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WWE’s Upcoming Plan Reportedly Backfires

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On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired another LIVE episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.

It was broadcasted from the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF King of the Ring 2000’ PPV.

Here’s the card:

1. Val Venis, Test & Prince Albert vs. Too Cool & Rikishi

2. KOTR Qualifying Match: Chris Benoit vs. Road Dogg

3. Gerald Brisco vs. Crash Holly

4. The Rock vs. The Undertaker vs. Kane

5. Eddie Guerrero & Chyna vs. The Godfather & Dean Malenko

6. KOTR Qualifying Match: Hardcore Holly vs. Faarooq

7. Kurt Angle, Edge & Christian vs. The Dudley Boyz & Chris Jericho

8. The Hardy Boyz vs. Big Boss Man & Bull Buchanan

9. Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs. The Rock

• WWE’s Upcoming Plan Reportedly Backfires

WWE announced that NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff will take place on August 31. On the same day, AEW’s ALL OUT PPV and New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Royal Quest show take place as well.

While ALL OUT PPV will be airing at a different time, TakeOver: Cardiff will be going head to head with the NJPW show and it looks like WWE’s plan might have backfired.

Super J-Cast reported the following regarding the mistake WWE made while scheduling their event:

“Per our UK sources, WWE had a spy in one of the ticket agencies (mandated by Copper Box) NJPW were using for Royal Quest. Saw that NJ had only sold 2000 tickets but didn’t realise they had a 2nd ticket agency, and that total sales were 5000+.

WWE thought sales were bad, saw money on the table, didn’t do the research on competing events (e.g. the rugby match) and rushed in (circa March).

Now WWE are facing a situation with twice as many wrestling fans as they thought already committed to going to Royal Quest, and hugely inflated Cardiff hotel costs due to the Wales v Ireland World Cup warm-up rugby game (at least £100 per night).”

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