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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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