NJPW's looking forward to getting back to pre-COVID times.
Since the start of the global pandemic, New Japan Pro-Wrestling took the outbreak very seriously. The promotion sat out months of events rather than continuing on in front of no audience but now with infection numbers going down, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has exciting news for those who are ready to get back to normal.
During a press conference after the G1 Climax 31 Tournament Final, Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi told the media that New Japan Pro-Wrestling would be going back to handling cards the way that they did before COVID by having more matches on every card and having longer shows.
Secondly, over the last year or so, under NJPW’s COVID protocols, there has been a reduction in the number of matches on each New Japan Pro-Wrestling event. As a result of the current infection levels in Japan, as well as the vaccination of staff and wrestlers, from the forthcoming tour we will be increasing the number of matches on each card, while maintaining our other COVID rules and protocols. From now on, fans can expect to see more of their favourite wrestlers competing on each live event. Once again, we appreciate your understanding and support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Your patience through this period has been very important, and in several ways moving forward, we will be looking to bring back the New Japan Pro-Wrestling of pre-COVID times’
Elsewhere in the press conference, they confirmed the injury to Kota Ibushi that was suffered during the final match of the tournament. Learn more here.