Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion MUSASHI tested positive for COVID-19 on February 17th. As a result, all planned activities for Michinoku Pro Wrestling’s singles champion prior to February 27th were canceled.
MUSASHI’s only symptom before diagnosis was a fever. He had taken two antigen tests, and both results were negative. However, a PCR test then gave a positive result.
In a similar situation, pro-wrestling legend and Michinoku Pro Wrestling founder The Great Sasuke tested positive for COVID-19 on January 8th and started wrestling again this month, with his schedule including a match on “Michinoku Pro Wrestling LIVE“. And now, MUSASHI is ready for his own return.
MUSASHI became Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion in July last year after defeating the longest-reigning Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Champion in Michinoku Pro Wrestling history, Rui Hyugaji.
MUSASHI successfully defended his title in December against former AJPW World Junior Heavyweight Champion Kaz Hayashi at a GLEAT event in Tokyo. Michinoku Pro is based in the Tohoku region of Japan, where their Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Championship matches usually take place, meaning that MUSASHI is becoming a touring champion of sorts.
Upon his return, MUSASHI will have a big match waiting for him. On March 6th at a Michinoku Pro event in Tokushima City, MUSASHI will defend the Tohoku Junior Heavyweight Championship against Koji Kawamura. Both of them are members of a group of young wrestlers who consider themselves to be the new generation of Michinoku Pro. While MUSASHI is currently in his second reign, Kawamura wants to make March 6th the beginning of his first reign, regardless of their alliance.
JAPAN TODAY DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC
The quasi-state of emergency for many prefectures (districts) across the country is still in effect but on February 26th, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed 11,562 new cases of COVID, which is down about 2,000 from a week prior.