Suwama training for his return to AJPW, details battle with COVID-19

Former AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion Suwama is training for his return after contracting COVID-19

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Last month, it was confirmed that All Japan Pro Wrestling’s Suwama tested positive for COVID-19 and he is now back in training for his return.

Suwama was going to defend the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship against Jake Lee, but due to his positive COVID test, he had to relinquish the championship one week from the match. On 6/26, Jake Lee went on to capture the vacant Triple Crown in a three-way involving Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyagi.

Tokyo Sports caught up with Suwama and he told the publication about his battle with COVID-19. He said it has been tough because of his asthma. He is aiming for a return on July 11 for AJPW’s ‘Summer Action Series’ show.

He tested negative for COVID on July 1st and had the following to say about his experience with the virus:

It was dangerous. I have asthma so I can’t stop coughing. I have a slight fever of 37 degrees, but it was painful anyway. It was really painful because of fatigue and joint pain. Because of that, I became sensitive to saltiness and bitterness. I felt salty with a little salt, and coffee was very bitter and unpleasant. It’s still strange sometimes. I just drank a vanilla shake and it tasted like grapes.

Suwama added that he had been bedridden for three weeks and is happy the virus did not damage his heart and lungs.

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