Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 at 11:14 am  |  84 responses

Vince McMahon vs Nuggets’ Team Owner

by Marcel Mutoni

The Denver Nuggets have more than just the Los Angeles Lakers to worry about in the Western Conference Finals. They also gotta deal with Vince McMahon and his band of yahoos.

Thanks to a blunder in the Nuggets’ front-office, Game 4 of the WCF is in direct conflict with a pre-scheduled WWE event (Monday Night Raw) set to take place in the Pepsi Center the same night.

The NBA says the date for Game 4 cannot be changed, and the wrestlers are not pleased. From Inside WWE:

“Even though the Denver Nuggets had a strong team this year and were projected to make the playoffs, obviously Nuggets and Pepsi Center owner Stan Kroenke did not have enough faith in his own team to hold the May 25 date for a potential playoff game,” said WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

ESPN.com has a video interview with McMahon, during which he lays the smackdown (sorry, it can’t be helped) on Denver Nuggets’ owner, Stan Kroenke:

Clearly, Vince McMahon is an evil genius. The steel cage match idea to resolve the issue is flawless.

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  • Jacob

    heres how you solve this, have the wwe event, but have the long awaited fight between Kenyon Martin vs Mark Cuban but none of that fake crap! make it real!

  • mark

    lakers vs nuggets tag team match?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    There’s going to be someone that makes a joke about the Nuggets being honarary members of Cryme Tyme, I say within 20 comments.

  • Sesa

    Let Nene and Batista duke it out.
    It’s been years since I watched WWE.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy


  • Bear

    haha…that’s awesome

  • http://www.twitter.com/jamesgoesham JamesgoesHam

    what the hell is cryme tyme

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Not a wrestling follower, James?

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    kobe vs jr smith!
    yeah, i havnt watched wwe in years.
    fakers vs thuggets!

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    The Nuggets being honarary members of Cryme Tyme!

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    This would only happen to the Nuggets. They might be the most entertaining team this decade.

  • http://effyou@heythere.com Allenp

    Eboy, aren’t you a little old to be following a sport based on men parading around in tights and no shirts?

  • Myung

    Obviously, they just need to move the Nuggets game to the biggest gym in Eagle, Colorado. Duh.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    I think the half time show that day should have a wrestling match and cryme tyme get front row seats through the game. Also, the Nuggets should loose out on that date for not having faith.

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    Co-sign @ nate the great. :D

  • http://slamonline.com Walt Williams

    The birdman flies in any weather.I mean ANY weather

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I have a 4 year old boy, Allen. It’s hard not to.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I haven’t watched wwe since it was wwf. Shawn micheals is stil the mf bomb though.

  • Young Chris MP3

    WWE already had the date saved. NBA should have taken note when they set their playoff schedule up. Had they started the Eastern Conference playoffs today and the West tomorrow, this wouldn’t have been an issue. That said, HBK is the greatest of all time.

  • Exist4eva

    I agree young chris but Brett Hart is the GOAT

  • Myung

    The Bret Hart vs. HBK debate. Kobe vs. LBJ Part II?

  • Hello? Wilt Chamberlain is that you?

    The Sharpshooter > Sweet Chin Music

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Wrestling = Ghey

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Oddly enough, I heard Sasha Vuajic is going to come out four times his size and bald and suplex Jr Smith

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    But “The Wrestler”, with Mickey Rourke, is a tremendous film.

  • Young Chris MP3

    HBK did it at a higher level after a career ending injury than Bret did before his career ending injury. Bret is Tim Duncan (The Big Fundamental), but Shawn has long out-performed any and all. He can lose better than most can win (watch his Wrestlemania losses to Kurt Angle and John Cena from recent years. I won’t even mention the bout with Undertaker). HBK > Hitman. Always.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    Hogan is GOAT

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    All of yall are wrong. The Ultimate Warrior is the G.O.A.T, when you pick people over your head and throw them and shake on the ropes insanely you are the G.O.A.T.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    The Ultimate Warrior didn’t look human, he just looked like muscle.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Melo with the chokeslam!

  • Myung

    This is now bigger than Kobe vs. LBJ. This is turning into Kobe vs. LBJ vs. MJ vs. Wilt.

  • Myung

    I’m going to nominate Sting, Ricky Steamboat, and Ric Flair, for what it’s worth.

  • Double A

    It’s simple really. The WWE has a signed contract with the Pepsi Center. The contract, which was signed last month, does not give The Pepsi Center an out against the WWE and should be legally binding.

    The Nuggets did NOT submit the date to the NBA despite their owner being fully aware of it, so the game was scheduled.

    Perhaps the Nuggets should move their game to the local high school gym or something because when this goes before a judge in a day or so the WWE will win.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I’d take Sting, The Warrior and Goldberg in a six man tag. And I’d have Mr. Fuji as the manager. Now what!!!!

  • Myung

    MJ is Hogan. Kobe is HHH. LBJ is Cena.

  • Myung

    Mr. Fuji is Yao Ming (Hey, I’m Asian…I can say that kind of stuff and get away with it).

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Who’s the Rock?

  • Myung

    I’m not sure, since there are so many fine thespians in the NBA. Rick Fox? Ray Allen? Michael Jordan? Darius Miles? Kareem? Penny? I’m leaning towards Shaq, since the man has such a great IMDB resume.

  • Myung

    The Legion Of Doom? Stockton and Malone? The 2 best tag teams of my generation.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Yeah, Shaq would be a good choice for Dwyane Johnson.

  • Brett

    I think Stan Kroenke should agree to a cage match with Vince McMahon, then lock McMahon inside the cage and dump that cage into the ocean. I would so totally watch that … but only if the Nuggets game wasn’t on, ’cause I prefer to watch REAL sports ….

  • ENDS

    Penny Hardaway + Stone Cold Steve Austin

  • Brett

    Better yet, make it a pre-game show: The Nuggets and Lakers warm up by chasing a terrified McMahon through the streets of downtown Denver while throwing basketballs at his head ….

  • ENDS

    Ruled for a few years then Injuries plagued his Career. reduced to lil camoe’s here and there and people always say what if

  • ENDS

    forget it Penny is Owen Hart. There stor is more tragic than that

  • ENDS

    Gotta lOve the Coach doing the Story…Awkward

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    seriously? no undertaker love?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Shaq is Jake the Snake to me and Dwight Howard is Booker T.

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    i think undertaker = shaq. the rock = iverson

  • http://www.myspace.com/mabyadigg M.A. Baron

    OK this is how yu solve it.. WWE do there thing on sunday.. pre-tape it.. let all the fans go on the sunday to watch.. then play it on monday on whatever channel it is.. and have the nuggets play their regular game!

  • Myung

    The NBA is as rigged as the WWE is. We know the Commish wants the Lakers and Cavs in the Finals as much as we know Vince McMahon wants HHH winning all his matches.

  • Myung

    Kidding. Sort of.

  • http://yahoo Austin

    ok this is what should happen. I like both of these attractions that are about to collide on Monday. I think the WWE deserves it because they had the date saved since firggin August! But the NBA PLayoffs are the NBA PLayoffs so they get respect too. I want to know whathappens if this whole thing does not get resolved and the WWE and NBA show up there on MOnday NIght intending to run their show.

    Undertaker by far is the best wrestler btw

  • bakers’ dozen (12-13)

    WWE wrestles in the parking lot.

  • Pardeep

    Wow Vince is cruel. HAHA He acts like its still 2002 when the WWE was the best thing on tv with The Rock and Austin and all those guys but whats with the ego did he not see the ratings hes been getting past 6 years. Raw sucks now anyways though so they should move that to a highschool gym instead.

  • http://effyou@heythere.com Allenp

    The popularity of wrestling among the SLAM faithful is not surprising.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    But still upsetting, Allenp.

  • Epsilon Nupe

    I’m going with Kobe and Triple H vs Lebron And Randy Orton. lol

  • Young Chris MP3

    As much as Ric Flair gets respect for being the greatest (and he was great), not even he could outperform Shawn Michaels. I’m sounding like a mark right now, but so be it. Ric Flair had a very formulaic way of performing. He sold hits the same each and every match he was in, to the point where in his later years it was pure comedy watching him do it. (His being thrown into the turnbuckle only to flip over it, run on the apron and get knocked off before he could get back in the ring; his getting hit so hard that he’d bounce around before falling flat on his face.) Shawn Michaels, like Ric Flair, knew how to tell a story in the ring, but his would be much more colorful. What ends the debate for me? Neither Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Sting, or any other of the top names mentioned could have put on the performance he did at Wrestlemania 14 in 1998. He shouldn’t have even been involved in the match due to the severity of the injury he sustained at the Royal Rumble that year, but at Wrestlemania he came out and put on an incredible match with Stone Cold Steve Austin, seemingly ending his career. Shawn Michaels is the Mike Jordan of WWE. There was no one who could out-perform HBK in his prime and after taking time off, he came out of retirement, albeit a little older, and still did it better than his peers. That’s 96-98 Mike I’m referring to as well.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Wow, I can’t beieve people are actually debating wrestling GOATs, without even a hint of irony. Its f*cking fake! And yes, you do sound like a “mark”.

  • Young Chris MP3

    Shawn Michaels/Michael Jordan: Reasons stated above.
    Ric Flair/Bill Russell: Both carried their professions to new heights. Their names are both synonymous with “Champion.” An argument can be made for either as to why they deserve the “GOAT” title.
    Triple H/Kobe Bryant: Both began their careers in the shadows of greatness – Triple H in the shadow of HBK, Kevin Nash/Diesel, and Scott Hall/Razor Ramon; Kobe in the shadow of MJ, Shaq, and Eddie Jones. Both showed undeniable talent and a determination to succeed. Both are seemingly obsessed with being the top guy (Triple H used his ties to HBK to get to the top, and his becoming a part of the McMahon family ensures that he shall remain there. Kobe drops ridiculous numbers and does so with this “Mike? Shaq? It’s Kobe!” attitude/mentality.
    Shaq/Kevin Nash: Both recognized as “Diesel,” both Shaq O’Neal and Kevin Nash found their most success as big men alongside smaller counterparts. Shaq had Penny, Kobe, and Wade. Nash had HBK and Scott Hall. Shaq saw great success and popularity in Orlando, but it wasn’t until he left for L.A. in 1996 that he became arguable the most dominant big man of all time. Kevin Nash, under his “Diesel” persona, saw great success and popularity in the then-WWF, but it wasn’t until he left for WCW in 1996 that he really found his niche as one of the founding members of the nWo. Shaq remained successful after leaving L.A. despite being a shell of his former self. Nash has remained relevant as part of TNA despite being a shell of his former self.
    The Rock/Lebron James: Poster boys for WWE/NBA, both are seemingly larger-than-life characters who transcend their respective positions. The Rock took over Hollywood after finding unattainable success so early in his wrestling career. LBJ has been in countless commercials and is friends with Jay-Z. Both are family-friendly names.
    I have way too much time on my hands, but feel as though I’ve done something productive while in my sick bed. Cheers.

  • RM

    Young Chris, you are intense.

    And did Vince McMahon just say World Wrestling Federation? People at the World Wildlife Fund are not pleased.

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    isnt this ish done with?
    i thought we settled it with celebrety death match.
    remember. Rodman vs malone.
    wwe, and nba have had a thing together for awhile.
    its just kinda faded with everything going on.
    wwe. everyone learning its fake, and nba guay refs, and david stern.
    nba were dumb owners happen.

  • vic21

    Not going very deep in the playoffs? it’s the effing conference finals? That’s deeper than other contenders mmmhm boston celtics went….And wtf with the nuggets message? Unpredicatbility of the playoffs games? It’s the goddamn game four you HAVE to play that

  • http://twitter.com/swaggaprod CP34MVP

    I Wanna see that steel cage match!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Is that Jonathan Coachman? I never knew he reported for ESPN!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Bryan: Oh no doubt, son. Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, HHH, and Razor Ramone, among many others. Classic.
    I haven’t watched wrestling in a long, long time.

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    I don’t think Vince wants kronke in that cage match…who do you think taught Melo the Slap-and-run?

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    In all seriousness, the nuggets should either: A) Give their share of ad revenue to WWE; B) Play the game in Boulder (at CU); or, C)Give the WWE the rights to a running plot involving the Birdman.

  • BEsmirched

    anything that hollywood ever put ou is *fake*. doesn’t stop us from debating who’s the best preformer. sports *entertainment*. they stopped pretending to be legit competition about 30yrs ago.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    It’s wrestling. Who fu*king cares. It’s fake…. haha

  • jedi420

    @Hursty… go to wrestlinggonewrong.com and tell some of those dudes that it’s fake haha… there is some of the most brutal screwups and injuries on that site!

  • Nefatiri

    This is too funny. Love the debates. Alright. In all seriousness…Vince signed a contract which means his asz is covered. So…if he shows up and the NBA players show up, he’ll be pissing off a lot of Nuggets fans b/c he has the legal right to be there. On the other hand, I’d be willing to bet that a lot of people would go to the WWE event if nothing else but to see Super Cena and Legacy *yawn* over the b-ball game anyway. So…whatever.

    I really don’t think its fair if Vince has to move. The reason he’s so pissed is because:
    1) WWE Monday Night Raw draws the most viewers on basic cable television each week. USA Network would probably be livid if he canceled.
    2) He can NOT tape it on Tuesdays because he tapes ECW and Smackdown on Tuesdays.
    3) Thursdays WGN’s WWE Superstars show is taped on Monday nights before the live Raw which means there’s no way he could tape it early that morning because you know the floors have to be stripped…yada yada
    Unless he’s willing to tape it on Sunday (because they do house shows during the week) then he’s going to fight to keep his spot on Monday. It will literally screw up the whole taping schedule.

    BTW, every wrestling fan will mark for someone but I don’t have to mark for Shawn. He’s the GOAT and in the word’s of Vince McMahon himself, “Shawn is in a league all by himself.” HBK>>>>Your favorite wrestler.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Darius Miles & Q Richardson = WestCoast Playas 2000. (indie tag team duo)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Searched the name up to see if I paraphrased wrong. “WestSide Playaz 2000″ Even better!

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Brock Lesnar = King James

  • dab

    Lakers in three…

  • Feng

    Vince McMachon > Stan Kroenke

  • Tom

    wow i didn’t think it was possible for me to hate WWE wrestling even more. F*ck anybody that would rather watch a bunch of fake, super corny and stupid wrestling then the best team in the best league of the best sport. McMachon should go overdose on cocain already.

  • Nefatiri

    Vince McMahon & the Lakers > Nuggets and Stan

    All day everyday.

  • casey

    come on folks hes not going to overdose on cocaine like some juvenile, lets be real here…he’s clearly going to die from the numerous steroids he injects in his own ass (or he has shane do it)

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  • taylor

    I think there should have been a steel cage match between them and vince would dominate.
    This whole thing makes me so mad because i had a ticket to that event and then this whole dumb thing happened. i hate stan kroenke and the stupid nuggets….
    im a huge wwe fan and they arent coming to colorado this year.. thanks alot stan!