|Happy retirement, Tomoka|
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She didn't go out with a whimper either. Without divulging specific match spoilers of tapings I won't see until December at the earliest, she brought over some heavy guns to participate in her final weekend of pro wrestling action. Mayumi Ozaki may have been to America for a SHIMMER weekend last year, but Aja Kong, Dynamite Kansai, AKINO, and Kyoko Kimura tag along just to say farewell, then yeah, I'd say the festivities were a big deal. Even without seeing a minute of footage, just the names alone gave me a shiver up my spine.
Although it's odd for a wrestler from Japan to end her career in America instead of her native land (at least to me, it is), no one could deny that Nakagawa over the years had become as much a member of the essential SHIMMER fabric as she was of promotions in her native land. In a way, her final matches taking place in Berwyn, IL seemed appropriate. Either way, I'm glad she got to go out on her own terms, and I hope retirement finds her well enough. She burst into wrestling on her own terms, so of course she should go out the same way.