G1 Supercard at sold-out Madison Square Garden on April 6 was a show for the ages, as major championships changed hands, the ring-action throughout the night was off the charts and there were several surprises.
Here are five questions coming out of the historic event:
5. HOW MUCH OF A TOLL WILL BEING A DOUBLE CHAMPION TAKE ON JEFF COBB?
Cobb has been absolutely dominant since the moment he stormed onto the scene in ROH last year. After singlehandedly shutting down the ROH Top Prospect Tournament, he steamrolled Punishment Martinez in less than 90 seconds to win the ROH World Television Title in September. Cobb is still undefeated in ROH, and his reign as TV champ is at 192 days. His schedule is about to get significantly more difficult, however.
After defeating NEVER Openweight Champion Will Ospreay at G1 Supercard in a title vs. title match, Cobb now has two championships to defend -- one based in the U.S. and one based in Japan. How long will the Hawaiian powerhouse be able to hold onto both titles as he takes on the top contenders in both ROH and NJPW?
“Holding two belts means I have to work harder to keep both championships,” Cobb said, “but I can rest and relax when I’m dead.”
4. HOW FREQUENTLY WILL G.O.D. DEFEND THE ROH WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES?
The ROH World Tag Team Champions now reside in Japan, as NJPW’s Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) won the fourway winner-take-all match at G1 Supercard over then-ROH World Tag Team Champions PCO and Brody King, the Briscoes and EVIL and SANADA to add the ROH belts to the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Titles that they own.
It remains to be seen how often G.O.D. will come to the U.S. to defend the ROH World Tag Team Titles. Will ROH tag teams have to travel to Japan, where G.O.D. has the home-field advantage, to get a shot at the titles?
3. WHAT IS THE ALLURE’S AGENDA?
One of the more shocking moments at G1 Supercard occurred when Angelina Love and Velvet Sky -- two women new to Women of Honor but certainly not unfamiliar to wrestling fans -- walked down the aisle unannounced after Kelly Klein had defeated Mayu Iwatani to become the first two-time WOH World Champion. As Love and Sky stood across from Klein, Mandy Leon left the announce table and entered the ring, seemingly to have Klein’s back. Instead, Leon nailed Klein in the back of the head with one of her high heels.
Love, Sky and Leon -- known collectively as The Allure -- thwarted attempts by Jenny Rose and Stella Grey to make the save, and then humiliated the new champion by drawing an “A” on her forehead with lipstick. Why did The Allure target Klein? Is the WOH World Title what they’re after, or are they simply looking to be agents of chaos? And what is Leon’s motivation for joining forces with Love and Sky?
2. WHAT’S NEXT FOR DALTON CASTLE?
As impressive as the undefeated RUSH’s stunning 16-second victory over the former ROH World Champion was, it was hard not to feel for Castle, who has been mired in a slump for months and believed a win over RUSH at G1 Supercard would get him back on track. Any feelings of empathy for Castle quickly dissolved, however, when he took out his frustration on The Boys. Castle brutally attacked his longtime, loyal companions and left the ring to an overwhelming chorus of boos.
It wasn’t the first time Castle had put his hands on The Boys after a frustrating loss, but what transpired in the ring at Madison Square Garden was way over the line. Can things be repaired between Castle and The Boys? Will the fans forgive Castle? Does Castle even care to be forgiven?
1. WHAT KIND OF WORLD CHAMPION WILL MATT TAVEN BE?
Whether Taven was going on and on about a Kingdom conspiracy or he was walking around with a fake championship belt claiming to be the real world champion, the Kingdom leader has been getting under the skin of ROH fans, management and his peers for a long time. One can only imagine how obnoxious Taven will be now that he really is the ROH World Champion, a title he won at G1 Supercard in a Triple Threat Ladder Match over defending champion Jay Lethal and Marty Scurll. He also became just the second Grand Slam champion in ROH history.
Will Taven silence his detractors once and for all by proving to be a fighting champion? Or will he make a mockery of the title by relying on shortcuts and interference from Kingdom members TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia to retain his championship? Will he enjoy a long reign or quickly crack under the pressure of being the hunted instead of the hunter? He certainly has no shortage of worthy challengers, first and foremost among them being Lethal, who is owed a championship rematch.