Katsuyori Shibata Discusses Getting Cleared, Says He Only Has A Couple Matches Per Year In Him

Katsuyori Shibata hasn't wrestled an official match since April 2017 due to a subdural hematoma, but made a surprise appearance at the G1 Climax 31 Finals, participating in a grappling match against Zack Sabre Jr.

Shibata is set to make "an important announcement" during the Best of the Super Juniors and World Tag League Finals on December 15.

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Speaking to KAMINOGE (translation via golden_kuma), Shibata discussed his future.

When asked about being cleared, Shibata replied, "That's the thing I wanna work on. Carefully. I'd like to talk to the doctor and the company about how often I should wrestle. This is just my feeling, but I probably have only a handful of matches left in me if I'm able to wrestle. A couple of matches per year. Just like the pace of MMA fights. I'll have medical tests before and after each match. I think I need to improve my physical conditions while seeking for matches/rules that fit it. So the exhibition match at the G1 finals show was a huge step forward," he said.

After the exhibition, Shibata promised that the next match would be for real before taking a back bump.

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