Whilst WrestleMania weekend might traditionally have been all about the shows WWE put on, ROH and NJPW are hoping to change that with their G1 Supercard show on April 6th inside Madison Square Garden. The show will be headlined by Jay White defending his IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Kazuchika Okada.
However, it has been revealed that these weren’t the original plans.
It has been revealed in the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Okada, the winner of the 2019 New Japan Cup, was originally supposed to face Kenny Omega in the main event of the historic show. Omega dropped the IWGP Heavyweight title to Hiroshi Tanahashi at Wrestle Kingdom 13, who in turn lost it to Bullet Club’s Jay White.
It should be noted that the change was down to the fact that Kenny Omega’s NJPW contract expired, and “The Cleaner” opted to sign with All Elite Wrestling instead of continuing his stay in Japan. Should he have decided to re-sign with New Japan, he would have retained over Tanahashi in early January.
Below is the confirmed and most likely final card for Saturday night’s G1 Supercard:
* Jay White (c) v. Kazuchika Okada – IWGP Heavyweight Championship
* Jay Lethal (c) v. Marty Scurll v. Matt Taven – Ladder Match for the ROH World Championship
* Tetsuya Naito (c) v. Kota Ibushi – IWGP Intercontinental Championship
* Will Ospreay (c) v. Jeff Cobb (c) – Winner Takes All match for the NEVER Openweight and ROH TV TItle
* Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa (c) v. Brody King and PCO (c) v. EVIL and SANADA v. The Briscoes – Winner Takes All match for the IWGP and ROH World Tag Team Titles
* Taiji Ishimori (c) v. Dragon Lee v. Bandido – IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
* Zack Sabre Jr. (c) v. Hiroshi Tanahashi – RPW British Heavyweight Championship
* Mayu Iwatani (c) v. Kelly Klein – Women of Honor World Championship
* Bully Ray v. TBA – New York Street Fight Open Challenge
* Rush v. Dalton Castle
* Honor Rumble (Pre-Show) – Jushin Liger
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