Katsuyori Shibata was putting on incredible performances before he got himself injured during his critically-acclaimed match against Kazuchika Okada at NJPW’s Sakura Genesis event in 2017. Tonight, the New Japan star showed up on AEW Dynamite.

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Katsuyori Shibata appeared following Orange Cassidy’s successful All-Atlantic Championship defense against Luchasaurus and Rey Fenix. Shibata arrived to make the save for Cassidy from Pac, who was on the verge of destroying the champion.

Shibata entered the ring as Cassidy picked himself up. The NJPW star pointed towards Freshly Squeezed’s All-Atlantic Championship. Cassidy offered him a contract. Shibata signed the contract and the match was made official for Rampage this Friday.


Shibata previously appeared on AEW during the Forbidden Door pay-per-view event. The NJPW star appeared to make the save for Orange Cassidy from Will Ospreay after their match.

Check out the card for Rampage below:

  • Orange Cassidy (c) vs. Katsuyori Shibata – All-Atlantic Championship Match
  • Madison Rayne & Skye Blue vs Dr. Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter
  • Full Gear Eliminator Tournament Participants will be announced
  • Mike Tyson returns

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab serves as a news writer at Ringside News. He has covered pro wrestling and sports entertainment for a variety of publications, including Sportskeeda Wrestling, The Sportster, and WrestleZone. Outside of his professional duties, Manik likes to indulge in fiction, thrillers, comics, manga, and anime.

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