New Japan Pro-Wrestling Cancels Early May Korakuen Hall Events Due To State Of Emergency

As a result of Japan's central government declaring the third state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has canceled three upcoming events at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

NJPW has announced that three events scheduled for early May on the Road to Wrestle Grand Slam tour will no longer take place. Scheduled for May 8, 10, 11.

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From NJPW:

May 8, 10, 11 Korakuen Hall events cancelled

As a result of the State of Emergency declared across Tokyo, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has arrived at the decision to cancel three events on the Road to Wrestle Grand Slam tour on May 8, 10, and 11 at Korakuen Hall.

We deeply apologize to fans who were looking forward to these events. Though matches with no fans in attendance were considered, NJPW has decided that in order to act in the best interests of staff and wrestlers as they prepare for Wrestle Grand Slam in Yokohama Stadium on May 15 and Tokyo Dome on May 29, cancellation was the correct course of action.

The following events are covered by today’s cancellations:

Saturday, May 8, Korakuen Hall

Monday, May 10, Korakuen Hall

Tuesday, May 11, Korakuen Hall

All other events on our current schedule are set to proceed as planned, though New Japan Pro-Wrestling will be in constant contact with local authorities with regards to restrictions and regulations. Please check back on njpw1972.com for the latest event information. Fans in attendance are also reminded to check and comply with our live event policy.

All tickets for affected events will be refunded, with a procedure to be announced at a later date. If you have any ticketing inquiries, you can get in touch through our contact form, using the subject header ‘ticket inquiries’.

The emergency measures, according to NPR, stop short of a full lockdown, but they impose limits on restaurants and other businesses.

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