There can be no doubt that since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic that New Japan Pro Wrestling’s product has suffered due to the restrictions put in place by the Japanese government.
Times appear to be changing however, as during today’s NJPW press conference, it was revealed that fans will be allowed to cheer for their favourite stars once again, beginning in early September of this year.
“September 5 and 6 will see special events in Korakuen Hall with half capacity to allow for a cheering section and allow fans to finally use their voices. Rules and details are to be announced for these cards which will also feature separated sections for fans less comfortable with using their voices; stay tuned for more information.”-NJPW
The news is certain to excite the NJPW talent just as much as the fans, as stars such as Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi were noticably enthralled by the vocal Chicago crowd at the recent AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door event.
We look forward to the return of cheering at NJPW shows moving forward, and hope that the increase in crowd reactions can give the promotion the boost in momentum its been seeking since the pandemic’s beginning.