ROH And NJPW Just Ended WWE’s 58-Year Stranglehold On Madison Square Garden

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Decades of pro wrestling history were upended via joint press release on Thursday when Ring of Honor, New Japan, and Madison Square Garden announced a joint show at “The World’s Most Famous Arena” for April 6, 2019. Unless an unannounced (but previously reported) planned show from Mexican promotion AAA materializes in the interim, that event will be the first non-WWE pro wrestling event ever held at the current MSG, which opened atop New York’s Penn Station in 1968. (Factoring in the other MSG locations, it will be the first non-WWE show since 1960.) The timing makes things more interesting still, as April 6 is the night before WrestleMania will be held at MetLife Stadium across the river in New Jersey. This puts the ROH/NJPW show up directly opposite WWE’s NXT TakeOver event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Oh, and earlier ROH had publicly claimed that WWE had gotten the date nixed.

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