You know the WWE Times Square Bar? What is the deal as far as getting in on the night of PPVs & Raws etc... Cos I'm coming over to Wrestlemania in March from the UK, & while I have tickets to MSG for WM, I was thinking of maybe catching RAW the next night at the Time Square Bar.
Does it get busy early?
Can you just turn up on the day or need some sort of ticket or something?
It closed down the month after the Tough Enough III final was filmed there. I was lucky enough to get in to the TE III final (long story) and even got to go to the after-show party they had in a backstage area.
Anyway, it was packed for the night, but any night that didn't feature a special event like that the place was pretty dead (from what I saw the week I was up there, and from what I've heard from others). Even the WWE store out front was a bit dismal, with rarely more than just your standard t-shirts and a few action-figures for sale. I had expected them to have much of the stuff they carried in their merchandise catelogue, but it wasn't anything like that.
thats a big waste of such a prime location, must have cost $$$. Can't imagine it being bust 7 days a week though to be fair. For some reason I thought they still showed it on TV occasionally. Did it lose loads of money?
It's really disappoining that the place closed down. I was in New York for a couple of weeks and the people there were very nice, thay even gave us free drinks cause we were foreign. The area at the front where they sold the merchandise was fairly busy at times but mostly quiet. They had a large screen over the check out where they showed Titan Tron videos and interviews. I remember buying the old World title replica belt there. They had none left so they had to take the one off the shelf for me!
You went underground to the bar and resaurant. I remember sitting down with my free drink watching most of the Triple H/Rock Iron man match before some guy said that our seats were reserved for the Raw show that night. All round I loved the place and its a real shame I'll never see it again.
I was just in NYC last weekend, and hung out a bit in Times Square. I walked by the former World property, and noticed the billboard above the store is still advertising current WWE events, so I'm wondering if WWE still pays for the building, or just that advertising space.
My understanding (and someone here probably has better details to correct me on this) is that WWE paid the rent on the building up to 2008. The only way to get into the building in the first place, and nonrefundable.
Yeah, WWE still owns it for some time to come. They just felt it was too expensive to maintain a restaurant/store there. Plus, didn't some manager steal a bunch of money from them around the time the thing closed down?
I was there once in the fall of 2002. It was nothing special. A very dark restaurant, food was overpriced (even by NYC standards) and service wasn't anything special. Nash was there for his first appearance since his injury (the second injury, that is, the one where he tore his quad running across the ring) and he was actually pretty nice to the 50 or so people in there. Considering it was during a Raw, I remember thinking the place was bloody half-empty.
Anyways, I can see why it's gone now. They're better to set up merchandise shops in tourist locations (like the one they have in Niagara Falls, Ontario right now, which is actually a great store). They should stay away from the restaurant business, though...
I was there in May 2003 on our Senior Trip to NYC and it must have been right before they closed because all they had was merchandise on sale, no restaurant. I spent maybe five minutes in there, not much to it. They didn't even have a "Mattitude" or "Cheat 2 Win" T-shirts, which is what I was looking for.
Jesus, is every worker from 1984 in that fed? Seems like a good set of people who could help younger wrestlers learn the trade though. The Tom Prichard deal with Jimmy Golden's kid was priceless. Actually some of the better indy shows I have seen.