Former WWE Star Says He Will Retire This Year

Former WWE wrestler Adam Rose has said that 2017 will be his final year in professional wrestling.

Rose, whose real name is Raymond Leppan, sent out a tweet making the announcement on Saturday:

The next morning, Rose tweeted out a follow-up:

Leppan currently is working under the name of Krugar, a variation on the Leo Kruger name he used for the bulk of his time in WWE's developmental system.

He also has worked independent dates under the name of Aldo Rose.

Called up to the main roster in the spring of 2014 using the Rose gimmick and accompanied to ringside by an ever-changing cast of colorfully costumed "Rosebuds", Rose actually went undefeated for several months following his debut. He turned heel in the latter part of 2014, then abandoned the gimmick and joined the Social Outcasts in January of 2016. Last April, Rose was suspended for 30 days following a violation of the WWE wellness policy. While he was suspended, Rose was arrested on charges of domestic violence, which later were dropped. However, 12 daysafter the arrest, WWE released him from the company. 

Originally from South Africa, Rose made his debut in wrestling in 1995 in his home country, having his first match when he was just 15 years old. 

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