Back in February, LuFisto announced her impending retirement from wrestling. She made the announcement in an emotional Facebook post, citing severe damage to her knee. Lufisto talked about how she fought through injury just like the guys and how that was unhealthy. She talked about her career and about what it all meant to her. In the end, she concluded that because her body can’t continue and her heart is so heavy, 2019 would be the end of the line for LuFisto.
More than the state of her body, LuFisto put the state of her soul as the cause of her retirement. She writes:
I love wrestling. I love it so much that I fought tooth and nail for respect. I got beat, stretched, called an asshole or a big head because I wanted women to be seen as equals and no, being a manager or valet wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to be a wrestler. That’s all I ever wanted to be.I’m not bitter. I’m heartbroken.Heartbroken that I didn’t prove wrong all those people who were telling me that I was wasting my time, that I was a loser, that I wouldn’t go anywhere… Today, I feel like they’ve won. I’m grateful for every single opportunity and for all the promoters who let me step into their ring. However, I have that emptiness that there is something missing because I didn’t reach my goal of joining one of the major promotions. No matter how hard I try, it just won’t go away.
On August 14, after The Summit, LuFisto noted on her facebook that her orthopedist said she “got [her] shit together so good that there isn’t anything stopping [her] now.” That post also included the hashtag #KneeReplacementNoThankYou. With her knee in improved condition, there isn’t much physical reason for LuFisto to retire. Without the injury, however, she can still achieve her goals. There is no longer a reason not to strive.
At the time of this writing, LuFisto just won the wXw Femmes Fatales tournament (she made it to the finals last year, losing to Meiko Satomura). After her victory, she made an announcement: she’s canceling her retirement. Welcome back, LuFisto. All happiness to you as your career continues.