The night before his first fight against Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in October 2016, CM Punk sat down for an interview on Fightful.com with Ian Riccaboni and the two had the following exchange.
In the aftermath of WWE reversing their decision on the Money in the Bank event from an entire stadium to a smaller one, Alberto Del Rio took to his Instagram Stories to post promotional material for WrestleMania VII, another former WWE event that moved from a larger venue to a smaller one.
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At the time, in 1991, WWE cited “bomb threats” and security concerns as the reason for changing the venue of the seventh installment of their Showcase of Immortals event. On paper, WWE’s statement seemed reasonable- considering that it was built around Sgt. Slaughter, was an Iraqi sympathizer at the peak of the Gulf War. However, mainstream media outlets such as SLAM! Sports of Canada dismissed WWE’s justification, chalking up the venue change to poor ticket sales and WWE’s inability to fill out a 100,000-seater LA Memorial Coliseum.
Back in 1991, reports indicated that WWE struggles to sell out the LA Memorial Coliseum. However, in an interview with “Something To Wrestle With” show and IWC podcast, Bruce Prichard confirmed that even if WWE had sold out the stadium, the scope of the event was too large for police to ensure security. When asked about paying for police, Prichard let it slip that he’s said
The McMahon family would need a loan from Comic Relief.
Tune into Double or Nothing on Sunday to see how all of this panned out!