Report: NJPW Hoping To Have Foreign Talent Back By October

As New Japan looks to resume a full schedule soon...

Earlier this week, New Japan Pro-Wrestling announced they will be returning on June 15 with the Together Project Special. This will be the promotion's first show in 110 days as they cancelled Best Of The Super Juniors 27, Sakura Genesis, and other events because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

NJPW Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi also revealed the New Japan Cup will still take place in 2020 and the tournament will run from June 16 to July 11.

The brackets for the tournament changed drastically from when they were originally announced in March as wrestlers not currently residing in Japan like Will Ospreay, "Switchblade" Jay White, Jeff Cobb, Toa Henare, and Juice Robinson were pulled from the cup. This is because all arrivals into Japan have to go into quarantine for 14 days.

Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that New Japan is aiming to have all foreign talent available by October. Some wrestlers like Will Ospreay and Juice Robinson should be available before then, however, as they have homes in Japan, but couldn't compete in the New Japan Cup because NJPW made the decision to hold the tournament only days before the announcement. 

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