New Japan Pro Wrestling is about to emerge from its slumber.
A press conference that concluded a few short hours ago saw company Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi announce that the promotion would start running live events again on 15 June. Titled Together Project Special, this will be NJPW's first show since New Japan Road on 26 February, with the card remaining a mystery until the night of the event itself.
The 2020 New Japan Cup shall follow this, having previously been cancelled as a result of the ongoing global health crisis. Audiences will then be welcomed back to Osaka-jo Hall for the finals on 11 July, with the company's annual Dominion pay-per-view hitting the same venue the following day, though only a third of the building's capacity will be let through the doors.
The following New Japan Cup bracket has been released:-
NJPW President Harold Meij had previously stated that they wouldn't even consider running shows until Japan's national state of emergency was lifted. This happened on 25 May, with the company now commencing a slow, cautionary return to normality.
It'll be good to have the 'King of Sports' back after more than three months on ice.
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