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McMahon, "Kroenke" go at it early

May 25, 2009 |  6:39 pm


World Wrestling Entertainment opened its "Monday Night Raw" show with the showdown everyone was waiting for: an impersonator of Denver Nuggets/Pepsi Center owner Stan Kroenke and WWE chairman Vince McMahon heatedly discussing the double-booking dispute that forced WWE out of Denver and to Staples Center.

Looking cheesy with a bad mustache and cheap sports coat, "Kroenke" entered the arena with a basketball and handed it to an actor supposed to be Lakers owner Jerry Buss. The scene fooled some in the crowd, and required at least one fan to explain, "It's an impersonator, dude!"

But "Kroenke" wasted no time further offending WWE fans in L.A., telling the crowd he was owner of the "soon-to-be NBA champion Denver Nuggets."

"I cannot stand the WWE or its fans, for that matter. Do you think I care that I screwed thousands of fans? I have much more important things to do with my time. ... I'm a respected tycoon/billionaire. I've been villified by the WWE, the media and every one of you."

A photo then flashed on a big screen showing Kroenke with a devil's tail and horns, while McMahon wore a halo.

McMahon then entered the arena to say he was announcing the formation of a new pro basketball league, the XBA, that would fail miserably, because, "I will have [Kroenke] and your staff run it."

"All you had to do was pick up the phone and explain that [you] didn't expect [your] team to make the playoffs."

McMahon then ridiculed that Kroenke is formally known as E. Stan Kroenke, revealing the E. stands for Enos.

"Enos, look at you," McMahon said, as the Kroenke impersonator covered his ears in shame. "You're an Enos! ... You have a terminal case of Enos envy.

"You disrespect the WWE fans. You think you can push around the WWE universe? The problem with that is when you push us, we push back.

He then shoved "Kroenke" through the ropes to the arena floor below as cheers erupted.

--Lance Pugmire

Photo: WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon. Credit: Will Ragozzino/Getty Images