The recent announcement of the Ring of Honor and New Japan team up scheduled for Madison Square Garden for April the 6th (WrestleMania weekend) is turning a lot of heads. Prior to that booking, MSG hasn’t had another promotion work their historic venue since the early 1960s.
Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff spoke on the phone with the New York Post on the upcoming event entitled G1 Supercard, and credited Cody and the Young Buck’s side project “All-In” as the influence to expand their reach.
It certainly changed the landscape in the thinking of what is is possible and I think in this world of possibility I think they really clearly illuminated what is a possible. I think if there was ‘All In’ or not, because of the weekend and what it represents, and our involvement always in that weekend, we probably would have thought a little more cautiously about the size of the crowd. [‘All In’] certainly didn’t hurt.
Koff then elaborated on the controversy of WWE possibly swaying MSG away from their business, but how it all worked out in the end.
I think that’s a question better asked of Madison Square Garden because we were very aggressive in wanting that date and we thought we had that date, but we did what we had to do as a business. [MSG] did what they had to do as a business and I guess all of a sudden there was a phone call and we were able to work it out. … That’s probably their story to tell because they made the call [to us] and said let’s get on the phone and see if we can work this out. They wanted us. They knew that we would be good promotion. I think they were just looking for a satisfactory outcome for all parties.
Check out the full interview here.