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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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AEW’s Tony Khan Reponds To CM Punk And Takes Shots At WWE’s Saudi Arabia Travel Issues

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Tony Khan Throws Shade At WWE

Earlier today, CM Punk announced “no one is safe” on tomorrow’s edition of WWE Backstage.

Punk plans on speaking his mind during his first official appearance as an analyst on WWE’s late night studio show on FS1.

Punk stated, “It IS weird trying to catch up on 5+ years of rasslin’, I’m doing what I can. There’s bright spots, mostly women from what I can tell. There’s BAD too. I’m gonna talk about it, and no one is safe. Join us.” He tagged Renee Young, Booker T, WWE on FOX, Vince McMahon, and Tony Khan in his tweet,

Tony Khan responded by throwing shade at WWE’s recent travel incident in Saudi Arabia.

Khan replied, “No one is safe? Sounds like a plane full of wrestlers in Saudi Arabia!”

WWE Backstage will air on FS1 at 11 pm ET with host Booker T and Renee Young. Former WCW Champion David Arquette will be a guest, and take part in the “promo school” segment.

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Report: Nikki Cross Signs Multi-Year WWE Contract Extension

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Nikki Cross Signs New WWE Deal

One of WWE’s rising stars is planning to continue her year with the company for several more years.

According to Squared Circle Sirens, Nikki Cross has agreed to terms on a new deal with WWE. Cross has signed a multi-year contract extension with the company.

Cross originally signed with WWE in 2016, following a tryout the year before in London.

After spending two years on NXT as a mainstay in the SAnitY stable, Cross joined the main roster in 2018.

Nikki Cross joined forces with Alexa Bliss, winning her the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, her first title reign since signing with the company.

Exact details and length her deal has yet to be revealed, but the report suggests she will be in the WWE for years to come.

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AEW Announces Nine-Day “Bash at the Beach” Fan Extravaganza, Including Two Dynamite Specials

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Today, AEW announced they will present two Dynamite shows under the ‘Bash At The Beach’ banner.

Bash at The Beach was a traditional WCW pay-per-view, which was trademarked by Cody Rhodes this past March.

AEW has teamed up with Chris Jericho’s ‘Rock N’ Rager’ at sea to present additional events during the annual cruise which travels from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas.

Check out the press release below.

Two Dynamite shows on Land & Sea Plus Nine Outrageous Days of Wrestling, Special Events, Live Music and Non-Stop Action from Miami to the Bahamas 

MIAMI, FL (Nov. 18, 2019) — AEW today announced “Bash at the Beach,” an unprecedented, nine-day experience for superfans that features two Dynamite shows, a cruise onboard Chris Jericho’s tricked-out party ship, and non-stop entertainment in between. 

The adventure begins on Wednesday, Jan. 15, when AEW Dynamite takes over the Watsco Center at the University of Miami for a Bash at the Beach themed episode, and continues with Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager at Sea, sailing round-trip from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas, on Jan. 20-24. 

High-octane bouts with the biggest names from AEW will be filmed from Jericho’s sold-out Norwegian Pearl ship, including the Jan. 22 episode of Dynamite on TNT. The history-making event will be bubbling with exclusive opportunities to meet AEW’s star-studded roster, as well as non-stop wrestling, rock ‘n’ roll, live podcasts, paranormal explorations, talent-hosted activities, autograph sessions, parties and more. 

“AEW’s Bash at the Beach events will deliver nine unforgettable days of wrestling and much more from the hottest company in the business today,” said Chris Jericho. “Thousands of the Friends Of Jericho onboard the SOLD OUT ‘Rock N Wrestling Rager At Sea’ will have the experience of their lives, and now millions more will be able to watch AEW Dynamite along with us, as we break out the bubbly together from Miami to the Bahamas.” 

Tickets for the Jan. 15 Bash at the Beach show in Miami go on sale this Friday, Nov. 22, at noon ET. Tickets for the show will be available for purchase exclusively at www.AEWTIX.com. For your chance to join the party at sea, sign up for the waitlist at www.chrisjerichocruise.com. 

About AEW AEW is a new professional wrestling promotion headlined by members of The Elite (Cody & Brandi Rhodes, Matt & Nick Jackson, Kenny Omega and Hangman Page) and Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley. For the first time in many years, AEW is offering an alternative to mainstream wrestling, with a growing roster of world-class male and female wrestlers who are poised to bring new 

spirit, freshness and energy to the industry. The inaugural event under the AEW banner was DOUBLE OR NOTHING in Las Vegas, followed by FYTER FEST in Daytona Beach, FIGHT FOR THE FALLEN in Jacksonville, ALL OUT in Chicago, and FULL GEAR in Baltimore. AEW is broadcasting two-hour weekly shows on TNT (U.S.) on Wednesdays from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. The action-packed matches take place in different cities across the nation each Wednesday. For more info, check out @AEWrestling (Twitter), @AllEliteWrestling (Instagram), /AllEliteWrestling (FB), AllEliteWrestling (YouTube). 

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