As we previously noted, WWE Hall of Famer Abdullah the Butcher was booked for the January All Japan tour. Abdullah the Butcher flew in, wasn’t able to wrestle and announced he would do the tour signing autographs at the scheduled shows. Before the tour concluded, Butcher flew home. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that the real story is that All Japan wanted him to go home as a cost saving measure. All Japan publicly announced that Abdullah asked to return to the United States due to a serious health issue.