In a historic turn of events, Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling announced Thursday that the two would team up to bring a show to New York City's historic Madison Square Garden in 2019.
ROH and NJPW will present the "G1 Supercard" on April 6, 2019 at The Garden. This comes on the heels of WWE allegedly blocking an attempt by ROH to run a show at the historic arena over WrestleMania weekend. Well, turns out, that might have been all rumor and innuendo because WrestleMania 35 will take place from nearby MetLife Stadium the next night on April 7.
"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?" Greg Gilleland, ROH General Manager, said in a news release.
"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.”
To put that all in layman's terms, this is a big deal. Not only is this the most famous arena in the world, but it's professional wrestling's most famous and historic arena. This past weekend, WWE ran a house show at The Garden -- A HOUSE SHOW -- and they brought back the 53-year-old Undertaker for the main event.
It's a big deal, and it's a big deal for ROH and NJPW, and that's not overblowing this.
NJPW President Harold Meij added that "This gives us a great chance to expose fans to NJPW in the building which housed so many memorable and compelling matches."
Madison Square Garden, of course, is directly connected with the evolution of the WWE. The arena hosted countless events including WrestleMania I, WrestleMania X, WrestleMania XX, Survivor Series, SummerSlams, and multiple other giant shows for the company over its five decades of history together.
The announcement was not lacking in detail as the two companies are already advertising Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi and Tetsuya Naito for the ROH/NJPW MSG show.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 8 for ROH Honor Club members, and Aug. 10 for the general public.