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Join Date: Dec 2013
No indy shows during WM31 week?
That was the word going around New Orleans, that WWE has clamped down and its deal in Santa Clara (and, presumably, at other Wrestlemania venues going forward) is that no other promotion can put on live wrestling shows (not sure if Wrestlecon will be allowed, or if it will have live matches if it does happen) in the city leading up to WM31.
I got this directly from someone working for ROH, who said they will have shows but they aren't sure where, that they will have to find a venue outside the sphere of whatever cities have agreed to WWE's demands of not licensing other shows. Heard the same thing elsewhere around town while doing the circuit.
The idea is that WWE feels like it is losing customers who would otherwise pay for Axxess and whatever else WWE has going on in the days leading up to its big show.
It's an absolute shame if this is how it is going to be going forward. I've been to two Wrestlemanias, and WWE got plenty of my money but half the fun was seeing these other shows -- watching the minor leagues, seeing up-and-coming talent in person that I have heard about, or a few guys on the way down who have had their day in the big leagues, and even got to see the end of a Shimmer show (let in free for the main event because we got there early for the next show, and got to see Cheerleader Melissa in person).
I'm not sure if I would go to another WM if the other shows aren't part of the week. I have no interest in paying money to stand in line to get my photo with WWE stars or get their autographs or whatever -- I know that's a big deal to a lot of people, but it's not my bag.
I would presume that other promotions will stage shows as close as they can, and I'm not sure if WWE got other surrounding cities to agree to the deal (they have a lot of power in choosing where to put WM, it's a huge economic boost to the host city, and if they say 'We're not coming if you don't get every city within 30 miles to agree' or whatever, they can probably pressure the local politicians to get it done), but to me it just wouldn't be worth it if the other shows aren't part of the experience.
Does anyone know anything about this, has anyone heard this?
Release the hounds!