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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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WWE News: NXT Live Event Results From Venice, Florida (10/20/18)

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After being split up for two separate Live Event tours last weekend, the gang was back together as WWE’s NXT roster traveled through Florida this weekend for house shows.

Last night, some of the NXT Superstars were in Venice, Florida for an event that saw a lot of the brand’s top stars as The Undisputed Era took on Ricochet and The Street Profits in the main event, NXT UK Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley faced Deonna Purrazzo, on top of a Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match. Below are last night’s results:

  • Roberto Del Rios defeated Mohammed Faheen
  • Aliyah defeated MJ Jenkins
  • Hanson of War Raiders defeated Keith Lee
  • Jaxson Ryker & Lacey Evans defeated Amanpreet Singh & Kavita Devi
  • Matt Riddle defeated Luke Menzies
  • Fatal 4-Way Tag Team #1 Contenders Match: The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake) defeated Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Adrian Jaoude & Cezar Bononi and Heavy Machinery
  • NXT UK Women’s Title: Rhea Ripley retained over Deonna Purrazzo
  • Ricochet & The Street Profits defeated The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish & Roderick Strong) w/Adam Cole

Results c/o PWInsider

 

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WWE News: Miz TV With Rey Mysterio Set For SmackDown Live

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As we saw on this week’s edition of SmackDown Live, the 1000th episode of the broadcast, Rey Mysterio made his long-awaited WWE return, defeating United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura to qualify for the World Cup at Crown Jewel on November 2nd.

Also qualifying for the World Cup earlier that same night was The Miz, who earned a quick and cheap victory over Rusev with help from a distraction created by Aiden English. Now, ‘The A-Lister’ and Mysterio will return to the blue brand this coming Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina as Rey will be the guest on an all new edition of MizTV:

Rey Mysterio made his return to WWE in grand fashion at SmackDown 1000, defeating Shinsuke Nakamura to earn a spot in the WWE World Cup at WWE Crown Jewel. This Tuesday, The Master of the 619 will come face-to-face with one of his fellow competitors when he appears on “Miz TV.”

What does The A-Lister have in store for The Biggest Little Man? Find out on SmackDown LIVE, this Tuesday at 8/7 C on USA Network!

The Miz also had the following to say regarding next week’s SmackDown Live:

While matches for the World Cup (which will also feature John Cena, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins) have yet to be announced, it’s possible this segment is being used to lead into The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio at Crown Jewel as part of the tournament.

 

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ROH News: Big Matches Announced For Survival Of The Fittest

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Coming up after Ring Of Honor heads to Pittsburgh on November 3rd for Steel City Excellence, they will be off to Express Live! in Columbus, Ohio for the annual Survival Of The Fittest.

The Survival Of The Fittest tournament will pit all of the first round winners into a Six-Man Elimination Match where the winner receives a future shot at the ROH World Championship, currently held by Jay Lethal. While Survival Of The Fittest is described to see six one-on-one matches where winners go to the Six-Man Elimination, there are currently fourteen participants announced with reportedly more to come. So far Tracy Williams, Andrew Everett, Luchasaurus, Colin Delaney, Flip Gordon, Silas Young, Guerrero Maya Jr, Stuka Jr, Adam Page, PJ Black Jonathan Gresham, Marty Scurll, Beer City Bruiser and now Dalton Castle have been announced. At this time, it’s believed first round matches could consist of multiple Fatal 4-Ways this year, however that has not been confirmed.

As far as matches go, outside of the tournament we now know of two for the event as Ring Of Honor has revealed Cody and The Young Bucks will defend the ROH World Six-Man Tag Titles against The Kingdom. Additionally, we will see a Champions Challenge Match as ROH World Champion Jay Lethal teams with ROH World Television Champion Jeff Cobb to take on the ROH World Tag Team Champions, SoCal Uncensored’s Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky.

You can catch all the action live on Sunday, November 4th at 7PM EST on Honor Club.

 

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