History was made as New Japan and Ring of Honor entered “the house that Vince built” with a show in Madison Square Garden for the 2019; G1 Supercard. Its be a newsworthy show for so many reasons… Commentary initially comes from the trio of Ian Riccaboni, Kevin Kelly and Colt Cabana.
Date: April 6, 2019
Arena: Madison Square Garden – Location: New York, New York
NEVER Openweight and ROH World Television Championships:
Will Ospreay (NEVER Openweight) vs. Jeff Cobb (ROH TV)
More powerful, but not less agile, Jeff Cobb gave the idea of being slightly on top against a fast opponent with the ability to fly. Ospreay was close to triumph after an OsCutter , but the effects of the finisher did not go beyond the near fall and the victory ended up smiling to Jeff Cobb after two Tour of the Islands , the first one from the top rope and a second in the center of the ring.
Winner : Jeff Cobb
Rating : 7.5/10
Rush vs. Dalton Castle
Rush entered at full speed, with a sequence of kicks, and achieved victory in a few seconds.
Winner : Rush
G1 Supercard; Women of Honor World Championship:
Mayu Iwatani (c) vs. Kelly Klein
The agile Japanese champion against the mature main candidate, who ended up winning and winning the title after applying a K Power .
Winner : Kelly Klein (new champion)
Rating : 5/10
New York City Street Fight:
Bully Ray, Silas Young and Shane Taylor
vs. Flip Gordon, Juice Robinson and Mark Haskins
Authentic pitched battle, which initially was to be a duel between Bully Ray and Juice Robinson and later between Bully Ray and Flip Gordon. At one point, Bully Ray looked cornered and destined for defeat, but minutes later he was super powerbombing Gordon onto a table. Still, he ended up being the one on his team to suffer defeat, after a sequence of strikes that culminated in a 450 Splash by Flip Gordon.
Winners : Flip Gordon, Juice Robinson and Mark Haskins
Grade : 7/10
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship:
Taiji Ishimori (c) vs. DragonLee vs. Bandit
Chaotic combat from the very beginning. Victory smiled at Dragon Lee, after a Desnucadora.
Winner : Dragon Lee (new champion)
Rating : 7.5/10
Winner takes all for the IWGP Tag Team and ROH World Tag Team Championships:
Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) (IWGP)
vs. Villain Enterprises (PCO and Brody King) (ROH)
vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Sanada and Evil)
vs. The Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe)
Another chaotic fight. All teams had occasions when victory was very close, but there were too many people to prevent the fight from coming to an end. After knocking PCO out of the ring through a hair-raising projection, the Guerrillas of Destiny achieved victory after a Super Powerbomb on Brody King.
Winners : Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa)
Grade : 7/10
G1 Supercard; British Heavyweight Championship:
Zack Saber Jr. (c) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
Quite technical combat, in contrast to the previous ones. Zack Saber Jr. dominated during the opening minutes, managing to neutralize the opponent through his vast arsenal of submissions. Interestingly, it was after Tanahashi had given some air of his grace that Saber Jr. reached triumph via submission.
Winner : Zack Saber Jr.
Grade : 6/10
G1 Supercard; IWGP Intercontinental Championship:
Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Kota Ibushi
Typically Japanese combat, with a calm start and a gradual increase in intensity, is full of strikes and with the neck as the main target for most of the blows. At one point, Ibushi provided a spectacular moment when he hit a Hurricanrana from the edge and out of the ring. Naito responded in much the same coin, with a Super Hurricanrana.
Kota Ibushi was very close to achieving victory after a German Suplex from outside into the ring, but the effects did not go beyond the near fall . Naito responded with a kind of Package Piledriver, but it had the same failure.
After an exchange of strikes, Naito managed to apply a Destino, but the finisher did not give him the victory. Ibushi responded with two Kinshasa in a row and then with a Powerbomb, but Naito got away with it on both occasions. However, Ibushi was filled with strength and applied a violent knee to Naito to win the title.
Winner : Kota Ibushi (new champion)
Rating : 8/10
Ladder match for the ROH World Championship:
Jay Lethal (c) vs. Marty Scurll vs. Matt Taven
Yet another match in which chaos reigned from the opening minutes. Three contrasting styles clashing: Matt Taven more powerful, Jay Lethal more technical and Marty Scurll more resourceful.
After Matt Taven planted Marty Scurll through a table after a vicious Spear from inside out, the same Taven went through a table after suffering a Diving Elbow from Jay Lethal, who dove from the top of a ladder in the adjacent zone. to the ring. Even so, Taven managed not only to interfere in the fight between Scurll and Lethal, but also managed to fix the competition and capture the belt.
Winner : Matt Taven (new champion)
Rating : 8/10
IWGP Heavyweight Championship:
Jay White (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada
Jay White started with some mind games, stepping out of the ring to create anxiety and irritation in his opponent. However, Okada was always calm, achieving a long series of strikes.
Combat played at a slow pace, although with some impactful moments in the middle, having gained intensity and emotion in the final end. Okada was very close to triumph after two Rain makers, but Jay White managed to kick out at the last moment. In a phase in which Okada was on top, Gedo was expelled by the referee and White took advantage of the distraction to hit the opponent with a low blow that served as the kick-off for a super exciting and unpredictable phase, which culminated in a Spinning Tombstone Piledriver and a Rain Maker that would go on to secure victory for Okada.
Winner : Kazuchika Okada (new champion)
Rating : 8/10