New Japan Pro-Wrestling will be testing a new tool for fans to participate in matches. The company discourages shouting or chanting during bouts for those in attendance due to the ongoing health crisis.
The tool, which will be beta tested during NJPW’s event at Korakuen Hall on August 9 will allow fans to use their smartphone to cheer, count with the referee, and make noise during strike exchanges between wrestlers. The company has setup dedicated pages for male and female fans.
NJPW issued the following.
NJPW finally brought fans back to the venues in July starting with the New Japan Cup finals in Osaka Jo Hall. However, in order to best protect everybody in the venue during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, attendees have been encouraged not to shout or chant during the matches.
While fans have clapped and stomped their feet to offer non-verbal support, NJPW has been looking to give fans other options to enjoy the live experience. On August 9 in Korakuen Hall, we will be beta testing the #NJPWCheer tool. Using buttons on smart phones, fans can count along with the referee, cheer and send their encouragement during strike exchanges!
This beta test will take place on August 9 only, and NJPW will consider its further use based on feedback from Sunday’s event.