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Kenta Kobashi announces retirement

Kenta Kobashi, one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all-time, just announced his retirement on Sunday’s Pro Wrestling NOAH show at Sumo Hall in Tokyo. Kobashi said that he would like to wrestle one more match, and claimed he was not forced to retire.

From Puroresu Spirit:

Kenta Kobashi came out to address the rumors surrounding him this week and the future of his career. He says the Tokyo Sports coverage of him was negative, but at the same time the injuries to his neck and left arm are a major setback. With his own judgement, Kobashi said that recovery is impossible despite any surgery he may undergo…and he has indeed DECIDED TO RETIRE.

Kobashi said that wrestling is his life, and he thanked all the fans who have supported him over the years. Then he said he plans to stand in the ring once again if he can reach the form to do so.

There was no clear indication if this will be an actual match, or if his retirement will center around the show. I guess it all depends on how things go within the next month or so.

Kobashi will hold his retirement match on February 26, which also marks his 25th Anniversary as a Pro Wrestler. Kobashi said he would like to compete at least 1 more time, if nothing else.

Credit: Wrestling Observer and Puroresu Spirit

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13 Responses

  1. Dragon says:

    will be greatly missed. The ring is losing a LEGEND. 25 years is one hell of a run and his body must have gone through hell in those 25. a big THANK YOU to Kenta for all the great matches

  2. John says:


  3. Shane says:

    You gotta respect the decision to retire. It’d be too big of a shame for him to end up like Misawa

  4. Jamie says:

    Thanks for the memories Kenta, hopefully he’ll stick around as a trainer

  5. JB says:

    He was awesome in Kai En Tai with that Val Venis angle. I CHOPPEEE CHOPEE YOUR PEE PEE!

  6. cool arrow says:

    I love Kobashi but this was the right decision. He’s been a shell of his former self for many years now, to the point that he can barely move anymore.

  7. James says:

    Another wrestling god retires.

  8. dave says:

    A true legend, absolute 100% respect for this guy.

    Good luck to Kenta in his retirement.

  9. The Wordman says:

    @JB, Kenta Kobashi was never in Kai En Tai in the WWF/WWE. That stable’s members were Taka Michinoku, Funaki, Dick Togo, Men’s Teioh and manager Wally Yamaguchi-san.

  10. JB says:

    TheWordman….it’s called sarcasm.

  11. Paul says:

    As sad as the news of Kenta Kobashi’s retirement is, I’m sure a lot of us saw this coming. He’s been on the injured list for the better part of the last several years with injuries to his elbows and knees, along with his 2006 cancer battle. However, even as a physical wreck, he had some great matches against the like of Mitsuharu Misawa, Jun Akiyama, and even Kensuke Sasaki, along with a record two-year reign as GHC Heavyweight Champion.

    Sayonara, Kenta Kobashi, and thank you for some amazing matches. Domo arigato!

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