WWE is the largest pro wrestling company on the planet for a reason. Vince McMahon built the company his father sold to him into a powerhouse that pays close attention to their competition.
Mike Johnson was asked on PW Insider Elite audio if it is a coincidence that WWE runs cities so close to the date that other companies plan on holding shows. The answer was quite obvious because of course WWE knows what is going on in the business they have dominated for decades.
“If you don’t think that WWE monitors when someone’s gonna run a new town and magically has NXT booked in that town within the same month as a House Of Hardcore, Impact or whoever is running then you haven’t been paying attention to the game. They are extremely competitive. They’ll say things like, ‘Oh well we’re just doing things within the confines of our business and you know these routings were set up well in advance.”
“They pay attention to everything and they are looking to make sure whatever small slice of he pie that potential competitors are trying to get that it is smashed out and destroyed.”
“There is a reason why WrestleCon and others are having problems finding venues to run in Tampa. There is a reason why WWE is running the first RAW in a decade at Madison Square Garden days before AAA running the Lucha Libra invades New York event in MSG.”
“There is a reason why WWE has a RAW in Dallas four or five days before New Japan runs Dallas and Impact runs Dallas — of course! Of course they’re intentionally doing this!”
WWE will continue with their practices because this works for them. It also potentially floods a marked for a short period so WWE won’t need to come back around until they have a reason to.
Say what you will about the companies’ practices in booking events around other promotions in an attempt to squash them out. If you really want to make a statement then fans can buy the ticket for the indie show and ignore WWE when they come to town.
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