Arsenal shareholder Stan Kroenke has been challenged to a wrestling match

American rents out stadium on night of huge basketball match

WWE owner Vince McMahon has challenged Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan Kroenke to a steel cage match after an embarrassing scheduling screw-up.

Kroenke owns the NBA team Denver Nuggets, who are scheduled to face the LA Lakers in a home Western Conference final match next Monday. However, Kroenke Sports Enterprises agreed last August to rent out the Pepsi Center to the WWE for their televised Raw show – an arrangement that was confirmed last month with no escape clause.

As Gabriele Marcotti in The Times points out, it’s the equivalent of Arsenal renting out the Emirates for a Madonna concert on the night of the Champions League semi-finals because they don’t expect to get there.

McMahon, never one to shy away from publicity, refuses to back down and as well as issuing his joke challenge, he ripped into Kroenke by saying:

“He should be arrested for impersonating a good businessman, because he’s not a good businessman.

“I think that the Denver Nuggets fans had a lot more faith in the team making the play-offs than the owner.

“It’s just not good business not supporting your own team.”

Do Gunners fans want this man to end up running their club or is Alisher Usmanov suddenly looking like an attractive alternative? Let us know with a comment below.

UPDATE: The NBA game will go ahead with the WWE moving their show to the Staples Center, the home of the LA Lakers.

3 responses so far
  • Sparky // May 21, 2009 at 10:20 am

    This is an amazing story!! ha

  • TW // May 21, 2009 at 10:36 am

    I have no doubt whatsoever that ANY civilized investor would be better for the club than a shady, ex-con, keeping good friends with the genocidal, organized crime society known publicly as KGB and warthog-looking SOB.

    You should know better than allowing this sinister and ominous person put his dirty hands on any UK based company.

  • Jose // May 22, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Stunning, a has been “sporting” league that gets bullied into submission by one that actually matters!

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