New Japan Pro-Wrestling suffered from a COVID-19 outbreak around Wrestling Dontaku and the promotion announced that nine wrestlers have tested positive for coronavirus. Changes had to be made to the Wrestling Dontaku card and multiple participants were pulled from matches while the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title bout between El Desperado and YOH was scrapped.
Tama Tonga addressed the outbreak on the latest edition of Tama's Island and he admitted everything is "a little chaotic on the foreigner side" because they don't know what's going to happen next.
"Some of our guys got hit up [tested positive for COVID]. Luckily, I am not one of those guys. Who are those guys? I don't know, but I'm not one of them. It's a little chaotic on the foreigner side as far as the uncertainty because we don't know what's going to happen next. That's just something we're all trying to figure out. Once we found out about the guys who tested positive, we're just trying to figure out what to do," Tama said.
"I was scheduled to go home after Grand Slam, but now, because of the situation, I have been prolonged and we changed the schedule. It's just not knowing that's causing people to go crazy. Props to New Japan. I've been quarantined since Wrestling Dontaku and they sent me a thermometer and tests. So far, so good."
Shortly after Wrestling Dontaku, the state of emergency was extended in Japan and NJPW made the decision to postpone both Wrestle Grand Slam shows.
H/T to Fightful