Back in June, when Ring of Honor made plans to hold a show at Madison Square Garden, Dave Meltzer reported that the WWE was doing everything it could to block the show from taking place. ROH’s COO, Joe Koff, did an interview with PWInsider. In the interview, he stated that MSG let ROH know that they were backing out of the deal after “communications with the WWE.”
Well, it looks as if minds have been changed. ROH and NJPW‘s co-branded show, “G1 Supercard,“ has been announced for Madison Square Garden on April 6th, 2019. That is the same weekend as WrestleMania 35, which will also be held in New York at MetLife Stadium.
NJPW‘s Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Tetsuya Naito, along with “all the top ROH stars,” have been advertised for the event.
“This is a historic initiative for ROH and New Japan Pro-Wrestling,” Harold Meij, President of NJPW proudly commented. “This gives us a great chance to expose fans to NJPW in the building which housed so many memorable and compelling matches.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Ring of Honor Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling to Madison Square Garden for the much anticipated G1 Supercard,” said Joel Fisher, Executive Vice President, MSG Marquee Events. “We expect April 6th to be another memorable night of wrestling at ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena.’”
Tickets will go on sale for the event August 8th at 10:00 AM ET for HonorClub Members, and on August 10th to the general public.
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