Katsuyori Shibata will share some important news during the NJPW Best of the Super Jr & World Tag League finals on December 15.
On the NJPW site, it was revealed that Shibata has requested to speak to his fans directly on next Wednesday’s show, noting:
Katsuyori Shibata will be in attendance next Wednesday, December 15 at the Best of the Super Jr./World Tag League finals.
Shibata has expressed he has a major announcement that he would like to deliver directly to the fans.
NJPW shared the announcement on Twitter:
Katsuyori Shibata will be in attendance December 15 at the Best of the Super Jr./World Tag League finals.
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) December 6, 2021
This comes after last week’s health update, in which the LA Dojo coach revealed that he has been training and sparring in the US. It has been speculated that the announcement will be regarding the veteran’s wrestling status.
In 2017, Shibata suffered a subdural hematoma following his bout with Kazuchika Okada at Sakura Genesis. He underwent emergency surgery, and it was stated that it was unlikely he’d ever be able to step into a ring again.
Shibata made his surprise return to the ring during the October 21 G1 Climax 31 final event, wrestling Zack Sabre Jr under UWF Rules. While he hasn’t wrestled since, Shibata also stated that his skull has completely healed and hardened during his recent update.
Stay tuned to WrestleTalk for any potential updates.