16th Apr2019

‘ROH/NJPW G1 SuperCard’ Pay Per View Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this review of Ring Of Honor’s/New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 SuperCard, which emanated from Madison Square Garden in one of the great moments of wrestling history. I’m Nathan Favel and right here on Nerdly, we have one of the biggest events in wrestling history to discuss, so let’s do so.

Match #1: The 30-Man Honor Rambo: Winner – Kenny King

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was less about great wrestling and more about big surprises. The action was of a certain quality, which should neither condone nor condemn the match itself. In what may have set the precedent for the card, the Japanese wrestlers were the best thing here. Overall, this match got the crowd excited, which is just fine.

Match #2: Ring Of Honor World Television Champion Jeff Cobb (New Champion) defeated (New Japan Pro Wrestling) International Wrestling Grand Prix NEVER Open-Weight Champion Will Ospreay – Winner Takes All Match

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was great for a match that just barely got outside the ten minute mark. Actually, this was great for any match. The wrestling here was outstanding, with both guys looking like they were trying to rip each other to pieces. I could have gone with either man winning, but Cobb will do well with the big victory. This was a technical feast, which is a thrill to say about a match at Madison Square Garden. This was everything it needed to be and even a bit more.

Match #3: Rush defeated Dalton Castle

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – This was a massive failure. Having this match occur as a squash was a mistake. This match gave you little to no time with Rush, so you don’t get to appreciate what makes him so special. By having Castle lose so quickly, they made him look weak and pathetic. Now, Rush looks mundane and Castle looks like a jobber to the stars. What the hell were they thinking?

Match #4: Kelly Klein (New Champion) defeated Mayu Iwatani – (Ring Of Honor) Women Of Honor World Title Match

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – This sucked. Klein just couldn’t make her part of this match work. Mayu looked good, but losing just cut into what she could logically work into the match without ruining Klein’s victory. This was lousy and that’s just the way it is.

Match #5: Flip Gordon, Mark Haskins, & Juice Robinson defeated Bully Ray, Silas Young, & Shane Taylor – New York Street Fight Match

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was standard garbage wrestling stuff, so at least Ray looked comfortable here. Actually, I bet Ray had the time of his life here. Everyone else looked like they were having a good time with this match, but a good time does not always equal a great bout.

Match #6: Dragon Lee defeated Bandido and Taiji Ishimori – (New Japan Pro Wrestling) International Wrestling Grand Prix Junior Heavyweight Title Match

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was one of the best examples of a short match delivering a great match. The moves here were beyond belief and the action was as addictive as any-thing else in wrestling. Lee made for an interesting victor and this might just be the thing that turns him into a global sensation. How can you not get a thrill out of this one is the one million dollar question?

Match #7: (New Japan Pro Wrestling) International Wrestling Grand Prix Tag Team Champions The Guerrillas of Destiny defeated Ring Of Honor Tag Team Champions PCO & Brody King, The Briscoes, & SANADA & EVIL- Winner Takes All Match

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a really strong match that was utter chaos the whole way through. Any of these teams could have won the match and made the crowd happy in some way. These teams have a lot of chemistry together and it shows the whole way through this match. I think you’ll enjoy this one.

Match #8: Zack Sabre Jr. (Still Champion) defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi – RevPro British Heavyweight Title Match

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was another great match that gave us just what we needed. This was a classy sort of thing, with every move perfectly implemented. This was a fantastic match that is among some of the best wrestling this year.

Match #9: Kota Ibushi (New Champion) defeated Tetsuya Naito – (New Japan Pro Wrestling) International Wrestling Grand Prix Intercontinental Title Match

My Opinion: 4.5 out of 5 – This was magnificent stuff from bell to bell. These guys were like an atomic blast every five seconds. I can’t say enough about how good this match was.

Match #10: Matt Taven defeated Jay Lethal and Marty Scurll –Triple Threat Ladder Match For The Ring Of Honor World Title

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a lot of fun, but it wasn’t quite up to the standard of the great Ladder matches. This match got a lot of time and made good use of it. Taven winning was the worst decision of the three possible winners, but at least it went to some-one that can wrestle.

Match #11: (Main Event) Kazuchika Okada defeated Jay White – (New Japan Pro Wrestling) International Wrestling Grand Prix Heavy-Weight Title Match

My Opinion: 4.5 out of 5 – This was a fantastic main event that had the right winner. Okada was magnificent here and really felt like the quintessential top star here. White did wonderfully here as the ultimate barrier to Okada’s prize, which is what this match was all about. This ended the card and the show in the best manner possible. Overall, this was as good of a match as you’ll get in any wrestling league at any time.

News Of The Night:

  1. The Beautiful People (Angelina Love and Velvet Sky) debuted and joined forces with Mandy Leon.
  2. Enzo Amore and Big Cass debuted in an angle that saw them brawl with Bully Ray and The Briscoes.
  3. The Great Muta made a surprise debut in Madison Square Garden during the Honor Rambo.
  4. Bully Ray and Mega Man were involved in a worthless rap/promo that lasted almost a half hour.
  5. Dalton Castle attacked his Boys and may be going heel again.
  6. Toro Yano stole the IWGP Tag Team Titles after that match ended.

Final Verdict: 4.5/5

This was an interesting occasion. On one hand, we have the Ring Of Honor portion of the show, which was mostly terrible. On the other hand, the New Japan portion of the show was incredible. What can be made of a show that’s equal parts good and bad? I say, the good greatly outweighed the bad here and that this show delivered in most ways. History was made, and while Ring Of Honor proved it doesn’t have what it takes to make the distance, New Japan, with its own identity crisis still ongoing, showed it can do the right thing when the chips are down, mostly. The bell has been rung and now that some-thing other than the WWE has been a success in Madison Square Garden, you can bet that MSG will be looking outside of the WWE on a regular basis for its next wrestling shows.

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