WWE‘s use of Madison Square Garden as a show location has decreased in the 21st century, but this September, Raw and Smackdown will be filmed in the famous arena for the first time in almost ten years. According to Wrestlingdata, since 2014, WWE has run three house shows at the venue that used to be a regular PPV location before it got too expensive.
WWE.com points out that “the last time Monday Night Raw took place at MSG was Nov. 16, 2009, featuring John Cena & The Undertaker against Triple H & Shawn Michaels of D-Generation X against Chris Jericho & Big Show of JeriShow in a Triple Threat Tag Team Match,” which sounds like a more creative version of a WWE Saudi Arabia main event except for one movie star who won’t work there and one dad rock star who works for another company now.
The wrestling industry giant’s return to taping at Madison Square Garden comes after two wrestling other promotions booked the venue in 2019, the first times wrestling companies not owned by a McMahon had used MSG since 1960. Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling co-promoted the G1 Supercard there on WrestleMania weekend, which WWE allegedly tried to derail. Lucha libre company AAA announced this spring that they will run their Invading New York event at Madison Square Garden on September 15, the Sunday of the week WWE will host those just-announced Raw and Smackdown tapings in the same venue.