ROH GM comments on talents possibly going to WWE Submitted by Aaron Rift on 08/09/2018 at 11:17 PM
In an interview with CBSLocal.com, ROH General Manager Greg Gilleland talked about the ROH/NJPW show at Madison Square Garden and here are a few highlights...
When did the idea to run The Garden first come about? Is this something that you guys had been kicking around for a while?
"Itís not like it was something that we had in mind for years, but itís definitely something that weíve always kind of joked about. The general notion was just that we couldnít even get in there. You know what I mean? Gary Juster, who used to promote for WCW, and I would always have these conversations. Itís funny because he would say, ďI guess Iíll never run The Garden in my lifetime.Ē It became one of those never say never things. In February, when we were looking for venues in New York, obviously we saw the Hammerstein, with pretty much any show that we bring there. So it almost doesnít make sense to go there for SuperCard weekend.
We began looking at bigger venues and one of them was the theater at Madison Square Garden. And, even that, seems Ö was smaller than UNO [Lakefront Arena], which we ran last year in New Orleans, and we drew 6,200. So we could run the theater and draw a slightly smaller crowd, and be okay with that. Or we can try to go bigger."
Did you guys see more of an opportunity then because [WWE] was running more over at the Barclays and other arenas in New York?
"I knew they did everything at Barclays, and they have the outdoor show for WrestleMania. SoÖ thereís Prudential Center [in New Jersey], thereís The Garden, and we had a couple other back-pocket ideas. So, obviously, The Gardenís the best. The location is prime.
Now, the Garden comes with a cost, since itís probably the most expensive venue to run in the country. With that, we knew that, when you go into that, it has to be big. So that was the only factor. We felt pretty confident that presenting this show, and the ability to make history and the ability for the fans to be a part of history would overcome that factor."
Is there any concern that your top guys, Cody Rhodes, the Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, wonít be available for that show, given the fact that their deals reportedly expire at the end of the year or shortly thereafter?
"Of course, weíre going to do everything that we can to keep them. And we have fair offers and fair plans to retain them. With that said, I donít think we ever operate in fear. We always operate with solid backup plans. And we have to always think about what if this, and what if that. If they go to the WWE, and they very much deserve that opportunity, weíll continue to offer the best wrestling that we can. Thereís other talent out there. And we will continue as our brand has for the past however many years. Weíve lost top guys before...
Am I gonna make an aggressive attempt to retain them and sign longer-term agreements? Of course we are. But, at the end of the day, the ROH brand is about the ROH experience, and thatís how we continue to grow."