Wrestle Grand Slam in Yokohama Stadium + Tokyo Dome Events Postponed
New Japan Pro Wrestling announced earlier today the Wrestle Grand Slam in Yokohama Stadium event on 5/15/2021, and the Wrestle Grand Slam in Tokyo Dome show on 5/29/2021, have both been postponed due to a combination of the extended state of emergency, and the current positive COVID-19 cases among the talents. The new dates have not yet been determined, and any tickets purchased for these events are still valid.
I hate to say I saw this coming, but, well, I saw this coming. The state of emergency was making it difficult, but two wrestlers suddenly testing positive made it damn near impossible. It’s the right decision, and once everyone is safe and healthy again, that’s when shows should be happening.
As of right now, the prelude Road To Wrestle Grand Slam shows from Nagoya and Tokyo Korakuen Hall are still listed as going on, however that will surely change with the extension, as the previous Korakuen Hall shows were already cancelled, and now Aichi Prefecture (where Nagoya is) has now been added to the list of affected prefectures. With everything else going on, there is no way they should be considering running these shows.
Elsewhere, I’ve confirmed that the May sumo basho is not selling any further tickets, and whilst they haven’t officially said it will be empty-arena for all fifteen days of the tournament (to my knowledge), that will only be a matter of time. All Japan Pro Wrestling runs their big Champions Night 2021 show at Tokyo Ota Ward Gymnasium a week from Sunday, on 5/16/2021, but that will likely either be postponed or made empty-arena, as all titles are scheduled to be defended on it.
We’ll keep you posted as best we can. Enjoy NJPW Strong with Mox/Dickinson v. Nagata/Narita if you’re watching it tonight. I’ll write about that show tomorrow but probably not til afternoon.