While fans at Denver's Pepsi Center are watching slam dunks on Monday, fans at Los Angeles' Staples Center will be treated to an evening of body slams.
The scheduling conflict at the Pepsi Center, in which Raw and Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals were booked for the same night, has been resolved, with Raw moving its show to the Staples Center, wwe.com announced. The Smackdown/ECW tapings originally scheduled for Colorado Springs on Tuesday also have been moved to the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Times reported.
It's pretty interesting how it worked out, with the home of the Lakers – the Nuggets' oppo -–coming to WWE's rescue. If I was a wrestling fan in Colorado, I sure wouldn't be too happy right now.
I'm sure WWE is thrilled with all the publicity it has received from the situation, but it has to be a major inconvenience to have to refund tickets in Denver and Colorado Springs and then put tickets on sale for back-to-back shows in L.A. that are less than a week away. I'll be curious to see what kind of crowd WWE gets in L.A.
Predictably, WWE isn't going to take the high road. WWE chairman Vince McMahon told the Associated Press that he will likely confront a character that is supposed to be Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Nuggets and the Pepsi Center, on Raw.
Personally, I would love to have seen WWE show up in Denver as planned for Raw Monday. The company had a signed contract and had the rights to the building for the night. What could the NBA have really done about it when the WWE trucks rolled into the Pepsi Center lot, as McMahon had threatened on ESPN News?