New Japan Pro Wrestling has been forced to postpone their Wrestle Grand Slam events scheduled for May due to the Japanese government announcing a continued state of emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Wrestle Slam events were due to take place on the 15th of May in Yokohama Stadium, and on the 29th of May at the Tokyo Dome.
Releasing a full statement on the postponement, NJPW has confirmed that new dates are being sought for the events. It also advises ticket holders for Wrestle Grand Slam to retain their tickets.
The statement began:
“Thank you for your support of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.”
“On Friday May 7, the Japanese government announced an extension to the state of emergency currently in place in Tokyo and other prefectures. In light of this announcement, as well as current COVID-19 infection status, and in order to prevent any potential further spread of the virus, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has arrived at the decision to postpone the Wrestle Grand Slam events in Yokohama Stadium and the Tokyo Dome previously scheduled for May 15 and 29 respectively.”
“NJPW deeply apologizes to all fans looking forward to these events for the inconvenience and disappointment caused.”
The statement from New Japan Pro Wrestling then continued:
“New dates for both events are currently being finalized. More information will follow as soon as it becomes available.”
“All tickets for both events will be valid. Please retain your ticket. Any ticket holder who cannot attend on the rescheduled dates will be eligible for a refund.”
“At present, we ask for your understanding and patience until rescheduled dates are confirmed. Keep checking back on njpw1972.com for further information on Wrestle Grand Slam as well as other events on the NJPW schedule going forward.”
After his six-star match with Shingo Takagi, IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay had challenged to meet him in the main event of the Tokyo Dome show.