Katsuyori Shibata: There's No Place For Me In NJPW, I Want To Finish My Career In AEW

Katsuyori Shibata comments on his standing in AEW.

Katsuyori Shibata suffered what was thought to be a career-ending subdural hematoma in 2017 after a bout with Kazuchika Okada. Shibata would eventually return to the ring in 2021 for an exhibition match and then take on a more active schedule in AEW in 2022.

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Speaking to Tokyo Sports, Shibata commented on his health and working for AEW as opposed to NJPW.

"I can't work as an affiliated fighter. I guess that (New Japan's decision) is not wrong. But if there is no place for me, then there is no reason for me to be here. I've regained a lot of my senses after competing in AEW, and I feel like I want to finish my career here," he said.

When asked about his health, Shibata said, "I've been checked by a doctor, and I've given him a medical certificate. If I don't clear it, I can't compete."

Shibata was officially announced as being All Elite on December 23.

Shibata has also confirmed that he is not Robocop.

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