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Report: Kurt Angle Expected To Retire As In-Ring Competitor

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Kurt Angle Set To Phased Out As Wrestler

Kurt Angle’s future in the WWE is expected to take a new direction in the near future. The WWE Hall Of Fame is expected to retire as an in-ring competitor.

According to Rajah.com, WWE sources have revealed the company is planning on taking immediate steps to phase Kurt Angle as a wrestler. Two sources indicated that the plan at one point was to have Angle work a ‘retirement’ match at Wrestlemania, possibly against John Cena, but those plans don’t appear to be happening anymore.

One company source indicated the current plan is to offer Kurt Angle a new contract, which will transition him into a backstage agent role.

The source also adds a lot of people feel when Angle returned he was misused. The thought is he should have wrestled first, retired second, and been used as an authority figure last.

As far as when Angle’s last match with the company will be, that is unknown. WWE is in Pittsburgh tonight for RAW, which is Angle’s hometown. There is no concrete information linking tonight’s event to Angle’s retirement, but it would make sense.

Kurt Angle made his WWE return in 2017 following his Hall Of Fame induction.

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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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