hold on their home arena months in advance. That's why a scheduling conflict such as this has never occurred before for WWE – at least I don't recall it ever happening.
The Pepsi Center confirmed in March with WWE that the organization wanted to keep the May 25 date, and sent a contract on April 15 — the final night of the regular season — which WWE signed and returned, the WWE spokesperson told the Associated Press.
If the woeful Washington Wizards and Verizon Center failed to plan ahead, that would be one thing. The Nuggets, however, are the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, so something like this happening is inexcusable. Understandably, WWE isn't pleased.
"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," WWE chairman Vince McMahon said in a statement.
I have a hard time believing that Raw will not take place next Monday. I'm guessing that WWE will move it to another arena, but between ticket refunds and exchanges, that sounds like a major headache. Since this situation is not WWE's fault, I think the right thing to do would be to move the NBA game to the next night, but that probably won't happen.