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Is Awesome Kong retiring from the ring?
Japanese wrestling site Battle News is reporting that Kong – real name Kia Stevens – has been advised by her doctor to retire from wrestling after being pulled from a tournament at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall for health reasons. It is believed that these issues stem from the back problems she’s been working through in recent years.
The report includes a statement from Stevens herself, in which she confirms that she is retiring. Roughly translated, it reads:
“First, we sincerely apologize for that can not be played on the 25th Korakuen Hall. Began feel the accident from this fall to their own physical condition, but has worked in demodulation while visits to be made ??today (the United States 21, 2008) is in a state of fight in Japan is located in the far from the state.
It is up to the ring in this state, to compete in the fan of everyone and the 25th Korakuen Hall as well as hitting the rude to all players, it is encouraged to retire from wrestling from doctor year.
Not done with my respect to players the last game in Japan is really unfortunate Kia Stevens does not rise to anymore of Japan ring. I decided to retire from the previous wrestling.
Because I was come continued to active duty so far there was a group called the All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling, and thanks to all seniors and friends who gave me lovingly as his sister is a foreigner. Sincerely I am grateful to all professional wrestling officials and fans of everyone in Japan.
And women’s wrestling in Japan, including the SEAdLINNNG is I wish from the bottom of my heart that more and more development. Kia Stevens will retire from professional wrestling. Thank you until now.”
Kia started her career in Japan in 2002 and has since wrestled around the globe. She is most notable for her two TNA runs, during which she held the Knockouts Title twice. She had a brief run with the WWE as Kharma in 2011 and made a surprise one-time appearance in the 2012 Royal Rumble.
Read the full report, including additional statements, on Battle News.