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Former WWE superstar Terri Runnels was one of the legendary female wrestlers to be honored at the 25th anniversary of Monday Night RAW. On her Cigars, Scars and Superstars podcast, Runnels discussed some things that happened behind the scenes at the show.

RAW 25 was shot in two locations, the Barclays Center and the Manhattan Center, which was the home of the first-ever broadcast of Monday Night RAW. There were only a few matches and segments at the Manhattan Center, which drew the ire of the crowd. Runnels revealed that she was disappointed in the presentation even though she understood the necessity for two locations.

“I was very disappointed [with Raw 25]. I really was,” Runnels said. “First of all, I was proud to be there and proud to be with my WWE family again; that was wonderful, but pretty much after that, it was kind of like, ‘Wow, really?’ I thought that [two locations] was a great idea because there’s no way that you can fit capacity crowd that would want to see it in that tiny Manhattan Center location. In order to have it at the Manhattan Center you would have to have it at some other place. I heard from friends that were at the Manhattan Center felt that they got jipped because they only had a few matches and it was dead in between.”

The female wrestling legends were featured in only one segment that night in which they were simply introduced to the crowd in the Barclays Center. Even though she’s aware of how the WWE had to balance the 25th anniversary with the go-home show before the Royal Rumble, Runnels admitted she was disappointed the female superstars didn’t get more shine on the show.

“I think I am disappointed. I don’t feel like I was disrespected, but I just think that they had; this is my guess, but I believe they had a monster of a show to try to do and figure out,” she said. “This many talents coming into Raw that is normally not there like past legends, and I just think it ended up being a time thing; ‘We don’t know what else to do, let’s just have them come out and wave.’ I don’t know, it was just disappointing because I loved my WWE family and all of that and it was just disappointing. It was a let down.”

Runnels said none of the other female superstars were angry while they were at the show. She did, however, reveal that the conditions they were preparing in while they were backstage were less than ideal.

“Nobody was pissed off. It was a ball of fun in our dressing room, but I had to tell you, that was another interesting thing,” she said. “We were put in a basketball court; we were blocked off with black curtains, and there was another area where male legends were blocked off as well. Next to that they were filming all day the APA vignettes so because of that the overhead lights couldn’t be on. We were trying to be ready in almost pitch black dark. They brought one little light and shun it over but it was still dark over there. We kept asking if we can please get lights and how much longer the vignettes were done and they’re like, if we don’t get them done we have to get them done live so we may not be able to put the lights on at all. I couldn’t see to get in my suitcase; I couldn’t find stuff, it was dark. We did not have a mirror. I asked for a folding mirror; they actually gave me that, but there was no running water to wash our hands close by. That was very interesting.”

Runnels left the WWE in 2004 after a successful run as a manager and valet to multiple superstars. She said the big difference now within the company is the environment is more buttoned-up than it was in the past.

“It is very different now. It’s just very corporate. The word that comes to my mind is that there is a bit of antiseptic feeling,” she said. “I would that maybe in terms of the whole sexual harassment; there’s so many things like Wrestlers Court and hazing that used to go on very rapidly in our business, but in a lot of ways that fun is taken out.”


The New York Islanders are returning to familiar territory.

On Monday, the club announced it will play 12 home games at Nassau Coliseum next season, with the remainder to be played at Barclays Center, its current home in Brooklyn.

The 2019-20 season will then see the Islanders split their home schedule between the two arenas.

The Islanders previously played out of Nassau Coliseum between their formation in 1972 and their move to Brooklyn in 2015.

However, a host of issues at Barclays Center, including poor ice conditions and a section of seating that offered obstructed views – in addition to a hard-to-reach arena for fans coming from Nassau County – left the team searching for a new home.

In December, the team’s bid was selected to build an arena in Belmont Park, about eight miles west of Nassau Coliseum. The hope is that it will be ready in time for the 2021-22 season.

Nassau Coliseum has undergone extensive renovations since the Islanders left, which reduced seating capacity to 13,000, but the old barn appears to be a temporary solution as the team awaits its new home.

The New York Islanders are apparently nearing an agreement to play some regular-season games in their old barn while the new one is being built.

Two sources familiar with the situation told Newsday’s Jim Baumbach that the Islanders are closing in on a deal to play a mix of games at Nassau Coliseum and Barclays Center in the years leading up to the opening of the new facility at Belmont Park.

It’s not yet clear how the games would be split, but the earliest the Belmont Park arena would be ready is the 2021-22 season, which means the club would need to figure out a temporary solution for three full seasons after this one.

The Islanders are negotiating with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which owns both their current and former homes, and have a deadline of Jan. 30 to opt out of their deal at Barclays Center.

They won the bid to redevelop Belmont Park in December. Earlier this month, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said he was open to the possibility of the Islanders playing some games at the Coliseum in the years before their new arena is ready.

Nassau Coliseum recently underwent a $165-million renovation.

The Islanders left it for Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015-16, but have had a host of issues in the new building since, from complaints about sight lines and the iceconditions to the piping system reportedly not meeting NHL standards.

A clash of top 10 strawweights might be headed to Brooklyn.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Felice Herrig are expected to square off at UFC 223 on April 7 at Barclays Center, according to Monday reports from MMAWeekly and MMANytt.

After failing to dethrone then-champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and tapping to fellow contender Claudia Gadelha at UFC 205 and 212, respectively, the fourth-ranked Kowalkiewicz rebounded from her first career losing streak with a lopsided decision over the debuting Jodie Esquibel at UFC Fight Night 118 in her native Poland this past October. She’d been attached to a February date with Jessica Andrade, but an illness reportedly kept her from signing on the dotted line.

The ninth-seeded Herrig has mounted a four-fight winning streak since returning from a 15-month hiatus in the summer of 2016, besting Kailin Curran, Alexa Grasso, Justine Kish, and Cortney Casey – the latter victory coming via split decision at UFC 218 last month.

A main event has not yet been attached to the promotion’s second trip to Brooklyn, nor has the UFC formally announced the card.

Nassau Coliseum hosted an open house Tuesday, as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and New York Islanders majority owner Jon Ledecky toured the recently renovated arena.

The Islanders’ former digs, Nassau Coliseum is considered a possible temporary home as the team’s new arena in nearby Belmont Park breaks ground.

In the meantime, New York will continue to play out of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where it’s called home since 2015. Despite the team signing a 25-year agreement to play at the venue shared with the NBA’s Nets, both the Islanders and arena manager can trigger an opt-out clause at the end of January.

If that should happen, the Islanders would need to find a temporary home following the 2018-19 season.

Nassau Coliseum, built in 1971, has undergone a host of changes since the Islanders left three years ago, including a $165-million renovation that reduced seating capacity by 3,000 to 13,000 for hockey games.

A number of improvements would need to be orchestrated in order for New York to return temporarily. Also at issue is who would fund those changes. Nassau Coliseum is currently owned by Forest City Enterprises, a real estate development firm.

Nassau Coliseum hosted an Islanders preseason game last September.

While the Islanders have played out of Barclays Center for parts of three seasons, a quick exit was initiated after a host of issues were realized, from awful ice conditions to poor sight lines and a tough commute.

The New York Islanders may return to their old stomping grounds before calling Belmont Park home.

While the Islanders’ new arena is being built, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league would entertain the idea of the team playing games at Nassau Coliseum – their home from 1975-2015 – until their new rink is complete.

“I wouldn’t rule it out as a possibility,” Daly told Newsday’s Jim Baumbach via email.

The Islanders have been playing their home games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn since the 2015-16 season. The building was intended to be a basketball-only facility, which has caused issues with the ice surface, as well as the sightlines for fans.

Islanders co-owner John Ledecky said they plan to play the 2018-19 season at the Barclays Center, as per their lease. However, where they play for the 2019-20 season and beyond – until the Belmont arena is finished – remains unclear.

The Coliseum re-opened in March 2017 after an 18-month, $165-million renovation.

A spokesperson for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment – the same company that operates both the Barclays Center and the Coliseum – said they have presented the Islanders with a proposal to make the Coliseum their interim home, adding that the company is “prepared to facilitate any necessary enhancements” to the aging arena.

Following the Islanders’ Belmont Park news conference, The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo’s office released the following statement:

“New York State will negotiate with the New York Islanders to ensure they will play as many games as possible at the Nassau Coliseum while the state-of-the-art arena at Belmont is being built, returning the Islanders home to Long Island in the nearest possible future.”

The New York Islanders‘ proposal for a new arena at Belmont Park has been selected by the state over the bid from New York City FC, according to Newsday’s Jim Baumbach.

A formal announcement will be made at a news conference Wednesday, Baumbach added.

Last week, the Islanders proposed their plan for an 18,000-seat arena that would host up to 200 events per year, as well as 435,000-square for retail, a hotel with 200-to-250 rooms and an “innovation center.”

The Islanders moved to the Barclay’s Center, located in Brooklyn, following the 2015 season. Since the move, the basketball-designed arena has faced several complaints for insufficient sight lines and poor ice conditions.

The arena at Belmont Park would be much closer to the club’s original home in Nassau County, and offers some much-needed security for the Islanders, although any potential timeline for development on the new facility has yet to be announced.