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Seven wrestlers to miss NJPW event due to COVID-19 protocols

COVID-19 protocols have forced changes to an NJPW event for a third consecutive day. 

IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Shingo Takagi, Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, BUSHI, Yujiro Takahashi, Gedo and Dick Togo were all originally scheduled to take place in Tuesday's Summer Struggle event at Korakuen Hall. All have been pulled from the show. 

Shingo and BUSHI presented with fevers at Sunday's untelevised show and were pulled from that event. The two underwent PCR tests, but NJPW said in a statement that they are still awaiting the results of the tests. The other five were close contacts after sharing a ring with them on Saturday, so they were pulled from Monday and Tuesday's shows, though those five were allowed to work Sunday's event. EVIL was pulled from Monday's event, but was not scheduled to wrestle on Tuesday's show.

Gedo and Togo were already mathematically eliminated from the Super Junior Tag League, but were forced to forfeit Monday's tournament match. Their scheduled tournament match for Tuesday has been ruled a double forfeit following SHO and YOH's dissolution as a team on Monday's show. 

Shingo is currently still scheduled to defend the IWGP World Heavyweight title against EVIL in the main event of Wrestle Grand Slam in MetLife Dome on Sunday, September 5. 

Here is the updated card for Tuesday's show: 

NJPW Summer Struggle, Tuesday, August 17, 5:30 a.m. Eastern time on NJPW World --

  • Super Jr. Tag League: Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo (4-0) vs. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (3-1)
  • Super Jr. Tag League: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask (3-1) vs. Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato (2-2)
  • Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr., Minoru Suzuki & DOUKI
  • Toru Yano & Togi Makabe vs. Chase Owens & Jado
  • Tomoaki Honma vs. Great-O-Khan