The landscape of pro wrestling is ever-changing, with new stars rising to prominence as seasoned veterans step away from the spotlight. Recently, the industry witnessed another significant transition as Jazzy Gabert, a former standout competitor in the Mae Young Classic, announced her retirement from in-ring competition.
Gabert, whose illustrious career spanned two decades, has graced various wrestling promotions worldwide, including NJPW, NXT UK, Stardom, and wXw. Her dynamic presence and formidable skill set made her a notable figure in women’s wrestling. Unfortunately, for fans and admirers, Gabert has decided that her time between the ropes has come to an end.
In a heartfelt message shared on her Facebook, Jazzy Gabert expressed her readiness to hand over the reins to the younger talent eager to make their mark in the pro wrestling industry. “About 10 years ago, an English promoter told me it was time for me to hand over the torch. But God knows I wasn’t ready for it, and it annoyed me a lot. At least in retrospect, I can say that there was still a lot to come,” she reflected.
“The last 10 years have been a high, higher, highest. Now, in 2023, with a 20-year in-ring career, I can say, I pass the torch. The future of German wrestling looks bright. The young talents have fire and the necessary respect and discipline to go far. I’m getting out of the ring now, and I’m now the organizer. That’s where I found my new passion.”
It’s true that Gabert’s momentum in wrestling encountered a pause during the pandemic, as did many others in the industry. While professional wrestling experienced an unprecedented standstill, Gabert battled through, exploring different interests, yet eventually made a return to the squared circle. Despite this brief resurgence, she has now made the difficult decision to wrestle no more.
Jazzy Gabert’s new trajectory focuses on the behind-the-scenes aspect of wrestling, finding joy in organizing and perhaps shaping the sport’s future in an entirely different role. As the curtain falls on her rich in-ring career, the pro wrestling community looks back on her legacy with admiration and looks forward to her contributions from the sidelines.
As with any retirement, fans and wrestling colleagues often speculate about potential comebacks. However, for Gabert, it seems her decision is final. She leaves behind an inspiring legacy and a path for fresh faces who will vie for their spot in the annals of pro wrestling history.
While the news may evoke mixed emotions among the audience, her departure is a testament to the cycle of renewal within the pro wrestling world. It’s never easy to say goodbye to such talented performers, but with farewells come new beginnings.
What are your thoughts on Jazzy Gabert’s departure from in-ring action? Do you have memories of her performances that stand out, or hopes for her future endeavors in organizing? Feel free to share your perspectives in the comments section as we honor the career of a wrestler who gave so much to the sport.