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Press Release: Jim Cornette Joins MLW Broadcast Team

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Major League Wrestling issued the following press release this morning

Jim Cornette joins Major League Wrestling broadcast team

NEW YORK – Pro wrestling fans will hear from the sport’s top commentators as Major League Wrestling deepens its roster of broadcasters this spring on beIN SPORTS.

Jim Cornette, one of the sport’s greatest minds, managers and analysts has joined MLW’s extensive and talented broadcast team.

Surprising viewers last night on the live MLW Intimidation Games national network special, Jim Cornette joined play-by-play commentator Rich Bocchini to call the action ringside in Chicago.

Jim Cornette will next be heard providing his astute and provocative analysis on Saturday’s episode of MLW Fusion on beIN SPORTS at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. MLW Fusion is available to stream worldwide12pm ET / 9am PT on MLW’s YouTube channel.

“The breadth and depth of our commentator pool sets the bar,” said MLW CEO Court Bauer. “Each commentator or analyst excels at bringing a passion for the sport which is a key driving force behind MLW’s programming.”

MLW’s broadcast team is rich in experience and diversity. Jim Cornette joins Rich Bocchini, Tony Schiavone and Matt Striker on the English call of the action while Andres Bermudez, Salina de la Renta and Carlos Casado provide Spanish commentary for MLW Fusion.

MLW will make announcements regarding their broadcast assignments on a case-by-case basis.

A prolific mind and mouth within wrestling for years, James E. Cornette has enjoyed a brilliant career of presenting talent in front of crowds and developing them behind the scenes.

Additionally, Cornette is a highly regarded color analyst having giving insight and analysis over the years for WCW, Jim Crockett Promotions, the NWA and WWE.

A celebrated yet despised manager, Cornette led the likes of the Midnight Express, the Heavenly Bodies, WWF Champion Yokozuna, Vader, Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith and countless others to triumph and titles.

When not managing, Cornette found success operating Smoky Mountain Wrestling as well as advising WWE Chairman Vince McMahon in addition to his work at OVW where he coached and developed the likes of John Cena, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar and countless others.

Today, the Louisville Slugger continues to run his mouth as he swings a verbal tennis racquet on his hit weekly podcasts: the Jim Cornette Experience and Jim Cornette’s Drive-Thru.

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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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