By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
AXS TV issued the following press release to announce that it will air the ROH and NJPW G1 Supercard in two parts on April 12-19.
AXS TV—the exclusive U.S. broadcast home for New Japan Pro Wrestling—is proud to announce it will premiere a two-part special from the sold-out G1 SUPERCARD, a co-promotion between Ring of Honor and NJPW at Madison Square Garden, on Friday, April 12 and Friday, April 19 at 8pE/5pP.
The G1 SUPERCARD, which takes place on April 6, features many of NJPW’s biggest stars including IWGP Heavyweight Champion Jay White in his first career defense of the title against 2019 New Japan Cup winner and four-time champion Kazuchika Okada. Also scheduled for the event, IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito takes on Kota Ibushi, ROH World Champion Jay Lethal puts his title on the line in a three-way match with Matt Taven and Marty Scurll.
Full match listings are available here. The match schedule for AXS TV’s two-part special is forthcoming.
“This is a historic day for professional wrestling at Madison Square Garden and we are excited to bring it to our viewers on AXS TV,” said AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon. “Thank you to the great team at ROH for working with us to bring milestone event to all the fans that watch NJPW weekly on AXS TV.”
“G1 Supercard will be an epic event for Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling and we are thrilled that wrestling fans across America will get to experience it on AXS TV,” said Joe Koff. Chief Operating Officer Ring of Honor Wrestling.
NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING airs every Friday night at 8pE on AXS TV.
Powell’s POV: I will be doing live coverage of the G1 Supercard as it airs on HonorClub, New Japan World, FITE TV, and pay-per-view television on April 6. That said, AXS broadcasting the event on delay is good exposure for ROH in particular (NJPW airs weekly on AXS TV), and great news for fans who will be unable to watch the pay-per-view.
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