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By Mike Johnson on 2021-06-24 14:35:00

World Wrestling Entertainment will finally return to NYC'S Madison Square Garden on Friday 9/10 for a Friday Night Smackdown taping, has confirmed with sources at MSG.

The Garden, long considered WWE's home arena, returned to full capacity for the first time since shuttering last year during the COVID-19 pandemic with a Foo Fighters concert on 6/20.  The legendary facility had been operating for New York Rangers and New York Knicks games at a limited capacity in recent months.  The concert was the first show presented by MSG in over 460 days.

WWE had two scheduled events canceled during the pandemic, a March 2020 by event that was postponed until June before being canceled.  There was also the unannounced but traditional December 26th post-Christmas event.  New Japan Pro Wrestling was also slated to run MSG in August 2020 with the first-ever Wrestling Dynasty event.

MSG was shuttered on 3/20/20 after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shut down all public gatherings over 500 at the time, announcing, “We support Governor Cuomo’s decision and starting tomorrow night, our New York venues will only host events that adhere to the Governor’s very clear parameters. This is a fluid situation and we will be back with further details when available,”

The venue has hosted more historic title changes and milestone WWE events than any other dating back to the earliest days of professional wrestling promoted by the McMahon family.  That tradition continues, finally, on 9/10.

While not announced, it should be expected WWE will also run the facility on 12/26.

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