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El Desperado confirms positive COVID-19 test

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El Desperado is the latest NJPW talent to reveal his COVID-19 diagnosis.

In a Twitter thread he posted tonight on social media, Desperado detailed the symptoms he has been dealing with during his illness, including general muscle joint pain, a high fever, “unbelievable” back pain, “the most dizziness I’ve ever had”, and a terrible cough. He ended his thread by thanking the staff and nurses in Tokyo.

Desperado is the latest NJPW talent to confirm he has tested positive for COVID-19, with Kazuchika Okada and Taichi in recent days also confirming their status. NJPW has confirmed that nine wrestlers have tested positive following the second night of Wrestling Dontaku.

Desperado was originally scheduled to defend the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title against YOH on the second night of Wrestling Dontaku. However, both men were removed from the card, and the title match never took place. Desperado has been champion since February 28, winning a three way match for the vacant title that also included El Phantasmo and BUSHI.