AEW star Trent Beretta has been pulled from a New Japan Pro Wrestling show after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
Trent Beretta last competed in AEW on the 1st of May at tapings for AEW Dark where he teamed up with Rocky Romero as Roppongi Vice to face The Wingmen of Peter Avalon and Ryan Nemeth.
Beretta had been scheduled to wrestle on New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Capital Collision show in Washington DC where he was set to team with CHAOS stablemate Kazuchika Okada against the Bullet Club pairing of ‘Switchblade’ Jay White and Hikuleo.
NJPW released a statement confirming that Trent Beretta has now been pulled from the event after testing positive for COVID-19 and will be replaced by Rocky Romero. The switch has caused a raft of changes to the card as Romero was already set for action in a multi-man tag team match. Ultimately, the changes have also caused The Factory’s Nick Comoroto to be drafted in for the dark match.
The full statement from NJPW reads:
“Thank you for supporting New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
Trent Beretta, who was scheduled to team with Kazuchika Okada against Jay White and Hikuleo at Capital Collision, has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to compete on the card May 14.
We deeply apologise to fans who were looking forward to seeing Beretta wrestle, and appreciate your understanding.
As a result the following changes have been made to the evening’s card:
Jay White & Hikuleo vs Trent Beretta & Kazuchika Okada ->
Jay White & Hikuleo vs Rocky Romero & Kazuchika Okada
Fred Rosser, Rocky Romero, David Finlay, Tanga Loa & Yuya Uemura vs Tom Lawlor, Danny Limelight, JR Kratos, Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson->
Fred Rosser, The DKC, David Finlay, Tanga Loa & Yuya Uemura vs Tom Lawlor, Danny Limelight, JR Kratos, Royce Isaacs & Jorel Nelson->
Match 0 (live crowd only)
The DKC vs Kevin Knight
Nick Comoroto vs Kevin Knight
We join NJPW fans in wishing Trent a speedy recovery and return to action.”
Trent Beretta is no stranger to NJPW, competing for the company for several years before joining AEW at its inception in 2019. While part of the Japanese company, Beretta held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship four times with Romero.