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AEW Reportedly Turned Down Offer To Buy Impact Wrestling

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All Elite Wrestling Turned Down Offer To Purchase Impact Wrestling?

All Elite Wrestling has yet to formally announce their promotion, but reportedly already had talks with Impact Wrestling.

In the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer states there were attempts at trying to sell Impact Wrestling to those involved in All Elite Wrestling.

It is not a secret that there were forces attempting to sell Impact to AEW a few months ago, but that proposal was turned down.

Although it wasn’t specified the details behind the proposal, one could only speculate that Impact was trying to get their company purchased by Tony Khan, the billionaire co-founder behind the Jacksonville Jaguars, and now All Elite Wrestling.

Impact Wrestling has had some internal shifts in 2018, along with the recent announcement that they were leaving PopTV to broadcast their weekly Impact! program on Anthem’s Pursuit Channel.

The deal with Pursuit is essentially a placeholder as Impact works to secure a time slot with a larger network in 2019.

The announcement of AEW is expected to happen sometime over the next few weeks. The company recently trademarked another possible event “Fight For the Fallen”.

We have reached out to Impact Wrestling public relations to comment on this story, we will update if any answer is received.

 

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Katsuyori Shibata Looking To Get Medically Cleared To Return To The Ring

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Katsuyori Shibata is looking to get cleared to step into a ring once again.

According to Dave Meltzer in the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Shibata is looking to get medically cleared following his recent appearance on the final night of the G1 Climax tournament.

“Katsuyori Shibata, he hasn’t been cleared, but he will be attempting to get cleared,” Meltzer stated. “He trains with his students, but the issue in question is whether it can ever be healthy for him to take head shots, and if he were to return as Katsuyori Shibata, can they work around that issue within the New Japan style.”

In 2017, Shibata collapsed backstage after a match with Kazuchika Okada at Sakura Genesis. The injury was caused by Shibata’s use of a headbutt, which he had been doing regularly since the prior year. Following his collapse, he was rushed to hopsital, where he was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, which required emergency surgery. This caused Shibata to experience paralysis on one half of his body, and many to believe he would never wrestle again.

Following his recovery, Shibata was appointed head coach of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s dojo in Los Angeles, CA.

Shibata made a surprise appearance at the finals of the G1 Climax tournament earlier this month. Although he was not medically cleared to compete, he was involved in an angle with The Bullet Club, where he was beatdown.

 

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Backstage News On When AEW Was Aware Of Jon Moxley’s MRSA Diagnosis

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Jon Moxley announced Friday that he would no longer be competing at All Elite Wrestling’s All Out event due to a MRSA diagnosis. All Elite Wrestling was quick to announce PAC as his replacement to face Kenny Omega at the pay-per-view on 8/31.

According to Fightful Select, specific people in the company were made aware of Moxley’s diagnosis this past Wednesday (8/21).

“AEW sent word on a need to know basis on Wednesday that Moxley would be out of All Out” – Fightful Select

Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported that AEW already had plans for PAC to be at the event. The company was able to shift his surprise appearance into a wrestling role due to Moxley not being able to compete.

Jon Moxley is also out of Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport event on 9/14. He is expected to be out of action for 4 weeks. The company is hopeful he will be cleared for the TNT debut on 10/2.

 

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