Between NXT TakeOver: New York and WrestleMania 35, Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling are bringing their top stars to Madison Square Garden for the first time. The ROH/NJPW branded G1 Supercard event also includes representation of the other key members of this international, inter-promotional alliance with wrestlers featured from CMLL, Stardom, and RevPro.
There have been significant talent turnover, especially for ROH, and dramatic kayfabe developments since this show was first announced in July 2018 and sold out a month later. Most of the matches ended up being set up during the past month’s events surrounding both companies’ Anniversary Shows and the New Japan Cup, and several could have major consequences for ROH and/or NJPW’s futures. Most importantly, there’s the potential for some memorable in-ring action. In this article, we’ll break down the who, the what, and the why of the G1 Supercard.
But First, How Can I Watch The G1 Supercard?
There are a variety of options for watching this show! If you already have ROH’s streaming service, the $9.99 per month Honor Club, or New Japan’s streaming service NJPW World (about $9.00 per month), you can just open up one of those when the pre-show starts at 6:30 PM Eastern on Saturday, April 6, or the main card begins at 7:30. You can also buy the show as a PPV on Fite TV for $39.99, where the pre-show can also be watched for free. Additionally, AXS TV will broadcast the G1 Supercard as a two-part special on Friday, April 12 and Friday, April 19 at 8 PM Eastern.
The Honor Rumble
The one match we know for sure will be on the pre-show is the Honor Rumble, a Royal Rumble-style battle royal. The first person confirmed for the match was Jushin Thunder Liger and ROH later announced Kenny King, PJ Black, the Bouncers (Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas), and Cheeseburger. NJPW guys who haven’t been announced but seem like likely entrants because they’re booked on WrestleMania weekend shows but not the G1 Supercard include Rocky Romero, Tomohiro Ishii, Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh), Minoru Suzuki, Taka Michinoku, and the LA Dojo Young Lions.
Sumie Sakai, Hana Kimura, and Stella Grey vs. Kagetsu, Hazuki, and Jenny Rose
This six-woman tag featuring wrestlers from Stardom and WOH was initially teased on March 22 with the video above and officially announced with a tweet from referee Todd Sinclair on March 31. If you don’t have some form of love for Kimura, Kagetsu, and/or Hazuki, or just don’t know who these people are, their work is worth seeking out! The latter two’s Oedo Tai faction is one of the most fun in wrestling right now and it’s great to see them get a spot on such a high-profile platform.
NEVER Openweight and ROH World TV Championship Match: Will Ospreay (c) vs. Jeff Cobb (c)
Ospreay vs. Cobb, winner take all, is the first match on the card that raises the question of where the aftermath will take place. Will the winner of both titles spend time in both ROH and NJPW or will one company just lose a championship for a while?
Your guess of the answer to that question may determine who you want to win this match, but it’s hard to guess who will walk away with all the gold. Ospreay’s been on a “heavyweight killer” trajectory since shortly before Wrestle Kingdom 13, winning the NEVER Openweight Championship from Kota Ibushi, retaining against Dalton Castle, and defeating big men Bad Luck Fale and Lance Archer in the New Japan cup before falling to Kazuchika Okada. Cobb has looked similarly strong since he arrived in ROH in September 2018, with the only L on his record coming at the hands of Ospreay, who pinned him to win a tag team match on the NJPW/ROH Honor Rising tour.