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NJPW Changed Plans Due to Kenny Omega Signing With AEW, Note on G1 Supercard Main Event

February 12, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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– During this week’s The Wrestling Observer Radio (via WrestlingInc.com), Dave Meltzer discussed the changes in NJPW and the G1 Supercard event due to Kenny Omega signing with AEW. As noted, Jay White beat Hiroshi Tanahashi to capture the IWGP heavyweight title yesterday. You can check out 411’s full results from the event RIGHT HERE.

According to Meltzer, the original plan for the upcoming NJPW/ROH G1 Supercard was a Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada headliner for the IWGP heavyweight title. If not for Omega’s recent exit and move to AEW, he would’ve continued holding the title until the April event.

When Omega started looking at his options between WWE and AEW, NJPW officials opted to put the title back on Tanahashi, which happened last month at Wrestle Kingdom 13. After Omega officially signed with AEW this month, NJPW then decided to have White fill the void that was left by Omega and give the Switchblade the heavyweight title.

Additionally, Meltzer noted the current plan was for Okada vs. White to headline the G1 Supercard, that is if NJPW officials continue the previous booking plan that was in place for Omega. In other words, White is acting as a substitute in NJPW for Omega.

The G1 Supercard is set for Saturday, April 6. The event will be held at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.