A lot of top stars in professional wrestling have talked about the end of their careers recently. Daniel Bryan revealed this is his final run as a full time performer, while Cody Rhodes has discussed leaving pro wrestling in a few years to pursue a career in politics. Even Jon Moxley reflected on when the end may come recently on his wife’s podcast.
However, one person who recently reflected on almost retiring was Kenny Omega. Omega recently spoke to Fightful and recalled how he had a neck injury that was severe enough that retirement became a very real possiblity for The Cleaner back in 2015.
“I remember right before we did the AJ Styles turn. But earlier on in the year before, I had a very terrible herniation in my neck. It was the first time I ever had asked for time off in professional wrestling. I lost all power on the right side of my body and I thought that that was it. I thought that I was going to have to wrap it up and maybe I was already sort of winding down. I was able luckily enough to to turn it around. I think one of the greatest things I can ever ask for is being able to decide what time that is. It’d be great if I could, but unfortunately, as wrestlers, and doing what we do, we sometimes don’t have the ability to choose. In a heartbeat, these things can just fade and or they can be taken away from you. So all I’m trying to do is just kind of dip my fingers and toes as much as I as long as I can. I’m making sure that all these things that that I do take on as responsibilities are things that I enjoy outside of wrestling so that, you know, there’s never a dull moment.”
Wrestlers don’t often get to decide whether or not they retire. Sometimes the toll on their body takes enough toll that they have no choice but to call it quits. Kenny Omega seemed to be on the verge of that, only to manage to turn it around just in time.
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