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COVID-19 protocols force changes to NJPW New Year's Golden Series

Medical protocols have forced changes to consecutive shows.

For the second consecutive day, COVID-19 protocols have forced changes to NJPW's New Year's Golden Series tour.

Toru Yano, Satoshi Kojima, Tomoaki Honma, Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, and TAKA Michinoku will miss their second straight show on Saturday, after one of the six presented with a fever prior to Friday's event at Korakuen Hall. 

NJPW made the announcement on their website.

The match card for Saturday's show has been reduced from seven matches to six following the announcement, and four matches have had the participants changed. 

Saturday's event is essentially a house show in Gunma with no broadcast on NJPW World. Thursday's tour opener aired live, while Friday's event will be available on demand sometime Saturday. 

New Year's Golden series is a 19-show tour. The tour is scheduled to conclude with three title bouts on Sunday, February 20, including a Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito IWGP World Heavyweight Championship match. 

The tour's penultimate night on February 19 will also feature three title matches, headlined by a Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. SANADA IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship bout.