In a big turn of events, Ring of Honor has announced a joint show with New Japan Pro Wrestling at Madison Square Garden over WrestleMania weekend next year.
The news was announced Thursday with the show being billed as “G1 Supercard” and will be presented by the two promotions. They have announced Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito and all the top Ring of Honor talent for the show.
Ring of Honor had planned to run Madison Square Garden with the news made public by Chris Ripley, the CEO of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, during an interview with the Baltimore Business Journal last month. Shortly after that interview, a statement was made by Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff to PWinsider.com that they were not running the venue and stated it was a result of The Garden being contacted by the WWE. Koff suggested at the time there could have been legal action taken.
Now that Ring of Honor and New Japan have secured a date at The Garden, it will result in a head-to-head battle with the WWE, who will be running TakeOver that same night from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.