The WWE has officially announced that they are cancelling shows in Japan next month.
WWE was supposed to be holding shows in Japan from July 2 to July 4. The cancellations are likely a result of concerns about travel restrictions and quarantine procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Japan ended its State of Emergency due to the pandemic on May 25, there are still some pretty stringent travel restrictions in place.
The possibility that performers and staff might be subject to quarantine procedures that could have their return to the US delayed is probably a contributing factor to the WWE’s decision to cancel the shows in Japan.
You can see the official Japanese announcement here.
“Unfortunately, we will cancel the scheduled “WWE Live Japan” at Edion Arena Osaka on Thursday, July 2nd and Yokohama Arena on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 3rd. Has been decided.”
“Tickets will be refunded from June 8th (Monday) 10:00 to July 12th (Sunday) 23:59.”
“WWE is also committed to showcasing performance in front of everyone in Japan.”
This isn’t the first time that the WWE announced that they were canceling international shows due to concerns over the global effect of COVID-19.
Back in April, the company had already announced that they would be canceling shows in Australia due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. They had been set to return to Australia for shows in Melbourne and Sydney on August 6 and August 7.
According to the Australian promoter, TEG Dainty, they are in the process of securing new dates when WWE might be able to return for shows.