WWE Comments On ROH/NJPW Event On MSG, ROH COO Comments On Show, All In, More

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As previously reported, Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling announced a joint event called G1 Supercard. That event will be taking place at the house that WWE built, Madison Square Garden, and on WrestleMania weekend. The event will be taking place the night before WrestleMania, on April 6th, 2019, likely head to head with NXT TakeOver, which will emanate from the Barclays Center. Talk about delivering a statement!

The New York Post caught up with Ring of Honor (ROH) COO Joe Koff to talk about the event, one which WWE officially commented on by saying “MSG is, of course, free to work with ROH [Ring of Honor] however they want.”

Joe Koff on if “ALL IN” influenced him and this show…

“It certainly changed the landscape in the thinking of what is is possible and I think in this world of possibility I think they really clearly illuminated what is a possible. I think if there was ‘All In’ or not, because of the weekend and what it represents, and our involvement always in that weekend, we probably would have thought a little more cautiously about the size of the crown. [‘All In’] certainly didn’t hurt.” 

Koff on if WWE had any influence on the show’s uncertain fate…

“I think that’s a question better asked of Madison Square Garden because we were very aggressive in wanting that date and we thought we had that date, but we did what we had to do as a business,. [MSG] did what they had to do as a business and I guess all of a sudden there was a phone call and we were able to work it out. … That’s probably their story to tell because they made the call [to us]and said let’s get on the phone and see if we can work this out. They wanted us. They knew that we would be good promotion. I think they were just looking for a satisfactory outcome for all parties.”

Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Marquee Events commented on the event…

We are thrilled to welcome Ring of Honor Wrestling and New Japan Pro-Wrestling to Madison Square Garden for the much anticipated G1 Supercard. We expect April 6th to be another memorable night of wrestling at The World’s Most Famous Arena.”