The world of professional wrestling is a harsh and unforgiving world, as injuries can happen at any time and can end their careers at any time. Even then, many people devote their whole lives to the business. Now a former TNA talent has retired after 27 years.

The world of professional wrestling is saddened by the fact that Patrick Schulz, a wrestler known in the independent circuits of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, officially retired at the age of 43.

Though not a household name, Schulz had made a mark in European wrestling and had brief stints in the United States with his stints in TNA and USA Championship Wrestling in 2003.

Wrapping up his career on December 15 in Vienna, Austria, Schulz, teamed up with longtime partner Michael Kovac for his farewell match. Despite the victory going to Damon Brox & Chris Colen, the emotional significance of Schulz’s retirement overshadowed the loss. Announcing his departure on Instagram after 27 years in the wrestling world, Schulz expressed gratitude for ending his career on a high note.


”Dear friends! Some of you were there live, some of you may have already noticed. After my tag team title match last Friday at the EWA in Vienna Prater, I announced my official retirement from pro wrestling. Not because I don’t want to or can’t anymore, quite the opposite! I have to admit, Udo Lindenberg & Apache inspired me here: «.. and when I leave, I’ll leave as I came – like a comet! » I wanted to say goodbye with dignity and with a bang. And I couldn’t have asked for a better occasion than a day of team match with three of my longest and best friends in the business, in the Catch tent on the Vienna Prater, in front of this amazing and crazy audience.

It was a very emotional moment for me, and for once it was hard for me to find words on the mic. I would like to thank everyone who was there and the entire Locker Room for your appreciation and your standing ovations. This meant a lot to me and I couldn’t have asked for a better night.

2 days have passed since then This morning I woke up and seriously thought to myself «Was this all just a dream? » And yes, that was it – a dream that became a reality for me and that I was allowed to live for 25 years. I loved every single second of it so much and am beyond blessed that I had the chance to experience so many incredible moments that no money in the world could buy.

We all know how the «normal» society reacts to pro wrestling – everything is just a game, nothing is real, it’s just fake. For me, however, it was exactly the opposite: Only in wrestling I could really be «real», really «me» as a person, as I would be, when nobody was looking. For me, everything is «real» in wrestling than in «normal» life, everything is more intense. Friendship, Collegiate, Enemies, Ups & Downs, High Flights and Deep Falls. And all over again. Damn how much I love it.

It has been an honor and pleasure to entertain, inspire or work with you. And of course – to be able to celebrate with you! Rightpack4life!”

Retiring can always be a very difficult decision for any professional wrestler but there comes a time when one decides it is the right time to hang up their pro wrestling boots. For Patrick Schulz, this week was as good as any for his retirement.

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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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