NJPW Cancel All Shows Until April 18

The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause major disruption...

The coronavirus pandemic has caused major disruption to New Japan Pro-Wrestling. The promotion hasn't had a show since February 26 and their last pay-per-view was back on February 9 with The New Beginning In Osaka. Last week, NJPW announced there would be no shows for a while longer as they cancelled Sakura Genesis on March 31 and night one of the Road To Wrestling Dontaku tour on April 11.

New Japan has now been forced to cancel even more events as they announced earlier today that all events until April 18 had been scrapped because of COVID-19. 

In a prepared statement, NJPW wrote: 

"In response to the continuing Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has arrived at the decision to cancel five additional Road to Dontaku events that were scheduled between April 12 and 18. These cancellations join the cancelled Sakura Genesis event on March 31 and the first date on the Road to Dontaku tour on April 11.

"We deeply apologise to fans who were looking forward to these events. Ultimately, the health and safety of our fans, wrestlers and staff, as well as society at large is our utmost concern, and we will make announcements about events scheduled after April 18 upon careful monitoring of this developing situation.

"We will soon announce refund procedures for the affected events. Programs like the NJPW Together Project will continue to see wrestlers and staff come together to bring the best possible content to fans while we eagerly await the opportunity to entertain live crowds once more."

New Japan fans will have lots of content to watch, however. The promotion recently added English subtitles to their Kazuchika Okada documentary and the 2018 movie My Dad Is A Heel Wrestler starring Hiroshi Tanahashi will be available with English subtitles from April 4. 

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