Kazuchika Okada appeared in person for the first time since testing positive for COVID-19 tonight at Korakuen Hall.
He appeared at the start of tonight’s Road to Wrestle Grand Slam event. He said he was doing great. He spent most of the promo talking about still wanting his match for the IWGP World Heavyweight title at Wrestle Grand Slam in Tokyo Dome. He closed the promo by saying that next time people see him, he will be in his ring gear.
Okada was pulled from the second night of Wrestling Dontaku and was later confirmed to have COVID-19. Taichi and El Desperado have also since confirmed that they too have tested positive. NJPW has confirmed that nine wrestlers overall tested positive following their May 4 event.
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Will Ospreay and Okada were scheduled to meet in the main event of Wrestle Grand Slam at the Tokyo Dome. However, Ospreay vacated the IWGP World Heavyweight title on May 21 due to a neck injury. Both the Tokyo and Yokohama Wrestle Grand Slam events were delayed due to the state of emergency in Japan being extended through the end of the month.