The New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 Special takes place on July 1 and 2 in Long Beach, CA at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. At War of the Worlds, it was announced that New Japan would be creating a IWGP US Championship and that former ROH World Champion Jay Lethal was the first competitor announced for the tournament. Now, ROHWrestling.com can confirm that Lethal will face long-time nemesis Hangman Page in the first round of the tournament to crown the inaugural champion!
The tournament will feature former ROH title holders, including former ROH World Champion Michael Elgin and ROH World Television Tomohiro Ishii, as well as international stars like “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega, Tetsuya Naito, Zack Sabre Jr., and Juice Robinson.
Additionally, ROH will be competing throughout the event, including ROH World and IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions the Young Bucks, former ROH World Television Champion Marty Scurll, eight-time ROH World Tag Team Champions the Briscoes, former ROH World Television Champion Will Ospreay, former ROH World Tag Team Champions War Machine, current ROH World Television Champion KUSHIDA, and ROH World Championship number one contender Cody, who will be challenging for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and could leave Long Beach as both ROH World and IWGP Heavyweight Champion!
For more information, head to NJPW1972.com and keep it locked into ROHWrestling.com for more announcements on the stars of ROH competing around the globe!