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Indy News: Sawa Calls It A Career? (Updated)

The latest end of BattlARTS apparently has also meant the end of the road for one of it’s stars-according to posts today on a couple of blogs hosted/operated by SportsNavi, Munenori Sawa apparently announced his retirement today. Based on my translation of these posts, the collapse of BattlARTS and the lack of similar style matches elsewhere, Futen perhaps being the obvious exception, seemed to be a big reason, although the pst seemed to be rather vague. If this is true, then it possibly means the end of indy favorite Lingerie Muto as well, as that was Sawa’s popular alter-ego used for occasional comedy matches. His last match was yesterday in Futen. There’s been a bit of chatter about it on Sawa’s Twitter (his handle is SAWA_MUNENORI, in Japanese) so this appears to be legit, just hard to tell if he’s retired now of if it will be in the near future. We may have to wait and see, but either way it appears he’s hanging up the boots-and women’s tops-after more than 7 years.

More when/if it becomes available.

UPDATE: It appears he’s not immediately retiring. ZERO1’s English website lists him as being on the card for this weekend’s event, and he’s also apparently entered in the upcoming Tenka-Ichi Jr. tournament. And although I haven’t read it, another SportsNavi blog has added a post that seems to be begging Sawa not to retire. Stay tuned.

  1. 08/23/2011 at 7:58 am

    I haven’t seen one but I do know he has a Twitter handle (SAWA_MUNENORI) and a blog.

  2. 08/23/2011 at 5:38 am

    *fanboy mode*

    Does he have a e-mail adress so fans can convince him of not retiring?

  3. Hugo Costa
    08/22/2011 at 10:31 am

    That is indeed very bad news. I mean, Sawa is a skilled hybrid wrestler, good at kicks, good at submissions, good at just about everything. He was a good comedy wrestler too, but he always managed to be serious when the match required so. He could just go to another brand, probably DDT, since he spent a lot of time there (remember the Takagi\Sawa great tag adventure?)… Let’s see if something shows up about this…

  4. 08/22/2011 at 9:57 am

    He definitely could’ve been a freelancer at the very least, or maybe hooked up with ZERO1 or DDT. As far as BattlARTS, he probably would’ve had to talk to Yuki Ishikawa about that, since it was his promotion. If it holds up parto f me will miss Lingerie Muto, he did some good comedy matches.

  5. 08/22/2011 at 9:46 am

    Wrestling-wise, this is just heartbreaking!

    A amazingly talented wrestler, with so much charisma and a unique style, living the industry at such a young age. I was hoping he could handle BattlArts management, and perhaps save the company, or even creating a new one…

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