It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 48th of 2021. Today Brian takes a look at the once huge market that the McMahon family monopolized for years, that no longer seems to be in their control anymore and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
Vince McMahon and WWE No Longer the Kings of New York?
As Frank Sinatra once sang…”If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere,” that is certainly true when it comes to New York. For decades and decades, the McMahon family made their names and much of their money in NYC. Starting in the old days of the territories, the McMahon’s were located in one of the most prime pieces of real estates operating out of the ‘Big Apple.’ It was there, where wrestlers usually made the most money and received the most exposure.
When Vince Jr expanded the WWF into what would eventually be known as WWE, he did it using New York City and Madison Square Garden as the promotion’s hub. Most of the biggest events, segments and debuts occurred under the bright lights of NYC. The WWF/WWE always called New York home starting a restaurant in Times Square, having Wrestlemania begin in MSG and even having their own float in the Thanksgiving Day Parade. While the territories all dissolved and wrestling became national and global….New York was still McMahon territory.
That is up until the last few years. As I’ve written before, WWE has used Madison Square Garden less and less. It is no longer the place to be for huge WWE events as it always once was. McMahon outgrew the “world’s most famous arena for bigger and grander stages like baseball and football stadiums. He basically ignored places like the Garden much to the benefit of other organizations like Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Vince will still hold events in MSG…but it certainly isn’t like it used to be. The Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn and the new UBS Arena on the border of Queens and Long Island have also hosted WWE shows. The thing is, they are no longer guaranteed sell outs or close to it as they once were. It was reported that All Elite Wrestling actually outsold WWE tickets for their own event at the brand new UBS Arena which not long ago seemed unheard of.
In fact, AEW has really made great strides in the coveted New York City market having a huge turn out at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens over the Summer. The thing is, New York fans are considered more like “smart marks” like in other places like Chicago. There is a big difference from being a wrestling fan than a WWE fan. It’s why ECW was able to really have success there during their existence. They want more wrestling than mystery capers surrounding a golden egg.
Perhaps, Vince became too comfortable and complacent about the New York market and how fans there really view pro wrestling as opposed to sports entertainment. From my view, NYC is no longer a WWE town…certainly not like it used to be.
A cool drawing of the Hulkster
Speaking of Hulk Hogan, he recently took a picture of his weight loss.
An awesome painting of Papa Shango.
Candid photo of the late Sensational Sherri and the Anvil Jim Neidhart
Edge and a luchador…which is which?
Before and After…APA edition.
What Randy Orton would look like with long hair.
NXT’s Kay Lee Ray
Tylene Buck formerly known as Major Gunns in WCW
Melissa Santos (AEW Brian Cage’s wife)
The Top 10 Moves of the Late, Great ‘Handsome’ Harley Race
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