There have been rumors that Jushin Liger could have one last match in wrestling, four years after ending his career for good.
The legendary Junior Heavyweight has wrestled all over the world, winning titles in major companies his entire career.
Liger wrestled primarily for New Japan Pro Wrestling, but found fame as part of World Championship Wrestling’s incredible cruiserweight division.
He wrestled one match for WWE in 2015, before being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2021.
Jushin Liger’s last match took place four years ago, at Wrestle Kingdom, but he could be tempted to step back into the ring if recent rumors are to be believed.
Jushin Liger’s Last Match
Jushin “Thunder” Liger’s last match took place on the second night of NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 14, at the end of his retirement tour.
The former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion teamed with Naoko Sano, in a tag team match against the younger duo of Hiromu Takahashi and Ryu Lee (NXT’s Dragon Lee).
The match pitted the past against the future. Liger and Sano had battled many times for the world championship, having some of the most legendary junior heavyweight matches of all time.
Meanwhile, Takahashi and Lee were seen as the future of the company, being two of the most innovative high-flyers the world had ever seen.
Liger performed well, and looked like he had a few years left in him. Sano sadly slowed the pace down, and could not work as well as Liger did at his age.
The younger duo won the bout, ending the 36-year career of Jushin Liger. It wasn’t the best match on the card, but was a fine way to send off a legend, on the biggest stage possible.
Jushin “Thunder” Liger’s last singles match in New Japan was months before that, against another legend of NJPW in Minoru Suzuki.
Liger had already announced his retirement months prior, and was embarking on a series of matches to round off a legendary 36-year career.
Suzuki won the match at NJPW King of Pro Wrestling 2019 after 18 minutes, ending the singles career of Liger in New Japan (although he wrestled one more outside of the promotion).
After the match, Minoru Suzuki looked to attack Jushin Liger with a chair, in anger.
Instead, he threw it away, instead falling to the mat and bowing to the legendary grappler, thanking him for everything he had done in the ring.
Liger Could Return To Wrestle In AEW
A match against Ricky Starks could show Jushin Liger a chance to return to the ring, four years after his last match in wrestling.
The former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion was present on this week’s AEW Collision, presenting a trophy to the winner of the men’s Owen Hart Foundation Cup.
Liger is one of the few wrestlers around to have fought Owen Hart, facing him for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship during the Canadian’s spell in Japan.
He snatched the trophy from Liger and pushed him aside, indicating a potential heel turn for the young star.
Jushin Liger looked visibly annoyed (despite his mask hiding his face), and although he is long retired, could step back into the ring for one last match, and a debut in AEW.
Liger also regularly works on commentary for NJPW, so with him constantly being around the business, it is not hard to see him coming back for one last shot at greatness.
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