WKMT-TV is featuring an interview with Kentucky’s new head of boxing and wrestling commission Chad Miller where he talks about wanting to repair the state’s relationship with WWE. WWE has barely ran any live events in the state in recent years due to the prior commission’s strict rules and regulations.
“That’s the elephant in the room right now. We have to evaluate the current policies and regulations in place and make a fair decision. I can tell you my goal is to generate as much revenue for the Commonwealth of Kentucky as I can. If you say the WWE, UFC and Impact Wrestling are not a part of that, you’re fooling yourself. I had an opportunity last night to speak with four local promoters after our meeting. I asked them “If I could change one thing for you as a wrestling promoter, what would you want it to be?” I had a very long and lengthy conversation with one gentleman and he said “I want Wrestlemania here.” That’s a big step for us, I’m not saying I’ll be able to get it done tomorrow, but it’s a goal that we’re striving for. We have world class venues. If you look at Rupp Arena, the Yum! Center, Pikeville has a phenomenal setup for a live television show, the Corbin Arena, the Northern Kentucky Civic Center, you’ve got Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Paducah has venues, Richmond has Eastern Kentucky University, there’s so many great venues. We would love to have the WWE come in here and host them, but also we want our local promoters to reach that level as well. We want to start by bringing in those bigger tickets. It rejuvenates the sport. That is our ultimate goal. We want to have something home-grown, but we also want to show our state off to the world.”