Earlier this week, Jay White defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi to become the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion during the main event of NJPW The New Beginning in Osaka. Apparently, a key reason that White has reached the top of NJPW and obtained the IWGP Heavyweight Title so fast is directly correlated to Kenny Omega leaving the company.
On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer explained that NJPW & ROH's combined show, G1 Supercard, was originally supposed to be headlined by Kenny Omega vs. Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Omega would have never lost the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and he would be holding it until April in the scenario New Japan officials reportedly had planned.
When New Japan became aware of Omega weighing his options with WWE and AEW, they decided to put the title back on Tanhashi. Once Omega officially signed with AEW, NJPW made the decision to have White fill in the booking void that Omega left behind and secure the IWGP Heavyweight Title.
It was noted that the main event at G1 Supercard will likely be Okada vs. White if they continue using Omega's booking with White as his substitute.
Ring of Honor & New Japan Pro-Wrestling will present the G1 Supercard 2019 on Saturday, April 6 from Madison Square Garden in New York City.
I told you. #BreathewiththeSwitchblade— Switchblade (@JayWhiteNZ) February 11, 2019