Awesome Kong Announces Retirement At NWA EmPowerrr

Following a distinguished 19-year career

Awesome Kong announced her retirement from professional wrestling at NWA's EmPowerrr pay-per-view on Saturday night in St. Louis.

Kong's retirement came during a segment that began with Gail Kim making an appearance. After discussing her joy in taking part in the event, Kim was confronted by Taryn Terrell, Jennacide, and Paola Blaze. Kong then hit the ring and dispatched of all three of them.

Taking the mic, Kong told Kim that she was her greatest foe, and that there was no other way to end her career than sharing the ring with her. She then said she was done, and followed up by sharing an emotional hug with Kim.

Kong last worked for a national organization in AEW, as part of the short-lived Nightmare Collective faction. She took a hiatus in early 2020 to film the Netflix series GLOW. Earlier this summer, AEW opted not to renew Kong's contract, and the two sides parted ways.

In her career, Kong has held championships in All Japan Women, the NWA, and Impact Wrestling. She also worked for WWE between 2010 and 2012, under the name Kharma.

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