Former Impact Wrestling X-Division Champion Doug Williams has retired. He announced his retirement after losing a career match at Sunday’s PROGRESS Hello Wembley event.
Overwhelmed by the amazing response I have received. Some totally unexpected! I will take this moment to formally announce my retirement. I am finished in the UK now but still have some international bookings to fulfil. Thank you once again and keep supporting British Wresting!
— Doug Williams (@DougWilliamsUK) October 1, 2018
— PROGRESS Wrestling (@ThisIs_Progress) September 30, 2018
The retirement stipulation was Williams’ idea because he had already planned to retire next year.
Williams began wrestling in the 1990’s as Doug the Anarchist. Many wrestlers who use the rolling suplex credit Williams for exposing them to the move.
He has wrestled for several promotions including ROH and Pro Wrestling NOAH but fans in the United States would remember him best from his time with TNA (Impact) Wrestling as the leader of the British Invasion faction.
Later, he had a run as the X-Division and TV Champion. Williams returned to Great Britain after being released by Impact in 2013. He was the PROGRESS World Atlas Champion before his loss on Sunday.