Update On Katsuyori Shibata After Possible Career Ending Injury Earlier This Month


Katsuyori Shibata got injured during his main event match against Kazuchika Okada at NJPW’s Sakura Genesis on April 9th. Shibata hit Okada with a stiff headbutt, causing Shibata to bleed from the forehead.

He was taken to the hospital and then diagnosed with subdural hematoma. Although he underwent successful surgery, The Wrestling Observer reported that he is still hospitalized, and his friends have said that it is unlikely he will ever be able to wrestle again. The doctor, who performed the surgery, additionally said that he would need a strict examination prior to being cleared to wrestle, “and that he’s not optimistic at all.”


@STRIGGA of Puroresu Love noted that Shibata gave an update on his blog, saying that the “right side of his body is still handicapped” and that he will need another surgery in May. He additionally added that he wants to return to wrestling, which you can see down below:




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