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New Japan cancels two weeks of shows due to coronavirus outbreak

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With more than 80,000 cases reported in more than 40 countries, the coronavirus outbreak which began in China last year is an increasing cause of concern worldwide.

Japan has been among the hardest hit by Covid-19, and pro wrestling promotions there had already taken steps to protect their workers and fans from spreading the disease at shows. Now, with additional guidance from a government concerned about risk at mass gatherings, Japan’s biggest wrestling company is essentially shutting down for at least the first half of March.

Here’s New Japan’s announcement:

NJPW events March 1-15 canceled

In light of recommendations made on February 26 by the Japanese Ministry of Health connected to the new Coronavirus COVID-19, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has arrived at the decision to cancel all live events scheduled between Sunday March 1 and Sunday March 15.

Further announcements will be made at a later date. All ticket holders will be refunded. Please check njpw1972.com and social media in the coming days for details on the refund procedure.

NJPW has reached this difficult decision after careful consideration. Ultimately, the health and safety of our fans, staff and wrestlers is our highest concern. We remain deeply appreciative of your support of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

The following events are affected by today’s decision:

Anniversary Tour

Sunday March 1: Mito Municipal Gymnasium, Ibaraki
Monday March 2: Big Palette Fukushima

Anniversary Event

Tuesday March 3: Ota City Gymnasium, Tokyo

New Japan Cup

Wednesday March 4: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Saturday March 7: Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
Sunday March 8: Baycom Gymnasium, Hyogo
Monday March 9: Kochi Prefectural Gymnasium
Tuesday March 10: ZIP Arena Okayama
Thursday March 12: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Friday March 13: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
Saturday March 14: Makuhari Messe, Chiba

The card the 48th Anniversary Show was just announced yesterday, along with the bracket for the New Japan Cup tournament which would play out across many of these events. No word on how or when those will be made up.

Women’s wrestling promotion Stardom, which is owned by the same parent company as NJPW, already cancelled several shows and made one an empty-arena affair. DDT Pro has taken similar action for their events over the next two weeks.


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