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The Denver Nuggets' Cinderella run to the Western Conference finals caught their owner, Stan Kroenke, by surprise. It has also forced WWE's "Monday Night Raw" out of the Pepsi Center in Denver to make room for Game 4 between Denver and the LA Lakers on Memorial Day. WWE responded by moving the May 26 ECW/Smackdown card out of the World Arena in Colorado Springs---even though it was still advertised for Colorado Springs during the 5/19 ECW broadcast---and moving all of their television for May 25-29 to, in the mother of all ironies, Los Angeles, and the Lakers' home arena, the Staples Center.

So who, really, was in the wrong?

WWE had a contract signed last August, reserving May 25 for Raw. Nine months in advance. Most NBA teams, including the Lakers, usually reserve their arenas up through the end of the playoffs in June. The Nuggets haven't gotten this far in the post-season, as ESPN reminds us, since 1985, when their star players were Dan Issel and Alex English. Kroenke also owns the Pepsi Center, and had so little faith in his own team, that he allowed the WWE to take the Memorial Day booking.

When it was reported that the NBA was leaving it up to WWE & Kroenke to settle their dispute, that to me spelled trouble. Kroenke decided to play the priority card, as in, the playoffs are more important---and conceivably can generate more revenue----than a traveling wrestling promotion whose vindictive owner might not be willing to bring the television cameras back to Denver for a while to come.

Denver fans now have to wait until August before WWE reaches the Mile High city, but it's for a house show, not a television taping. Colorado Springs? They've fallen victim to Vince McMahon's penchant for petty, vindictive tactics. McMahon appeared on ESPN, interviewed by a former employee of his, Jonathan Coachman, in another ironic twist, on May 18, and offered Kroenke a Lakers jersey. Typical Vince, using his in-ring persona in the real world. The WWE & the Nuggets must've reached some sort of settlement that allows WWE to move to LA for the final week of May, but both sides end up looking bad as a result.

So I ask again. Who's wrong?

Kroenke is, for not reaching a suitable compromise that would've allowed WWE to honor their contract. That led to WWE being wrong for turning around and dishonoring their contract with the World Arena in Colorado Springs just because Kroenke wronged them. To paraphrase a popular baseball cliche, it's just Vince being Vince. And, thus, no one really wins, except for Los Angeles. What a shock.
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