The latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter contains some much-needed information on this past weekend’s G1 Supercard event, specifically relating to the controversial appearances of former WWE Superstars Enzo Amore and Big Cass.
The two were apparently disguised and sat ringside with a few other planted fans during the Fatal 4-Way tag team match. Security was reportedly told that there would be an unspecified angle following the match, which is why nobody else interfered in the brawl.
When the fight broke out with The Briscoes, both teams were instructed to make it look as real as possible, and were throwing some very legitimate punches back and forth. That was another reason the brawl was never mentioned on the FITE TV stream — they wanted to make it seem “real” and to get people talking about it organically.
I was in the arena at the time and sitting in the press box, and I believe a big reason the next match between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Zack Sabre Jr. got very little reaction was that thousands of people were looking at their phones, trying to figure out what was going on. It looked like a Bray Wyatt “firefly” entrance.
Ring of Honor reportedly told as few people as possible about the angle before it took place. The Briscoes obviously knew, as did Bully Ray who quickly joined in on the brawl. The rest of the competitors in the match were NOT informed including Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa, who were obviously frustrated by being upstaged just seconds after winning a high profile, double title match.
Guerrillas of Destiny walked past the fight as it was still happening and walked into the post-fight media area. They were clearly angry at this point, although it’s hard to tell how much of that was legitimate, and how much of it was just their usual gimmick being pissed off at everyone and everyone. Tama shouted expletives and literally threw his ROH World Tag Team Championship across the room.