7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Interrupts Star-Studded NJPW Show Main Event

Published 03/20/2021, 9:05 AM EDT


As we all know, anything can happen in the world of professional wrestling. Many times match get halted mid-way or one competitor leaves mid-way because of an injury or health issue.

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But have you ever heard of a pro wrestling event getting affected because of an earthquake? No, right? NJPW recently had to endure an unfortunate first in the world of professional wrestling.

Live NJPW Show stopped after Earthquake in Japan

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New Japan Pro Wrestling presented the second-last day of the New Japan Cup event from the Xebio Arena in Sendai, Japan. An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 on the Richter Scale hit Japan earlier today. The earthquake hit when there was an ongoing six-man tag team action on the show.

The team of Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Kota Ibushi were taking on Yujiro Takahashi, KENTA, and Jay White. All six men left the ring in a jiffy as soon as they felt the tremors. It wasn’t just any other tremors, but these were strong enough to shake the lights and camera during the live streaming of the show.

The visual of the sight is extremely scary as we all know how dangerous an earthquake can become in the ‘Land of the Rising Sun.’ Luckily, they reported no injuries or loss of life when the earthquake hit the arena. However, the show was stopped for 30 minutes citing safety concerns.

Earthquakes aren’t something new for Japan or its people. But this is the first time in pro wrestling history that an earthquake interrupted a live show. Either way, we’re happy to know that all wrestlers in the building and fans in attendance were safe and healthy.

Earthquake outta nowhere?

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit Japan in the evening hours of Saturday, March 20, 2021. The earthquake hit about seven miles from Onagawa, Miyagi, Japan, and almost 50 miles from Sendai where New Japan Pro Wrestling held the show.

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The earthquake isn’t the only concern bothering NJPW/the Japanese people in general. After the 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the country, they immediately issued a Tsunami warning.

Japan experienced five earthquakes in 2020 alone, but never did it affect a pro wrestling show. We sincerely hope all wrestlers, fans, and locals stay safe and get through mother nature’s rage.

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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