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Backstage Update On Seth Rollins Injury

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The WWE is being proactive in ensuring Seth Rollins will be close to 100% going into Wrestlemania 35 against Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship.

Dave Meltzer noted in the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Seth Rollins has been dealing with a back injury prior to Royal Rumble. The intention was for him to take time off following Rumble, in order for him to be healed by Wrestlemania 35.

Rollins injury isn’t preventing him from wrestling, but could be aggravated, and potentially cause further damage. The WWE does not want to jeopardize his match at Wrestlemania, and has given him the last few weeks off from in-ring competition.

If the WWE decides to, they could have Rollins back on the road wrestling, but that could cause major issues if he is injured to the point where he can’t work Wrestlemania.

This is a rare instance for WWE to allow a performer time off from the ring when an injury isn’t stopping them from wrestling.

As of right now, it’s unknown if Rollins will be given time off until his match against Lesnar at Wrestlemania 35, or if he will still work a few matches before April.

It’s expected Rollins will continue to travel with the company and do promos leading into his Universal Championship match. He has been removed from any up-coming live events.

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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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