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Jim Ross Confirms Exit From WWE

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Jim Ross And Vince McMahon Mutually Agree It’s Time To Move On

Jim Ross has confirmed his exit from WWE at the end of the month when his contract expires with the company.

Ross stated on the latest episode of The Ross Report that his deal with the WWE expires on 3/29, and he will not be re-signing with the company.

He mentioned he had a conversation with Vince McMcMahon, and they mutually agreed it is time to move on.

His signing with the WWE came weeks after the death of his wife Jan. He initially signed with the company to stay busy, following the tragic accident that took the life of his wife.

Jim Ross signed a 2 year deal with the WWE in 2017, and was used for select events including the Mae Young Classic, NXT UK, 25 Anniversary of RAW, and Wrestlemania 33.

Ross also worked for AXS TV, doing play by play for New Japan Pro Wrestling. Ross was initially able to work for both WWE and AXS TV.

At the end 2018, Ross’ contract expired with AXS TV, and WWE did not allow him to sign a new deal.

Ross is expected to continue to his weekly podcast, as well as tour for live event engagements.

There is no word whether any other promotion has reached out to Ross, but he states he doesn’t feel it will be hard finding another job.

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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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