New Japan Pro Wrestling is returning to Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday, August 22, for an event called Wrestle Dynasty. New Japan’s official website wrote “stay tuned” for ticket information.
NJPW and ROH co-promoted last April’s G1 Supercard at MSG over WrestleMania weekend. The show sold out in minutes and saw Kazuchika Okada beat Jay White to capture his fifth IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
Wrestle Dynasty is taking place on the same day as NXT TakeOver in Boston, where WWE is hosting SummerSlam weekend. It is feasible that one could go to the New Japan show on Saturday, and attend SummerSlam on Sunday, which would mean sacrificing NXT.
Usually, the G1 Climax tournament starts in July and ends in early August. This year, it will begin on September 19 due to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
I went to G1 Supercard, and it was indeed a tale of two cities. The audience was electric for everything New Japan and cared little about Ring of Honor. ROH hurt its stock in the Garden even more by putting on a worked shoot with Enzo & Cass, followed by not putting the world title on their most popular wrestler, Marty Scrull.
It was stated on Wrestling Observer Radio that historically, wrestling promotions that sell out MSG for their first event have a significant drop in attendance the second time around.
I can’t argue with history; however, it’s a 100% New Japan show this time. That could mean the difference between another sell-out or a respectable attendance figure instead of the usual drastic decline.
Unless a deal with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) can be reached, Chris Jericho and current IWGP U.S. Champion Jon Moxley won’t be on the show. Their AEW contracts stipulate they can’t work for another promotion in America.
I don’t have the words to describe it, but there was something special about seeing Okada win the IWGP Title live on such a grand stage. That’s why I’ll probably go to NJPW in NYC over WWE in Boston, and I’m from Massachusetts.