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NJPW announces June 15 return for live events


After several months of dormancy, New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced a return to live events.

NJPW Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi announced today in an online press conference that NJPW events will return starting on June 15. The first show will be a Together Project Special. The actual card for the first show will remain a mystery until the show starts.

The New Japan Cup, which was previously slated for March, will instead start on June 16 and run through July 11. These shows will be held with no fans in attendance.

The finals will be held on July 11, with Dominion taking place the following night on July 12. Both shows will be held at Osaka-jo Hall and will be the first shows to allow fans into the arena. However, these shows will only hold a third of Osaka-jo Hall's normal capacity.

Sugabayashi also announced that the previously scheduled tour that was to take place in July in the Hokkaido region has been cancelled. 

NJPW last held a show on February 26, a New Japan Road event. They had previously said that they would not hold shows until the state of emergency in Japan was lifted, which happened for all of the country on May 25.