WATCH: Jushin Liger Announces He’ll Retire Next Year

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Japanese wrestling legend Jushin “Thunder” Liger has announced he’ll be retiring from in-ring competition next year. 

The 54-year-old announced his retirement plans at a press conference on Thursday. “Thank you for joining me here,” Liger began the conference, according to a translation by NJPW announcer Chris Charlton. “I will retire next year in January at the Tokyo Dome.”

Liger also confirmed that he plans to wrestle all over the world between now and then. “I was Liger for thirty years, all over the world,” he said. “So while I don’t want to call this a retirement tour, I want to go all over Japan and the world and show myself to everyone one more time.”

Jushin has performed for most of the top wrestling promotions in the world throughout his illustrious wrestling career — which began in 1984. This includes WWF, WCW, NJPW, Stampede Wrestling, Ring of Honor and even NXT.  

Watch his announcement below (if you speak Japanese).