Skip to main content

Kazuchika Okada, Taichi reveal positive COVID-19 tests


New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Kazuchika Okada and Taichi revealed that they have tested positive for COVID-19.

Tokyo Sports reported that Okada confirmed in a recent interview that he had tested positive. He said that he felt sick and had lost his sense of taste, but it has since returned. Taichi confirmed to Tokyo Sports that he also tested positive. He appeared on this morning's Road to Wrestle Grand Slam event via video and said had a high fever, but is recovering now.

Okada was pulled from the second night of Wrestling Dontaku on May 4 when two participants in a match he took part in the night prior had fevers. He and others involved in that match were removed from the second night's card. NJPW later announced that nine people had tested positive for COVID-19, causing the company to cancel their shows through May 22 when they resumed their schedule. 

Taichi competed in the second night of Dontaku, but has not wrestled on the current tour.

Wrestle Grand Slam in Tokyo Dome was scheduled to have an IWGP World Champion Will Ospreay vs. Okada title match. However, the event and the other Wrestle Grand Slam show in Yokohama were delayed due to the COVID-19 emergency in Japan being extended through the end of the month.

Ospreay has since vacated the title, returning to the United Kingdom to seek treatment for a neck injury.