Two NJPW Wrestlers Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

Posted By James Walsh on 05/05/21




NJPW has announced that two members of their roster have tested positive for COVID-19. The company announced on Tuesday that two wrestlers tested positive for the virus on the morning of the second night of Wrestling Dontaku. The roster members were not named.

The show saw SHO, YOH, Kazuchika Okada, Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, and Yoshinobu Kanemaru all get pulled from the show. NJPW’s announcement reads:

Two wrestlers test positive for COVID-19
Two NJPW wrestlers have tested positive for COVID-19.

All New Japan Pro-Wrestling talent is subject to daily temperature monitoring, as well as blood oxygen saturation checks and frequent testing. Before the Road to Dontaku tour began, all wrestlers and staff returned negative PCR tests, clearing them for competition.

On the morning of the May 4 Wrestling Dontaku day two event, two wrestlers presented with a high temperature. According to protocol, they were taken for immediate testing, while those that had close contact with the individuals in the last two events were removed from proceedings. NJPW has learned that the individuals’ tests were positive for COVID-19.

The two are currently experiencing mild symptoms, and are acting under medical advice for treatment and recovery. Other wrestlers, as well as staff who have been in contact with the individuals are currently being thoroughly monitored in a controlled environment and receiving relevant tests. Updates will be provided in due course.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling apologizes for the inconvenience and concern caused by the sudden card change this news necessitated on the May 4 event.

In addition to the aforementioned regular health monitoring, the requirement of masks during warmups and backstage as well as the provision of packaged food to minimize outside interaction are all enforced at New Japan Pro-Wrestling events. Moving forward, NJPW will work to further improve its COVID-19 countermeasures and do everything possible to ensure staff, wrestler and fan safety.

We once again deeply apologize for the concern caused to fans and personnel and ask for your understanding.