Despite the fact that smaller promotions such as Stardom and DDT are starting to run shows again, New Japan Pro Wrestling is holding off on doing so for now.
NJPW was hopeful to get back to running shows starting with the Sakura Genesis event on March 31. This event was supposed to feature the New Japan Cup tournament winner challenging Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Titles.
However, after a few weeks of announcing several cancellations of shows, the promotion confirmed on Monday that two scheduled shows have also been canceled.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, NJPW’s Sakura Genesis event and the Road To Dontaku show on April 11 have been nixed. The last show that the promotion held was back on February 26.
There’s no word on the status of NJPW shows past April 11. NJPW issued the following:
“Acting under the latest recommendations laid out by the Japanese Ministry of Health, New Japan Pro-Wrestling has arrived at the decision to cancel Sakura Genesis, which was scheduled to take place Tuesday, March 31 in Ryogoku Sumo Hall, and the Road to Dontaku event that was scheduled to take place in Sagamihara on Saturday, April 11.
We deeply apologize to fans who were looking forward to these events. Ultimately, the health and safety of our fans, wrestlers and staff, as well as society at large is our utmost concern, and we will make announcements about events scheduled after April 11 upon careful monitoring of this developing situation.
We will soon announce refund procedures for the affected events. Programs like the NJPW Together Project will continue to see wrestlers and staff come together to bring the best possible content to fans while we eagerly await the opportunity to entertain live crowds once more.
Thank you for your continued support of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.”