There's been a major change in a controversial state regulation that is now creating a new opportunity for more wrestling and UFC events at a local venue in Louisville, KY.
The Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission has had a long-time regulation that called for stiff penalties for any public event at a local venue that allowed blood to be shed as a form of entertainment.
A local CBS television affiliate in Louisville, spoke to the general manager of the KFC Yum! Center about the issue:"The problem was that they would stop if there was blood in the ring and you couldn't restart the fight until the blood stopped,” arena general manager Dennis Petrullo said. "That would bring a WWE Live event to a screeching halt."
The governor of Kentucky (Matt Bevin) thought the regulation was "scaring off business opportunities." Tuesday of this week, the state Boxing and Wrestling Commission agreed and overturned the regulation.
“When we heard about the change, the first phone call I made was to WWE. Ideally, I would love to get a pay-per-view. The first thing we will do is RAW in April,” Petrullo said.
This new change in the regulation is expected to gain interest from UFC and boxing promoters, to seek out Louisville as a possible venue for its events.
A WWE Raw has been scheduled for April 2017.