LuFisto is stepping away from the ring.
On Tuesday night, LuFisto formally announced her retirement from the world of professional wrestling. She hinted at wanting to work a retirement match or two, but has not decided when, where, or with whom she will wrestle. She stated that she has already canceled upcoming bookings and might cancel more.
The 39-year-old revealed she's been dealing with knee issues since 2002 and a recent fall down the stairs made matters worse.
"Truth is that I’ve been wrestling with an empty knee since then… No ACL, MCL or meniscus, just bones. So you can only imagine what was going on in there. Looking back, I have to admit that somewhere deep inside, I knew I was on borrowed time… It just lasted a lot longer than anyone could have predicted," wrote LuFisto.
She continued, "When the orthopedist looked at my x-rays this past Monday, there were no breaks… But it really didn’t look good. There is so much arthrosis, or another name for osteoarthritis. What it means is that, because of the extreme wear and tear, my cartilage is deteriorating. The joint looks like an 80 years old knee. Things could get a lot worst if I don’t do anything about it. One thing is for sure though. I will need a full knee replacement before I’m 50, way sooner if I keep going the way I do. It could also affect my ability to walk and perform regular day to day activities."
LuFisto began wrestling in 1998 in Canada. Over the past two decades, she has wrestled for top companies such as SHINE, Shimmer, EVOLVE, ROH and more. She last wrestled on Feb. 10 at NCW Sur La Route: Ile-Perrot.