Last week, Ring of Honor announced that it would be partnering with New Japan Pro Wrestling for the G1 Supercard in New York, the first non-WWE event to headline Madison Square Garden in nearly 60 years. Not only will the two promotions be running the world’s most famous arena, but they will be going head-to-head with NXT Takeover at the Barclays Center on April 6, 2019 just one day before WrestleMania XXXV.
Back in June it was announced that Ring of Honor had booked a date sometime next year to run Madison Square Garden, but less than one week later it was reported that the company had lost the booking. ROH COO Joe Koff publicly stated that MSG pulled out of their commitment after communications with WWE, and that their legal teams would be working on the situation.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, after news first broke WWE immediately contacted officials at The Garden in an attempt to block the WrestleMania weekend booking. ROH parent company Sinclair then threatened the venue with a lawsuit in response, and they were later contacted and offered their date back.
While WWE could have easily stretched out a series of court dates well past April 2019 to stop the show from happening, it still looks really bad on both them and MSG in court (not to mention in the public eye). The Observer is also noting that MSG wasn’t exactly thrilled about the idea of being involved in a lawsuit just to preserve their previously exclusive relationship with WWE, especially given that WWE isn’t even running The Garden a single time during WrestleMania week next year.