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Official Press Release For G1 Supercard Sellout

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After tickets for the Ring Of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Supercard next April at Madison Square Garden sold out today, The Chairshot was sent the following press release:

ROH/NJPW G1 SUPERCARD SELLS OUT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Baltimore, MD, August 10, 2018 — About a hundred miles separate Murphy Recreation Center in Philadelphia from Madison Square Garden in New York City, but it might as well have been a million when Ring of Honor held its debut show before a few hundred fans at the rec center in 2002. ROH, then a small, DVD-based pro wrestling company, ever getting a date at “The World’s Most Famous Arena” was unfathomable.

The same could be said for New Japan Pro-Wrestling. While NJPW, which was formed in 1972, has drawn a number of large crowds at the Tokyo Dome over the years, it only recently expanded into the U.S. market and has yet to get a taste of “The Big Apple.”

That all changes on Saturday, April 6, 2019, when ROH and NJPW — otherwise known as “The Best Wrestling on the Planet” and “The King of Sports,”respectively — join forces to present G1 Supercard at sold-out Madison Square Garden.

Tickets for the event sold out within minutes after going on sale to the general public this morning.

“We are absolutely thrilled and equally humbled by the fan response to this show. We thank everyone for their support and let’s enjoy this together,” said ROH General Manager Greg Gilleland.

NJPW President Harold Meij added, “[Madison Square Garden] is one of the holy grails of pro wrestling. It’s the place to be. It’s not only a great honor for us, but it shows how far we’ve come after 46 years of being in wrestling.”

The word “historic” gets thrown around liberally in pro wrestling, but G1 Supercard will truly be a groundbreaking event, as the McMahon family of promoters has had a stranglehold on the Garden for nearly 60 years. The last time a wrestling show at MSG wasn’t promoted by a McMahon was on Nov. 14, 1960, when Jack Pfefer booked a card headlined by Bruno Sammartino versus Antonino Rocca, according to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer.

The storied history of pro wrestling at Madison Square Garden (the current MSG opened in 1968 and is the fourth building in New York to bear the name) dates back to the late 1800s and includes William Muldoon defeating Thiebaud Bauer in 1880 to become the first American Greco-Roman Heavyweight Champion; Sammartino winning the WWWF Title from “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers in 1963; Hulk Hogan beating The Iron Sheik for the WWF Title in 1984; and the first WrestleMania in 1985.

In April, ROH and NJPW will become part of that illustrious history. WWE Hall of Famer and current ROH star Bully Ray put it into perspective in a recent video on social media that was shot outside the Garden.

“The AWA never ran Madison Square Garden. ECW never ran Madison Square Garden. And WCW never ran Madison Square Garden,” he said. “This show will become a part of wrestling history. In 50 years, people will still be talking about the Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro-Wrestling [G1 Supercard]. … If you’re a wrestling fan, this is the place you want to be. This is the show you want to see. This is the memory that you want for the rest of your life.”

Fans will see all the top stars from both ROH and NJPW at G1 Supercard, and it’s expected that all the major titles from both companies will be defended.

“G1 Supercard is the ultimate super card,” Gilleland said. “You’re going to get the best of the best from both companies.”

ROH and NJPW have had a symbiotic working relationship since 2014 in which the companies exchange talent. Collaborating on an event the magnitude of G1 Supercard was the next logical step in their partnership.

“This is a joint venture that both companies are investing in,” Gilleland said, “and both companies share the same goal of delivering the absolute best possible show to the fans.”

The ROH-NJPW partnership is a natural one, as both companies place an emphasis on outstanding in-ring action. That’s not to say that there isn’t an abundance of charismatic performers and some pomp and circumstance, but what goes on bell to bell has always been paramount. ROH has provided a platform and been a proving ground for some of the most talented wrestlers in the industry, while NJPW has introduced American wrestling fans to the hard-hitting “Japanese strong style.”

Top stars such as CM Punk, Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan), AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Tyler Black (Seth Rollins) and Kevin Steen (Kevin Owens) first made a name for themselves in ROH. It’s a testament to the strength of the ROH brand of wrestling that the company has continued to grow and create new stars after the aforementioned wrestlers moved on.

Case in point: ROH’s Supercard of Honor, an annual extravaganza that began in 2006 and traditionally takes place in the spring during the biggest weekend on the pro wrestling calendar, drew a company-record crowd of more than 6,100 at last year’s show in New Orleans. That shattered the previous record of more than 3,200 fans at the 2016 Supercard of Honor event in Lakeland, Fla.

“Supercard of Honor has grown so much over the past three years, it was almost a no-brainer when the opportunity [to hold the 2019 Supercard show at Madison Square Garden] presented itself,” Gilleland said.

The “G1” part of G1 Supercard comes from the G1 Climax tournament, which NJPW has held every summer since 1991. The G1 Climax has become synonymous with great wrestling, as the tournament has produced a number of matches that are regarded by wrestling fans and pundits as some of the best of all time.

On July 1-2, 2017, NJPW, held its first shows in America. Titled the G1 Special, the two events in Long Beach, Calif., served as a prelude to the G1 Climax. NJPW returned to Long Beach for a show this past March and then presented another G1 Special last month in San Francisco.

“[G1 Supercard] will be another opportunity for New Japan Pro-Wrestling to show the fans in the United States what we’re all about,” Meij said, “especially given that big of an arena and that location. We haven’t been to the East Coast…. I think we have something unique to offer the fans. When they see what we’re all about, I think the fans will fall in love with our type of wrestling as well.”

By combining the G1 and Supercard brands, NJPW and ROH officials believe they are creating a can’t-miss event for wrestling fans around the world. They also view G1 Supercard as a launching point.

“I hope it’s just the beginning of something even greater to come from this,” Meij said.

Added Gilleland: “I think the possibilities are endless.”

 

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SummerSlam Results: Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin

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With three straight matches on SummerSlam coming to us from SmackDown Live, it was finally time for RAW to retake the action as Finn Balor met Baron Corbin in a rematch from last month’s Extreme Rules.

While most were expecting the usual out of this match, Balor surprised everyone with the reemergence of ‘The Demon King’ for the first time in nearly a year. With Constable Corbin caught completely off-guard. Right at the bell, Balor would connect with a Shotgun Dropkick and plant Baron with the Sling Blade, RAW’s Constable quickly looking to escape to the floor seeking refuge. The aggressive Finn would give no such breaks though, flying over the top with a somersault senton and driving Corbin into the barricade.

After sending Baron back into the ring, another Shotgun Dropkick was followed by another Sling Blade, then the Coup De Grace to finish it in under five minutes.

 

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SummerSlam Results: Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz

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After an incredibly physical WWE Championship match, the next match at SummerSlam was eight years in the making as the very personal feud between The Miz and Daniel Bryan came to a head.

With his fist in a ball, Bryan couldn’t wait to finally make ‘The A-Lister’ taste his knuckles, but the early head games by Miz forced him to wait just a bit longer. The Miz looked to use some of Bryan’s trademark offense against him in the beginning, but it was short-lived and those knuckle sandwiches were finally served up. However, ‘The A-Lister’ is no slouch inside the squared circle, showing Bryan that he was capable of delivering technical maneuvers with his own version of a surfboard.

Unfortunately for Miz, nobody knows better how to escape the hold and Daniel returned the favor before zeroing in with the Yes Kicks. His aggression would lead to a minor mistake that had Bryan crotched on the top rope and ‘The A-Lister’ would take control of the match, again showing his technical prowess with a cravate and stiff knees to the skull. Some heavy offense would follow by The Miz, peppering Bryan with big lefts before getting a little too overconfident. A flurry of big maneuvers by Daniel would follow, planting Miz into the canvas, flying to the outside and burying kicks to the chest, but ‘The A-Lister’ would show why he’s held numerous titles in the WWE and prevent a three count on multiple occasions.

After a barrage of slaps to the face and a stiff roundhouse kick to the head, Bryan would line up for the running knee that was countered into a Figure Four, then countered back into the Yes Lock. Miz would fight it off, catapulting Bryan head-first into the corner and following with a Skull Crushing Finale for a near fall, much to the dismay of ‘The A-Lister’. The fight would be taken to the apron where a missed kick by Bryan ended up landing into the ring post, leading to Miz slapping on the Figure Four, but Daniel would hang on long enough to reverse the pressure.

A flurry of heavy elbows would lead to the Yes Lock with Miz barely escaping to the outside, taking the fight out in front of Maryse at ringside who would hand her husband a foreign object out of the official’s vision. One shot and a quick cover, and that was all she wrote for Daniel.

 

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SummerSlam Results: WWE Championship

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With SmackDown Live already seeing one championship change hands, next up at SummerSlam was the WWE Title match that was no longer just about becoming champion after Samoa Joe brought AJ Styles’ family into the conversation.

With Styles’ wife and daughter sitting ringside, Joe would interrupt the usual championship introductions to point them out and needle ‘The Phenomenal One’ just one final time before the bell. It didn’t seem to phase AJ though, as the pace was slow to begin with the champion trying to get into Joe’s head by using irritating leg kicks. The challenger would start firing back with strikes of his own, utilizing what “brought him to the dance”, but Styles also owns a pretty good striking game and would show that he too could hang.

One mistake by ‘The Phenomenal One’ would give Samoa Joe the opening he needed to control the contest, showing his array of power, high-flying and strong strikes to put the champion in jeopardy. The resilient Styles would of course show the heart that’s allowed him to be the WWE Champion for an extended period of time, coming back to finally score with the Styles Clash, but it still wasn’t enough.

After another big exchange that left both men staggering to their feet, AJ would find his way to getting on the Calf Crusher that was quickly countered into the Coquina Clutch, but the champion was too close to the ropes. Joe’s frustration would start to come through as he called for the Muscle Buster, but AJ would fight it off only to be knocked to the outside by an enzuigiri. After depositing Styles into the steel steps, Joe would grab a mic and proclaim he would be the new daddy of AJ’s wife, sending ‘The Phenomenal One’ into a rage. The match became the last thing on Styles’ mind and he would decimate Joe with a chair, leading to a disqualification.

 

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