In the first Tokyo Dome of the Heisei Era,
Jyushin Thunder Liger debuted. And I was able to have my last match
at the same place, the Tokyo Dome. However, my opponent Hiromu ripped me apart. That reassured me that I could
retire without any reservations. For these past 31 years, I want to
thank you all so much fo your support. The pro-wrestler, Jyushin Thunder Liger, is done. But New Japan Pro-Wrestling will only get bigger
and better. Please keep supporting them. Now, at the end, I’d like to make
a personal comment, if I can… Today, my mother is here,
all the way from Hiroshima. Mother, I want to thank you so much
for the way you raised me. And to my wife, Chi-chan and
my son, Takamitsu… I’ve left you two lonely for very long.
Now you’ll have to deal with a lot more of me. Thank you all for these 31 years! We ask that you all stand for a
ten bell salute, please. The world famous Jyushin Thunder Liger! Thank you all so much. What did you think of the ceremony? I was in the moment. It almost felt like it was
happening all around me. However, now it really has hit me
that it’s all truly over. What did you think of Inoki’s message? That was a big surprise! Among his students I was an underachiever.
He used to scold me quite often. I’m very grateful to receive that
message from Inoki at the end. You also made personal comments to your family… My mother and I don’t talk a lot. So I don’t
often get to express my gratitude to her. I wanted to do my duty, as a son. And when my family stepped into the ring,
I almost lost it. But I didn’t want people to see me crying. But my son was bursting into tears,
even before me. That broke the tension for me, a bit. So, I want to thank to my son for that. You decided to show up in
your full costume today. Earlier I met with fans. I wore regular clothes,
but I wanted to look different in my ceremony. Also, this is who Jyushin Thunder Liger is. Since I won’t wrestle anymore, I don’t need
the full costume, but today was very special. I hope this was the right decision. If I count the years before the mask,
my career is 35 years long. Many people, press and fans all over
the world have taken good care of me. And many are already suggesting
new things for me to do. If it weren’t for everyone’s support,
Liger wouldn’t exist. So, I don’t want let people down after this. I will start next chapter of my life,
like Inoki wants me to do. So, your next chapter starts tomorrow… Tomorrow?
I guess I still have interviews and stuff… And something else is in motion.
I think we can reveal that soon. But Mutoh told me I can just un-retire whenever. But I won’t. I won’t even wrestle in
an old-timer’s match. Because this was a grand send-off. I promise, I’ll never come back to wrestle. So, please tell Mutoh I’m sorry. What’s the first thing you want to do,
that you couldn’t before? I just want to sleep in. Just eat and
sleep and not have to train so much. For a few days, I hope to be lazy.
Doing nothing. But I will keep training. Then I will work hard on the
next chapter of my life. Are we good? Thank you all so much for these 31 years.