NJPW Cancels Sakura Genesis, Road To Dontaku Events, Announces More Together Project Content

NJPW won't be on the road doing wrestling shows for at least another couple of weeks.

The promotion announced that, due to the coronavirus outbreak, it has decided that its Sakura Genesis event originally set for March 31 and the Road To Dontaku show on April 11. NJPW had already canceled all shows that were originally set to take place from March 1 to March 21 due to the global pandemic. There's no word on the status of NJPW shows past April 11.

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From NJPW:

Acting under the latest recommendations laid out by the Japanese Ministry of Health, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has arrived at the decision to cancel Sakura Genesis, which was scheduled to take place Tuesday March 31 in Ryogoku Sumo Hall, and the Road to Dontaku event that was scheduled to take place in Sagamihara on Saturday 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 11 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.

Thank you for your continued support of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.


Sakura Genesis

Tuesday March 31: Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo

Road to Dontaku

Saturday April 11: Sagamihara Gion Arena, Kanagawa

With no wrestling shows, NJPW decided to create new content, called the NJPW Together Project, which features several stars doing unique interviews. A new wave of content of the Together Project was unveiled, this time focusing on Encyclopedia New Japanica, exploring some of NJPW’s greatest moments, which will drop on NJPW World on March 28.

From NJPW:

As cancellations continue to affect the NJPW calendar, we are continuing to prepare special programming for fans under the NJPW Together banner!

Coming up on March 25, we’re excited to bring you An Evening with Kazuchika Okada and Tiger Hattori, as one of the world’s greatest wrestlers talks to one of the greatest referees of all time.Then, on March 28, we’ll have Encyclopedia New Japanica, exploring some of NJPW’s greatest moments.

As March turns into April, go behind the scenes of Hiromu Takahashi’s return to the ring and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship glory with a special Get Sports documentary! Plus, some of NJPW’s best wrestlers from around the world reflect on their favourite career moments, biggest entrances and most impactful finishes!

A number of Japanese promotions, including DDT, Stardom and Dragon Gate are starting to get back to running shows.

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