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The G1 Supercard was a professional wrestling supershow co-produced by the American Ring of Honor (ROH) and Japanese New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) promotions.[1][2] The event took place on April 6, 2019, at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States.[1][2] The events name refers G1 due to the G1 Climax tournament in NJPW and Supercard for ROH's annual event Supercard of Honor.[4] The event aired live on traditional PPV outlets, Fite TV, Honor Club and the NJPW World streaming services[5][6], while the pre-show aired on Facebook Live.[7] Wrestlers from Mexican based promotion Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) and Japan based women's promotion World Wonder Ring Stardom, with whom ROH and NJPW have a partnership with, also appeared at the event.

The show was headlined by Jay White defending the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against the winner of the 2019 New Japan Cup, Kazuchika Okada, in a rematch from Wrestle Kingdom 13 in Tokyo Dome. The second match of the show's "double main event" saw Jay Lethal defending the ROH World Championship against Matt Taven and 2018 Survival of the Fittest winner Marty Scurll in a three-way ladder match. As part of a partnership between NJPW, ROH and the British Revolution Pro Wrestling (RPW) promotion, the Undisputed British Heavyweight Championship will also be defended at the event with Zack Sabre Jr. facing Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Five other title matches also took place on the show with Tetsuya Naito defending the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Kota Ibushi, Taiji Ishimori defending the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Bandido and Dragon Lee in a three-way match, Will Ospreay facing Jeff Cobb in a "Winner takes all" match for the NEVER Openweight and ROH World Television Championships, Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa), The Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe), Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL and SANADA) and Villain Enterprises (PCO and Brody King) facing each other in a four-way "Winner takes all" match tag team match for the IWGP Tag Team and ROH World Tag Team Championships and Mayu Iwatani defending the Women of Honor World Championship against Kelly Klein. All in all, the event feature twelve matches (including one on the pre-show and one dark match).

The event is notable for being the first non-WWE promoted professional wrestling event held in the Madison Square Garden since 1960 and the second non-WWE professional wrestling event in the United States after All In to sell 10,000 tickets.[1][2][8]

ProductionEdit

BackgroundEdit

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The official logo of the event

On June 11, 2018, Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO Chris Ripley told on an interview on the Baltimore Business Journal that Ring of Honor would run a show at Madison Square Garden in 2019.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14] According to Ripley, the plan was part of a strategy to move Ring of Honor to bigger venues.[9][10] It was also noted that Madison Square Garden has been reaching out to other professional wrestling promotions, due to WWE not been running at the venue consistently and preferring to run Barclays Center, which MSG officials were upset about.[9][10][10][11][12][13][14] Wrestling Observer Newsletter journalist Dave Meltzer reported that AAA also had a date to run Madison Square Garden in September 2018 and that WWE was trying to stop ROH from doing the event.[2][8][15] Six days later, Pro Wrestling Insider reported that Ring of Honor had lost its date with Madison Square Garden.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23] During an interview with ROH Chief Operating Officer Joe Koff, it was revealed Madison Square Garden was backing out of the event after communications from the WWE, which led Sinclair Broadcast Group legal team to work on finding a resolution.[15][16][22]

On July 12, ROH and New Japan Pro-Wrestling announced the "G1 Supercard" a co-promoted supershow between the two promotions, with Kazuchika OkadaTetsuya Naito and Hiroshi Tanahashi being advertised for the event.[24][25][1][2][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35][36] It was later revealed that under threat of legal action by Sinclair Broadcast Group, MSG officials agreed to the original deal following weeks of negotiations and terms were finalized two days prior to the announcement of the event.[26][27][28] WWE would respond the allegations made by Joe Koff saying "MSG is [...] free to work with ROH [...] however they want".[37][32][38] Pre-sale tickets went on sale on August 8 for ROH Honor Club subscribers, while MSG hosted their own pre-sale on August 9 and tickets went on sale for the general public on Ticketmaster on August 10, costing from $30 to $300.[39] On August 8, Pro Wrestling Insider reported that sources within ROH told that the promotion had already sold out about half of MSG, which were later confirmed to be 12,000 tickets in pre-sale.[40][41][42] On August 10, it was revealed that tickets for general public sold out in nineteen minutes and was also among the quickest sellouts for a professional wrestling event in the history of the arena.[43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52][53][54] This led to on September 5, ROH announcing additional tickets to being put on sale, priced at $56.00.[55] Additionally, on August 10, ROH announced the first group of wrestlers taking part in the event; Marty Scurll, Bully Ray, Matt Taven, The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe).[6][56] On August 23, it was reported by Pro Wrestling Insider reported that NJPW had filled a trademark in the United States over G1 Climax, and G1 Supercard.[57]

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Madison Square Garden, the arena for the show

In February 2014, the Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion announced a partnership with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) promotion, which led to the two co-producing the Global Wars and War of the Worlds events in Toronto and New York City, respectively, the following May.[58] A year later, the partnership continued with War of the Worlds '15 and Global Wars '15, which were both two-day events, taking place in Philadelphia and Toronto, respectively.[59] On August 21, 2015, representatives of NJPW and ROH declared that the relationship between the two promotions was stronger than ever, announcing another North American tour for May 2016, featuring new locations and wrestlers, as well as the first co-produced shows between the two promotions in Tokyo.[60] The two-day event, entitled Honor Rising: Japan 2016, took place on February 19 and 20, 2016.[61][62] Since July 2017, NJPW began promoting event independently in the United States selling out their G1 Special in USA and Strong Style Evolved events.[63][64] Both ROH and NJPW would break attendance records in April and July 2018, with NJPW's G1 Special in San Francisco selling 6,333 tickets, while ROH's Supercard of Honor XII sold 6,100 tickets.[65][66]

On February 7, 2019, NJPW and ROH announced a two-day fan festival named New Japan Matsuri and G1 Supercard Festival of Honor with the event being held on April 4 at the Japan Village and April 5 at the Hulu Theater.[67][68][69] On February 21, it was announced would be broadcast on pay-per-view and also on the Fite TV, ROH and NJPW's streaming services Honor Club and NJPW World, respectively.[5] On March 8, it was announced the return of the Honor Rumble (a match with WWE's Royal Rumble-style battle royals where entrants join the match at time intervals), with participants from both NJPW and ROH and was set for the pre-show of the event.[70][71] Later, it was announced the meet and greets, including the talent from ROH, Bandido, Brody King, Bully Ray, Dalton Castle and The Boys, Flip Gordon, Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb, Jenny Rose, Kelly Klein, Mandy Leon, Mark Haskins, Marty Scurll, Matt TavenWorld Wonder Ring Stardom's Mayu Iwatani, PCO, Rush, Sumie Sakai, The Briscoe Brothers (Mark and Jay Briscoe), TK O'Ryan, Tracy Williams and Vinny Marseglia, and from NJPW, BUSHI, EVILHirooki GotoJushin Thunder Liger, Kazuchika Okada, Kota Ibushi, SANADA, Shingo Takagi, Tetsuya Naito, Will Ospreay and Zack Sabre Jr..[72] On March 28, ROH announced that pre-show of the event would air on Facebook Live.[7] Also, it was announced on April 3, a six-woman tag team match between Oedo Tai (Kagetsu and Kazuki) and Jenny Rose against Sumie Sakai, Hana Kimura and Stella Grey.[73]

Storylines Edit

G1 Supercard featured professional wrestling matches that involved different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portray villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.[74]

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Jay White, who faced Kazuchika Okada in the main event.

The G1 Supercard was main evented by Jay White making his first successful title defense of the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against 2019 New Japan Cup Kazuchika Okada.[75] Since January 2018, White started feuding with Okada, after Okada welcomed White to CHAOS. White warned Okada to "not get too comfortable", but Okada didn't take him seriously.[76] From July 14 until August 10, Okada and White took part in the 2018 G1 Climax.[77] During the tournament, White and Okada faced each other in their head-to-head match, with White coming out victorious after cheating to defeat Okada with tactics such as attacking him with a chair, ref bumps or low blows.[78] On September 23 at Destruction in Kobe, Okada unsuccessfully challenged Hiroshi Tanahashi for his Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship match contract.[79][80] After the match, White would lay out Tanahashi with a Blade Runner and immediately Okada attacked Okada.[80][81] Yoshi-Hashi tried to make the save, but White overpowered him, Gedo came into the ring and turned on Okada, before laying him out with a Blade Runner.[80] Afterwards, Gedo nominated White to face Tanahashi for his contract due to White previously defeating Tanahashi in the G1 Climax.[80] On October 8 at King of Pro-Wrestling, White unsuccessfully challenged Tanahashi for his contract.[82] Following his match, White attacked Tanahashi, but Okada made the save and tried to attack Gedo, but Bullet Club OG appeared in the ring and Jado also turned on Okada, and Gedo, Jado and White joined the Bullet Club OG, before laying him out with another Blade Runner.[82][81] During the Road to Power Struggle, Tanahashi would be caught up in their feud, forming an alliance with Okada and their stables CHAOS and NJPW Home unit.[83][84][85] White would challenge Okada to a match, which was later set to be at Wrestle Kingdom 13, with Okada saying the match wasn't worth being put on Wrestle Kingdom and he preferred the match to happen at Road to Tokyo Dome tour.[86][87][88] On January 4 at Wrestle Kingdom 13 in Tokyo Dome, White would defeat Okada.[89] Later that month, White would defeat Tanahashi to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. [90] On February 12, NJPW announced that the winner of the 2019 New Japan Cup would get an opportunity for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.[91][92] In March, Okada would take part of the 2019 New Japan Cup, defeating SANADA in the finals of the tournament, to earn a title opportunity at the G1 Supercard against White.[93][94] The title match was confirmed on March 24. It was also announced that G1 Supercard would feature a double main event with the IWGP Heavyweight and ROH World Championship matches.[75]

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Marty Scurll the winner 2018 Survival of the Fittest, who took part of a three-way ladder match for the ROH World Championship.

In the ROH World Championship match, Jay Lethal made his fifteenth title defense against Marty Scurll and Matt Taven in a ladder match.[95] On March 13 during the G1 Supercard press conference, Marty Scurll announced that he would cash in his Survival of the Fittest tournament title shot for the ROH World Championship at G1 Supercard.[96] Three days later at ROH 17th Anniversary, Jay Lethal and Matt Taven faced each other in a 60 minutes time-limit draw and afterwards, Scurll stole the ROH World Championship belt.[95][97] On March 18 at Ring of Honor Wrestling tapings, Scurll return the title to Lethal, after Taven and Scurll laid their claims for a title match, Lethal proposed a three-way match, but Taven and Scurll refused and both wanted a singles match for the title, but Lethal instead proposed a ladder match between the three wrestlers at G1 Supercard, which was agreed.[98] The title match was confirmed on March 24. It was also announced that G1 Supercard would feature a double main event with the IWGP Heavyweight and ROH World Championship matches.[75] On March 31 at Road to G1 Supercard: Baltimore, Shane Taylor suggested on social media that he should replace him in the match and challenged him to a match where the winner would be in the match, where Scurll agreed and later that night defeated him to certify his status in the match.[99]

In the IWGP Intercontinental Championship match, Tetsuya Naito made his second title defense against Kota Ibushi. On March 10, 2019, Naito and Ibushi faced each other in a non-title match at the first round of the New Japan Cup, which was won by Ibushi.[100] After Ibushi was eliminated of the tournament by Zack Sabre Jr.,[101] he would set his sights on the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, which later Naito taunted Ibushi during the other nights of the New Japan Cup.[102][103] Ibushi also expressed his disapproval on the conditions Naito treated the IWGP Intercontinental Championship belt and asked for a title match.[104] The title match was confirmed on March 24.[75]

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The Briscoe Brothers (Mark and Jay Briscoe) (left) and Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) (right), who took part of a four-way "Winner Takes All" match for the IWGP and ROH Tag Team Championships

The G1 Supercard featured a double title match for the IWGP and ROH World Tag Team Championships in a "Winner Takes All" match.[105] On February 22, 2019, at the first night of the Honor Rising: Japan, Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) and The Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) took part in an eight-man tag team match against Tomoaki Honma, Toa Henare, Juice Robinson and David Finlay. Afterwards, the Guerrillas of Destiny turned on The Briscoe Brothers.[106] The following day, the Guerrillas of Destiny defeated Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL and SANADA) to win the IWGP Tag Team Championship. Later that night, The Briscoe Brothers defeated LifeBlood (David Finlay and Juice Robinson) to retain the ROH World Tag Team Championship. After the match, The Briscoe Brothers called out the Guerrillas of Destiny and challenged them to a "Winner Takes All" match at G1 Supercard, for both the IWGP Tag Team Championship and ROH World Tag Team Championship, which they accepted.[107] Prior to G1 Supercard, The Briscoe Brothers had a scheduled title defense against Villain Enterprises (Brody King and PCO) on March 15 at ROH 17th Anniversary Show, instead, NJPW announced the winners of the match on March 16 would face the Guerrillas of Destiny at G1 Supercard.[108] At ROH 17th Anniversary show, Villain Enterprises defeated The Briscoe Brothers to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship.[109] However on March 22 at Road to G1 Supercard: Baltimore, The Briscoe Brothers invoking their rematch against Villain Enterprises for the ROH World Tag Team Championship.[110] Two days later, NJPW announced a four-way tag team "Winner Takes All" match at G1 Supercard involving Los Ingobernables de Japón, The Briscoe Brothers, Guerrillas of Destiny and Villain Enterprises.[75] On March 31 at Road to G1 Supercard: Baltimore, Villain Enterprises would retain their titles by disqualification after Brody King hit Jay Briscoe with a chair from behind, leading to a big brawl between the two teams.[99]

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Will Ospreay who took part of a "Winner Takes All" match for the NEVER Openweight and ROH World Television Championships

The G1 Supercard featured another double title match for the NEVER Openweight and ROH World Television Championships in a "Winner Takes All" match, where Jeff Cobb will face Will Ospreay.[111] On March 16 at ROH 17th Anniversary show, after Jeff Cobb defended the ROH World Television Championship against Shane Taylor, ROH announced a double title match for the NEVER Openweight and ROH World Television Championships.[97] Ospreay and Cobb had previously faced each other in a tag team match at Honor Rising: Japan, where Ospreay pinned Cobb to win the match.[112] The title match was confirmed on March 24.[75]

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Taiji Ishimori who defend the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship in a three-way match against Bandido and Dragon Lee

In the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match, Taiji Ishimori made his third title defense against Dragon Lee and Bandido. On March 6, 2019, at NJPW's 47th-anniversary show, after Ishimori retained the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Jushin Thunder Liger, Ishimori challenged anyone from Ring of Honor to face him in a match at G1 Supercard for his title. Afterwards, Ishimori's challenged was accepted by Dragon Lee, who confronted him and instead he would be representing Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL).[113][114] Later that day, Bandido, who is representing ROH, also announced he wanted to be added to the match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship at the event.[115][116] The title match was announced on the following day.[116][117][105]

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Zack Sabre Jr. who defend the British Heavyweight Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi

In the British Heavyweight Championship match, Zack Sabre Jr. made his third title defense against Hiroshi Tanahashi. On March 21, 2019, Sabre and Tanahashi faced each other in a non-title match at the quarterfinals of the New Japan Cup, which was won by Tanahashi.[118] After Tanahashi was eliminated of the tournament by SANADA,[119] Tanahashi and Sabre would meet each other in a tag team match, where Sabre teamed with his Suzuki-gun stablemate Taichi and Tanahashi teamed with Will Ospreay. After Sabre and Taichi won the match, they attacked Tanahashi and Ospreay and Sabre posed with the British Heavyweight Championship.[93] In a backstage interview, Sabre challenged Tanahashi to a rematch at G1 Supercard for his British Heavyweight Championship.[120] The title match was confirmed on March 24.[75]

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Mayu Iwatani who defend her Women of Honor World Championship against Kelly Klein at the event.

In the Women of Honor World Championship match, Mayu Iwatani made her third title defense against Kelly Klein. On February 10, 2019 at ROH Bound By Honor, Mayu Iwatani defeated Kelly Klein to win the Women of Honor World Championship. During Klein's reign, she vowed to defend the championship in all of her singles matches.[121] On March 15 at ROH 17th Anniversary, Iwatani defeated again Klein to retain the Women of Honor World Championship.[95][97] Both Klein and Iwatani share two consecutive wins on one another, with Klein had previously defeating Iwatani during the semifinals of the Women of Honor Championship tournament in April 2018[122] and later in August during the 2018 5★Star Grand Prix.[123] The title match was confirmed on March 24.[75][124]

The event included a singles match between Dalton Castle and Rush for the event.[97] On March 16 at Ring of Honor Wrestling tapings, Castle challenged Rush to a match at G1 Supercard, which he accepted.[97] Also announced was a New York Street Fight match, after Bully Ray made an open challenge to anyone at G1 Supercard.[97] On March 31 at Ring of Honor Wrestling tapings, Ray and Silas Young attacked Mark Haskins, but Haskins's Lifeblood stablemates Bandido, Juice Robinson and Tracy Williams me the save.[125] Afterwards, Robinson announced he would be facing Ray at the event.[125]

Event Edit

Pre-show Edit

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
English Commentators Ian Riccaboni (ROH)
Colt Cabana (ROH)
Kevin Kelly (NJPW)
Chris Charlton (NJPW)
Toru Yano (Pre-Show/NJPW)
Caprice Coleman (NYC Street Fight match/ROH)
Mandy Leon (WOH World Championship match/ROH)
Nick Aldis (ROH World Championship match/ROH)
Japanese Commentators Milano Collection A.T.
Katsuhiko Kanazawa
Soichi Shibata
Kazuaki Kusanagi
Kazuo Yamazaki
Shinpei Nogami
Ring announcers Bobby Cruise (ROH)
Makoto Abe (NJPW)
Referees
Chris Roberts (RPW)
Kenta Sato (NJPW)
Marty Asami (NJPW)
Paul Turner (ROH)
Tiger Hattori (NJPW)
Todd Sinclair (ROH)
Red Shoes Unno (NJPW)

The pre-show featured one match, the Honor Rumble match. Kenny King and Minoru Suzuki began the match, with new wrestlers entering each minute. King Haku and The Great Muta were surprise entrants, while Colt Cabana replaced Toru Yano after Yano entered in the match as another entrant. Shaheem Ali and LSG were the first eliminated when Beer City Bruiser threw them over the top rope. Wrestlers worked to eliminate each other. Near the end, Suzuki was eliminated after a Cross-Armbreaker attempt on Tomohiro Ishii, The Kingdom (TK O'Ryan and Vinny Marseglia) eliminated Cheeseburger, Haku and Ishii throwing them over the top rope, leaving themselves and Liger and Muta in the match. The Kingdom would be eliminated by Muta and Liger and afterwards King returned to the ring and threw Liger and Muta over the top rope eliminating them and winning the match. Afterwards, Muta returned to the ring and spit the Poison Mist on King's face.

Undercard Edit

The first match of the show saw Will Ospreay and Jeff Cobb facing each other in a "Winner Takes All" for the ROH World Television and NEVER Openweight Championships. Before the match, it was shown the opening of the event. In the end, Ospreay went for an avalanche Storm Breaker but Cobb reversed it into a headbutt followed by an avalanche Tour of the Islands, and another Tour of the Islands on Ospreay to win the match. Following the match, WAL Heavyweight Champion Micheal Todd appeared in the crowd.

The second match saw Rush facing Dalton Castle. The match ended with Rush hitting the Skewer Dropkick on Castle winning the match at 15 seconds. Following the match, Castle would turn heel, attacking The Boys and laying one of The Boys with the Bangarang. Castle would leave the arena frustrated. Afterwards, it was shown an advertisement for the first night of the G1 Climax 29.

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Kelly Klein, who defeated Mayu Iwatani to win the Women of Honor World Championship

The third match of the show saw World Wonder Ring Stardom's Mayu Iwatani defending the Women of Honor World Championship against Kelly Klein. Before the match, Mandy Leon joined the English announcers' table for the commentary. It was shown backstage that Juice Robinson was attacked by a mystery person. In the end, Klein would perform the K Power on Iwatani twice to win the match. Following the match, Klein and Iwatani showed signs of respect with the two hugging. Afterwards, Velvet Sky and Angelina Love appeared to confront the new champion, only to Mandy Leon to attack Klein, alongside Love and Sky. Jenny Rose and Stella Grey would try to save Klein, but they were overpowered by Leon, Love and Sky. Angelina and Sky painted Klein's head with lipstick, and revealed their trio as the "Allüre".

The event would enter in a break with Caprice Coleman joining for commentary. American rapper Mega Ran would perform his song "Goin’ to the Garden", but Bully Ray came out and confront him, leading Ran to be pushed and being hit with Ray's chain, Flip Gordon came out and answered Ray's open challenge. Silas Young and Shane Taylor would help Ray, only to Ray hit Gordon with a Kendo Stick. LifeBlood members Juice Robinson and Mark Haskins came out and helped Gordon turning the match to a six-man tag team match. In the end, Gordon would perform the Four Flippy Splash on Ray to win the match.

The fifth match of the show saw Taiji Ishimori defending the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Dragon Lee and Bandido. In the end, Lee would perform the Desnacadora on Bandido to win the match. Following the match, Lee and Bandido showed signs of respect, with Bandido putting the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship title belt on Lee's waist.

The sixth match of the show featured Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) facing Villain Enterprises (Brody King and PCO), The Briscoe Brothers (Mark and Jay Briscoe) and Los Ingobernables de Japón (EVIL and SANADA) in a "Winner Takes All" for the ROH World and IWGP Tag Team Championships. In the end, while the referee was down, Brody King went for a move, only to Jado hit him with a kendo stick, allowing Tonga to perform the Gun-Stun followed by the Super Powerbomb alongside Loa to win the match. After the match, an invasion happened, meanwhile Toru Yano would steal the IWGP Tag Team Championship title belts and left the arena with them.

The seventh match of the show saw Zack Sabre Jr. defending the British Heavyweight Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi. In the end, Sabre went into a Cross-Armbreaker but transitioned into the Jim Breaks Ambar, to submit Tanahashi for the win.

The ninth match featured Tetsuya Naito defending the IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Kota Ibushi. Before the match, it was shown a promo of the match. In the end, Naito and Ibushi went for an exchange of blows, Naito hit a Destino but Ibushi kicked out in two, Naito would go for another Destino, but Ibushi reversed it to a Roundhouse Kick, then a Double Knee on Naito but he would kick out in two. Ibushi would perform the Golden Bomb to another nearfall, followed by the Kamigoye to become the new IWGP Intercontinental Champion.

Main EventEdit

Double Main Event IEdit

G1 Supercard featured two main event matches. In the first double main event, Jay Lethal defended the ROH World Championship against Matt Taven and the winner of the 2018 Survival of the Fittest tournament Marty Scurll. Before the match, it was shown a promo of their match. At the end of the match, Taven would hit Scurll with a chair, falling to the floor. Lethal and Taven would exchange blows in the top of the ladder, allowing Taven to hit Lethal with the ROH World Championship title belt and retrieve it to win the match, becoming the fifth triple crown Champion and the second grand slam champion in ROH.

Double Main Event IIEdit

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Kazuchika Okada, who defeated Jay White to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at the main event.

In the second double main event, Jay White defended the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against the winner of the 2019 New Japan Cup Kazuchika Okada. Before the match, it was shown a promo of their match. At the end of the match, White went for a Backslide and attempted to perform the Blade Runner, Okada reversed it to a Backslide and attempted the Rainmaker, but White countered it, only for Okada to hit a Dropkick and went for two consecutive Rainmakers, but White reversed it to the Blade Runner, but Okada countered to a spinning Tombstone Piledriver and a third Rainmaker to win the match and become the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion.

Aftermath Edit

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Chris Jericho, who returned to challenge Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

Following the event, it was announced that Hiroshi Tanahashi got injured during his match with Zack Sabre Jr.[126], Tanahashi made his return, made his intention of challenging for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, only to be confronted by Jay White, who claimed that he should be challenging for the title, and afterwards attacked him.[127][128] Meanwhile, Kazcuhika Okada made his first title defense on May 4 at Wrestling Dontaku defeating SANADA. After the match, Chris Jericho returned to NJPW in a pre-taped vignette, challenging Kazuchika Okada to a match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall.[127][129] On June 5, in another pre-taped vignette, Jericho would provoke Okada, while Okada asked what the Painmaker was, saying that the title is not a toy and that all NJPW needs is a Rainmaker.[130] At Dominion, Okada retained the IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Following the match, Jericho attacked Okada leading to Hiroshi Tanahashi leave the commentary table to make the save, Jericho would cut a promo, leave the arena and would grab some of the confetti money from Okada's entrance and put it in his pants and shoving it into the camera.[131]

Before the event, Kota Ibushi made his first title defense against Zack Sabre Jr. at Sengoku Lord in Nagoya, afterwards, Tetsuya Naito made his intentions of challenging for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.[132] Following the Wrestling Dontaku on May 4, Naito challenged Ibushi for the title at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall, where Ibushi accepted.[127][133] At Dominion, Naito defeated Ibushi to win the title, ending his three-years Dominion losts.[131]

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Will Ospreay, who defeated Shingo Takagi to win the Best of the Super Juniors.

Also, Jeff Cobb lost the NEVER Openweight Championship to Taichi.[134] On May 4 at Wrestling Dontaku, Taichi would offer Tomohiro Ishii a title match, which was later made official at Dominion 6.9 in Osaka-jo Hall.[135] Cobb would later lose the ROH World Television Championship to Shane Taylor in a Four-way match also involving Hirooki Goto and Brody King at War of the Worlds.[136] Taichi would loose the title to Ishii.[131]
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Jon Moxley, who defeated Juice Robinson to win the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.

On May 3 in the first night of Wrestling Dontaku, Dragon Lee made his first title defense of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Taiji Ishimori.[134] The following day, in the second night of the event, El Phantasmo was revealed as the newest member of Bullet Club, which had previously been teased in a vignette.[127][137] On June 5, Ospreay defeated Shingo Takagi to win the 2019 Best of the Super Juniors, ending Takagi's eight-month undefeated streak.[130][138] At Dominion, Ospreay defeated Lee to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.[131]

Meanwhile, on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku it was announced in a pre-taped vignette, that someone was challenging Juice Robinson for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.[127][139] On May 27, the person was revealed to be Jon Moxley (formerly Dean Ambrose in WWE).[140] On June 5, Moxley defeated Robinson to win the IWGP United States Championship.[130] At Dominion, Moxley announced his intensions of entering the G1 Climax tournament.[131]

Meanwhile, following G1 Supercard, the Guerrillas of Destiny would later regain possession of the IWGP Tag Team Championship title belts, while also stealing the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship title belts from Makabe and Yano.[141] On April 22, during the Road to Wrestling Dontaku tour, The Most Violent Players and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated the Guerrillas of Destiny and their brother Hikuleo to retain the NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship. Afterwards, Makabe attacked the Guerrillas of Destiny, while Yano stole back their titles.[141] Following at Wrestling Hinokuni, the Guerillas of Destiny would defeat Makabe and Yano to retain their titles and getting back possession of them.[142] On May 12 at the Ring of Honor Wrestling, after the Guerrillas of Destiny retained the ROH World Tag Team Championship against The Briscoe Brothers, EVIL and SANADA challenged the Guerrillas of Destiny to a rematch for the IWGP Tag Team Championships. At Dominion, the Guerrillas of Destiny retained the titles against EVIL and SANADA.[131]

On February 9, 2020, NJPW announced they would held a second show in the Madison Square Garden named Wrestle Dynasty on August 22, 2020.[143]

Enzo Amore and Big Cass's invasion Edit

After the eight-match for the IWGP and ROH World Tag Team Championships, former WWE Superstars Enzo Amore and Big Cass passed the security and invaded the arena, attacking The Briscoe Brothers (Mark and Jay Briscoe) and Bully Ray, who came to aid The Briscoe Brothers. This situation led to the security getting involved and escorting them out of the arena. Multiple online reports stated that Enzo and Cass's appearance was a work, being unknown if the duo signed with ROH or NJPW.[144]

Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter would explain that "many of the wrestlers weren’t actually aware that the two were going to be there, including the NJPW wrestlers. Some of them knew, but some of them didn’t in that match. Nobody from New Japan was told they were going to do it."[145]

Weeks later, it was revealed that Ring of Honor was against the signing of the duo. Some speculations told that the invasion was written by the ROH creative team, but those involved in the match didn’t know what was happening. [146]

ReceptionEdit

G1 Supercard was mostly praised in the NJPW's matches and angles, criticizing mostly ROH's matches and angles. Larry Csonka of 411Mania described the event as "a tale of two shows, with NJPW delivering bangers and a NJPW experience, while ROH failed and opted to trot out the Beautiful People, gave a cold Kenny King another title chance, went too long with Bully Ray, Klein’s title win, and wasted a huge opportunity on the biggest platform possible."[147]

Sean Radican of PWTorch praised the show for being a "really good show" saying that, "ROH portions of the show weren’t very good at all outside of the Ladder match and even that had issues as the crowd didn’t invest much in the match and were really flat for Taven winning. The NJPW matches really delivered big time."[148]

Neil David of the Voices of Wresting said it was "very much two shows; the split between the two companies just feels two vast at this point. While very little was bad on the show, the low points were firmly on the ROH side."[149]

Results Edit

# Results[150] Stipulations Times[151][152]
1D Oedo Tai (Kagetsu and Hazuki) and Jenny Rose defeated Sumie Sakai, Hana Kimura and Stella Grey Six-Woman Tag Team match
2P Kenny King won by last eliminating Jushin Thunder Liger 30-man Honor Rumble match for a future ROH World Championship match 42:21
3 Jeff Cobb (c; ROH) defeated Will Ospreay (c; NEVER) Winner Takes All; Singles match for the NEVER Openweight Championship and ROH World Television Championship 12:52
4 Rush defeated Dalton Castle (with The Boys) Singles match 0:15
5 Kelly Klein defeated Mayu Iwatani (c) (with Sumie Sakai) Singles match for the Women of Honor World Championship 10:38
6 Juice Robinson, Flip Gordon and Mark Haskins defeated Bully Ray, Silas Young and Shane Taylor Six-Man Tag Team New York Street Fight match 15:01
7 Dragon Lee defeated Taiji Ishimori (c) and Bandido Triple Threat match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship 8:54
8 Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) (c; IWGP) (with Jado) defeated Villain Enterprises (Brody King and PCO) (c; ROH), The Briscoe Brothers (Mark Briscoe and Jay Briscoe) and Los Ingobernables de Japón (EVIL and SANADA) Winner Takes All; 4-Corners Survival Tag Team match for the IWGP and ROH World Tag Team Championships 9:45
9 Zack Sabre Jr. (c) (with Taka Michinoku) defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi Singles match for the British Heavyweight Championship 15:14
10 Kota Ibushi defeated Tetsuya Naito (c) Singles match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship 20:53
11 Matt Taven defeated Jay Lethal (c) and Marty Scurll Triple Threat Ladder match for the ROH World Championship 29:35
12 Kazuchika Okada defeated Jay White (c) (with Gedo) Singles match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship 32:33
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • Videoicon – refers to the video of that match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match
  • P – indicates the match took place on the pre-show

Honor Rumble MatchEdit

Honor Rumble Match match entrances and eliminationsEdit

     – Ring Of Honor
    New Japan Pro Wrestling
     – Free agent
     – Winner
Draw[153] Entrant Promotion
1 Kenny KingROH
2Minoru Suzuki, Minoru SuzukiNJPW
3Cheeseburger, CheeseburgerROH
4Beer City Bruiser, Beer City BruiserROH
5Sho, ShoNJPW
6Shingo Takagi, Shingo TakagiNJPW
7BUSHI, BUSHINJPW
8Yoh, YohNJPW
9Shaheem Ali, Shaheem AliROH
10Rhett Titus, Rhett TitusROH
11LSGROH
12Ryusuke Taguchi, Ryusuke TaguchiNJPW
13Will Ferrara, Will FerraraROH
14Chase Owens, Chase OwensNJPW
15Rocky Romero, Rocky RomeroNJPW
16Brian Milonas, Brian MilonasROH
17Bad Luck Fale, Bad Luck FaleNJPW
18Jonathan Gresham, Jonathan GreshamROH
19Tracy Williams, Tracy WilliamsROH
20Yoshi-Hashi, Yoshi-HashiNJPW
21PJ Black, PJ BlackROH
22Jushin Thunder Liger, Jushin Thunder LigerNJPW
23TK O'Ryan, TK O'RyanROH
24Vinny Marseglia, Vinny MarsegliaROH
25Delirious, DeliriousROH
26Tomohiro Ishii, Tomohiro IshiiNJPW
27A Toru Yano[lower-alpha 1] NJPW
Colt Cabana[lower-alpha 1] ROH
28Hirooki GotoNJPW
29Haku, HakuFree Agent
30The Great Muta, The Great Muta
  1. 1.0 1.1 Toru Yano came out as the #27 entrant, but ultimately gave his spot to Colt Cabana. However, Yano also entered the match a few minutes later.

See alsoEdit

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