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WWE Locker Room Left In The Dark About John Cena’s ‘Injury’, Possible Reason For Storyline

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Yesterday evening the WWE announced that John Cena was injured the previous week on RAW during the Fatal 4-Way Match.

Shortly after the announcement, reports surfaced that the “injury” was part of an angle, which could further a feud with John Cena and Drew McIntyre.

The WWE locker room was just as surprised as fans with the injury news. According to Mike Johnson at PWInsider Elite, the talent backstage were curious whether John Cena was actually hurt.

Since John Cena is not at RAW every week, they weren’t surprised that he wasn’t backstage at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The previous week on RAW, talent who were spoken with had no indication that John Cena was injured during the Fatal 4-Way Match.

The injury angle could be related to Cena’s new movie, which begins shooting the first week of February outside of Vancouver, BC.

In the past, movie studios did not allow talent to compete so close to filming, due to an incident with The Rock where he was injured at Wrestlemania 29 ahead of filming of the movie Hercules.

Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that at one point Lars Sullivan was scheduled to attack John Cena, setting up a match between the two at Wrestlemania 35.

Lars Sullivan is current on a leave of absence due to anxiety issues, and it’s unknown when hw will finally debut on the main roster.

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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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