It was announced by Stardom earlier today that Wonder of Stardom Champion Arisa Hoshiki had been forced to retire aged 24 due to head and neck injuries. Her final match for the promotion took place in February 2020.
She made her wrestling debut aged just 15, and despite leaving the wrestling business for 6 years between 2012 and 2018, she was one of the promotion’s brightest prospects.
She famously took part in the first ever women’s match at Wrestle Kingdom earlier this year alongside Iwatani.
Stardom released the following statement regarding her retirement:
“We are saddened to report that due to neck and head injuries, Arisa Hoshiki has officially retired. The Wonder of Stardom title has been returned to Stardom. We wish Arisa the very best in her future. Thank you for your continued support of Stardom.”
Hoshiki also released he own statement, thanking fans for their support.
“Stardom fans, long time no see, thank you for always showing me support. It’s Arisa Hoshiki. After asking you to wait, I can now announce it. I was absent from the Korakuen Hall show on March 8 due to head and neck issues. After discussions with doctors, Mr. Harada (President of Bushiroad Fight) and Mr. Ogawa (Rossy Ogawa, Stardom Executive Producer), I have decided that I will retire.
“I’ve not been well for about a year, but I was able to continue because I enjoyed doing professional wrestling, and my feelings helped keep me going. However, since my physical condition has deteriorated this year and I have accumulated various injuries, I am out of balance mentally and physically, so I can’t continue.
“At present, my neck has improved, but my head is still in bad condition. I wanted to return the Wonder of Stardom belt as soon as I got into such a state, but I think that the timing was bad because of the coronavirus and so on. I can’t settle in-ring issues with Natsuko Tora, Giulia and Tam Nakano. I wanted to fight against those three guys especially for my White Belt, but I couldn’t finish it because of my body, and to all the fans who were looking forward to it, I am sorry.
“In the end, I wanted to tell the fans in the ring, but we have this current world situation. I’m really sorry that the announcement was made while the Stardom shows aren’t happening. In the future, I will continue to do work that I love while watching my physical and mental conditions. It was a short time that I came back to wrestling, but I would like to thank you all for your support.”
We wish her all the best for the future.