Professional wrestling has been hit hard by the latest wave of the pandemic COVID-19 virus. WWE was forced to change the main event of their Day 1 premium live event. AEW has had several wrestlers test positive and miss time, including Rocky Romero which caused him to be pulled from a tag match on last night’s AEW Rampage. Romero’s home of New Japan Pro Wrestling isn’t faring much better.

Friday’s scheduled six-man tag team bout at the Korakuen Hall was called off after one of the participants showed a high temperature during a routine check. Toru Yano, Satoshi Kojima, and Tomoaki Honma were set to take on Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, and TAKA Michinoku at Golden Series night two. That match was pulled. NJPW announced the switch on Twitter.

“One wrestler who participated on last night’s Korakuen Hall card presented with a high temperature today.

Out of an abundance of caution, they, and all six participants from that match, will not compete this evening.”

Saturday’s card in Gunma will also see the same change. The main event for that event will feature Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Hiroyoshi Tenzan against Shingo Takagi, SANADA, and Tetsuya Naito.

New Japan has had all kinds of pandemic-related problems. The promotion just recently returned to the road. Fans have been limited or allowed with restrictions since near the outset of the outbreak. Things have now reached the NJPW locker room.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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