Joe Koff confirms ROH is likely to lose bid to book Madison Square Garden thanks to WWE

Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com spoke with Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff on Tuesday morning about news that ROH had plans to book Madison Square Garden next year.

Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO Chris Ripley confirmed these plans in an interview with the Baltimore Business Journal last week, noting the investment into the ROH product.

Not long later, Dave Meltzer reported that WWE was working to get those plans blocked.

It would appear WWE’s actions to do so have succeeded for now, according to Koff.

“You know, I’m going to tell you Mike because you are asking.  I’m not going to discuss beyond this statement because I am not going to litigate this in the press.  We had a deal with [Madison Square] Garden and they then told us they were backing out after communications from the WWE.  We are not able to get any other dates in any kind of discussion.  I’m expecting that our lawyers will be contacting all the parties involved and the best we can hope is that we can find a resolution, so we can bring the kind of energy and excitement that ROH and our partner New Japan to a bigger audience and to bigger arenas and to the fans of New York City.”

When pressed about still trying to seek a date with MSG, Koff shot down any plans.

“There is no date and the discussion is going to end here on that.”