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.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Toshie Uematsu announces retirement
Pro Wrestling WAVE held a press conference after today's show so that 16 year joshi puroresu veteran Toshie Uematsu could announce her retirement plans. Why WAVE? Toshie has worked there as GAMI's assistant and also trainer since the promotion started a few years ago. She says she plans to retire April 2012. So I guess we're going to see an endless road to retirement. I don't mind if a wrestler does a three month road to retirement but when she stretches it out to a year, it's too much. Toshie said at the press conference that the decision to retire was heavily influenced by the recent retirements of Toshiko Tamura, Tanny Mouse and Yuki Miyazaki. She's been watching some of her old match videos and she just thinks it's time to go. She's also retiring to take care of her family. Her grandmother died recently and Toshie's mom is having trouble handling it. And her brother is mentally challenged. Last month's earthquake amplified these problems and apparently they asked her to quit wrestling and make her family her number one priority. Interestingly, when the earthquake hit, Toshie was in the US working for Chikara Pro. So she might be feeling a little guilty. Of course Toshie started her career with GAEA in 1995 and fans may recall that she won the 1997 WCW Women's Cruiserweight Championship tournament with a win over Malia Hosaka. Since GAEA closed in 2005, Toshie has freelanced as a wrestler and and joined WAVE as a trainer when they started a few years ago. She's still in great shape and can still work. When she discussed her retirement with Yumi Ohka, she agreed to stay on as a trainer for another year. Maybe they think she'll change her mind.