Welcome to Frank Pozen's Big Bad Blog. A lot of folks have been asking me to update them about my recovery. So I thought I would start a blog primarily to do that but also to talk about other topics of interest including the wrestling business and whatever else I can think of. I plan to update this on a regular basis so check back and leave a comment if you wish.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Fuuka announces retirement
This is the cover of the new issue of Weekly Professional Wrestling that is on newstands in Japan today. Fuuka interrupted her interview to announce that she plans to retire next spring. They're not sure of the date yet but her sixth anniversary is in late March. There have been rumours of her retirement for the last couple of years so I'm not surprised. She has given some sort of medical reason claiming that she has shortness of breath and doesn't get enough oxygen in her body. Geez, Fuuka, do some cardio and you might have some endurance. I don't buy it. It seems like an excuse to get her sympathy and to avoid questions about the real reason for her retirement. It's not very noble if she says she's tired of the joshi business. The main rumour over the last year is that she wants to take up shoot boxing full time so I would not be surprised if she does exactly that. Her retirement is probably a good thing for the joshi business. Fuuka is probably the number one draw in joshi today. But she isn't the kind of draw that helps the joshi business because she doesn't deltver good enough matches. She's a draw for other reasons. This results in certain promoters depending on her to fill seats when maybe the promoter should focus on other areas. NEO President Tetsuyo Koda is especially guilty of this as he puts Fuuka in every Korakuen Hall show. Her retirement forces him to take a different approach and maybe create new stars. It's not a big secret that I don't like Fuuka. She has the physical ability but doesn't care enough to be a good wrestler. Considering that she has threatened retirement several times over the last couple of years, her actual retirement is long overdue.