Rey Mysterio/WWE Update – It looks like the WWE will have to wait on Rey Mysterio, as Mysterio is continuing to take indy dates with other companies. The one we’re talking about today is with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Mysterio will return to the company on August 12th for the end of the G1 Climax tournament. No opponent has been named by Mysterio has been adamant that he wants to have the match with Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger that was cancelled due to Rey’s injury.
NJPW/MSG – Speaking of New Japan, word broke last night that New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor Wrestling were going to run a joint show at Madison Square Garden in April of next year. Not the Paramount Theater (now Hulu Theater) that resides under the Garden, but the same physical structure that held WrestleMania’s I, X and XX. This comes only weeks after the WWE tried to block the promotions from running the venue, to which Joe Koff responded in kind with lawyers. So it’s safe to say that the WWE realized how little they had in way of a case. The show is set to happen on April 6th of 2019, the night before WrestleMania. Below is the press release.
ROH/NJPW PRESENT “G1 SUPERCARD” – LIVE FROM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!Baltimore, MD [07/12/18] – For 16 years, Ring of Honor Wrestling has created some of the top stars in professional wrestling, and for nearly 50 years, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has brought Japanese Strong Style to the world. Together, these two companies have delivered world class shows such as “War of the Worlds,” “Strong Style Evolved,” “Global Wars,” “Honor Rising,” and the “G1 Special,” which NJPW has launched as a special kickoff in the United States to their annual “G1 Climax,” known as one of the most elite tournaments in professional wrestling.
ROH and NJPW are proud to announce that on April 6th, 2019, the companies will join forces to present the ultimate wrestling event, “G1 Supercard,” to fans from around the world, LIVE from Madison Square Garden in New York City!
“Three years ago, one of our best fans told me in confidence that Supercard of Honor just didn’t feel “super” anymore, said Greg Gilleland, ROH General Manager. “He was right and we took that to heart with the huge events we delivered in Lakeland, FL in 2017, and New Orleans, LA just a few months ago. With consecutive record breaking attendances, the question became, how can we top that in 2019? More importantly, how can we give the fans more of what they want and what they deserve? The G1 Supercard is an event that can only represent the absolute best possible matches with both NJPW and ROH stars, and Madison Square Garden is the perfect venue for them.”
“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.”
Already confirmed for this show from NJPW are Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Tetsuya Naito, in addition to all of the top ROH Stars. This show is set to be massive in magnitude including many matches to be announced with championships from both companies defended. Fans will not want to miss this marquee event at a venue with such an amazing storied history of wrestling.
“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.”
ROH Chief Operating Officer Joe Koff is equally proud. “This is destined to join a long list of historical wrestling moments and where better to hold it than at Madison Square Garden. I am extremely proud of what we have been able to achieve as a company and am very appreciative of how great our relationship with New Japan Pro-Wrestling has become. However, none of this would be possible without our fans, who are truly the best in the world. Madison Square Garden would not be possible without them and for that I am most grateful.”
G1 Supercard is sure to be a historical event in New York City that promises to exceed all expectations.
Tickets will go on-sale on Wednesday, August 8th at 10:00 AM ET for HonorClub members and Friday, August 10th for the General Public.
Stay tuned to ROHWrestling.com for more information on G1 Supercard and other important Ring of Honor Wrestling news. Visit NJPW1972.com to follow your favorite NJPW wrestlers and for any other NJPW news or event information.
Kenny Omega on NJPW’s Next Big Stars – Kenny Omega recently spoke to New Japan’s AXS announcer, Jim Ross about New Japan and one of the topics that came up was the future of the roster. Omega pointed out a former Young Boy Henare as a name to look towards, but he goes in further detail, saying;
We have a new young talent if we’re going to kind of go further into the future. His name is Henare, Aaron Henare. He’s kind of doing a Tongan gimmick right now and he just brings so much energy, so much fire. He’s not afraid to use his voice. He’s not afraid to put himself out there. He just has limitless potential. I’m really looking forward to his growth. And actually, we have a lot of Young Lions. It’s really hard to say who is going to emerge as kind of the ace of the Young Lions. But all of our new batch, they have a very great, storied athletic background with a lot of amateur wrestling champions, just baseball champions, all different kinds of sports backgrounds. These are real athletes and these guys want it. And like [Ross] said, we have our older talent that have a ton of experience under their belt. I think [Cobb] will be leaving an impact very, very soon. Oh yes [he is talented].
Are Haku’s Legendary Brawl Stories True? – Haku talked to the Two Man Power Trip and revealed whether or not his legendary brawls are true. He’s quoted as saying;
I’ll tell you that some of them are true and some of them they make up. The beating up the people in bars is again just protecting the business and showing them what this business is all about. So most of them are true and I’m not bragging, I’m just telling you guys that it was just me protecting the business. People just had the wrong timing and had a few beers and would turn around calling the business saying it was fake and sometimes I guess it was jealousy that we were in the bar and that girls saw you on TV and start talking to you and are not talking to those local boys so there was other things that happened.
Quick Hits – Sheamus and Cesaro of WWE’s The Bar are currently dealing with visa issues allegedly, which is whey they haven’t been on television lately. In the wake of the MSG/NJPW news, Cody Rhodes claims that the WWE has “a lock” on Los Angeles Staple Center arena. Jeff Hardy claims he’s “holding himself back” at live events, to presumably extend his career. The WWE has announced that Io Shirai, Nicole Matthews, Jinny, and Kacy Catanzaro will all compete in the Mae Young Classic.