ROH COO Joe Koff on running MSG during WrestleMania weekend and whether he fears WWE retaliation

By Jason Powell, Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff spoke with Alfonso Castillo of regarding the ROH and New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Supercard event that will be held at Madison Square Garden during WrestleMania weekend. The following are highlights of the interview, which can be read at

Joe Koff on running MSG during WrestleMania weekend: “This was a big decision, and we had to take a look at the risks and the reward. But, really, what it came down to was: Where are we going to run that weekend if we want to run in New York? It’s hard to find a building that can accommodate wrestling in that 6,000 to 10,000 range that’s in the city and that’s not a schlep to get to. I can’t speak for other organizations and why they do or they don’t use it. It was the right venue for us on that day.”

Koff on whether he is concerned with the prospect of WWE retaliating against ROH: “If I’m in their crosshairs, I don’t feel that I’ve ever not been in their crosshairs, but not for anything more than the talent that I have and the opportunity that they see in taking our talent. But I don’t feel any strain on our relationship.”

Powell’s POV: I have no doubt that WWE will be aggressive in their attempts to sign Cody and The Young Bucks. I assume they would have been even if ROH had run somewhere other than MSG, but with this event, the success of All In, and the popularity and talent of the wrestlers, it’s a great time to be Cody, the Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Adam Page. Koff also spoke about the possibility of losing Cody and the Bucks and more in the story.

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