Tajiri is one of the most well-known Japanese professional wrestlers of all time, who is considered a legend in Japan. His claim to fame in WWE came during the Attitude Era and subsequently the Ruthless Aggression Era. However, he is not getting any younger and it seems his pro wrestling career might be ending soon.

The Japanese legend is well known for his high-impact offence, comprised of precisive kicks, high-flying moveset and perhaps his deadliest weapon – the mist. He eventually parted ways with WWE and took his skills back to Japan.

The Kyushu Pro Wrestling organization, based in Japan, held a press conference in anticipation of their upcoming show on January 22nd. One of the main attractions of the event will be Tajiri, who is now a two-time champion of the All Japan World Junior Heavyweight division.

In fact, Tajiri has officially joined the company and he brought the Kyushu Pro Championship that he won on January 3rd. As recapped by Proresu-TODAY, Tajiri spoke during the press conference and said that he is now 52 years old and does not think he has much time left as an in-ring competitor.


In addition to what he previously said, the Japanese Buzzsaw further stated that he believes joining Kyushu could either be the beginning of the end for him or simply the end of his career. 

Thank you for coming today, I am TAJIRI. I was born in Kyushu. I am now 52 years old, and I don’t think I have much time left in my wrestling career, so I think that joining Kyushu Pro Wrestling is the beginning of the end, or the end of my career. When I first heard (promotion owner) Ryota Chikuzen speak, there was much that resonated with me. I think that since I am now at my age, holding the belt like this may be my last time. At my age, I want to be the champion and have hot matches, but more than that, I want to nurture the younger generation.

Among my many students, there are some who have made it to the WWE in the U.S. and others who have become the top women’s wrestlers in the world. When I told this story to Chikuzen, he said that he would be very interested in having me work in Kyushu, and I thought that this would be an organization where I could demonstrate my abilities to the best of my ability.

I am also a writer, and my latest book, ‘What Pro-Wrestlers Are Showing The Audience’, was published by Tokuma Shoten last September. The other day, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported on my book, and I would like to do in Kyushu what I have been doing in stepping up the young people mentioned in this book, so if you are wondering why is TAJIRI joining Kyushu Pro Wrestling, please read this book and you will understand my philosophy, ideology and principles. 

Tajiri previously parted ways with WWE back in 2017 after competing in the Cruiserweight division a few times. Regardless, we will have to wait and see whether Tajiri will end up hanging up his pro wrestling boots in the end.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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