NJPW Cancels 3 Korakuen Hall Shows Following State Of Emergency Declaration

3 Road to Wrestle Grand Slam shows have been scrapped

New Japan Pro-Wrestling has cancelled three shows due to the state of emergency in Japan. 

The May 8, May 10 and May 11 Road to Wrestle Grand Slam shows at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan have all been scrapped. NJPW noted they considered running the shows in an empty arena, but they decided cancellation was "the correct course of action" in the interests of staff and wrestlers ahead of the two Wrestle Grand Slam shows on May 15 and May 29.  

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in the Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures on Friday and the new measures came into place on Sunday. They will last until May 11 and the government believes the new state of emergency will be "short and powerful." 

This is the third state of emergency the Japanese Government has declared since the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

At the time of writing, New Japan's other shows during the two-week period are scheduled to go ahead. This includes Wrestling Satsuma no Kuni on April 28 and April 29 as well as the two Wrestling Dontaku shows on May 3 and May 4. 

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