Jushin "Thunder" Liger has announced that he will retire in January at the Tokyo Dome.
Liger says he will be out of the New Japan Cup tour but he hopes to be part of the big NJPW/ROH G1 Supercard in New York City during WrestleMania weekend.
Liger debuted in 1984 under his real name before becoming Jushin Liger in 1989 at the Tokyo Dome. In 1990, he became Jushin Thunder Liger and fans in the United States would get to know him when WCW brought him in during their first attempt to establish a Light Heavyweight division in 1991.
During his stint with WCW, he had great matches with names like Brian Pillman and Brad Armstrong and they generated a buzz among hardcore fans because they were doing things not seen on a national stage in the United States. Liger also wrestled Pillman on the first-ever WCW Monday Nitro.
Liger has won several titles and accolades including the IWGP Jr. title 11 times, the Jr. Tag Team titles six times and best of the Super Juniors tournament in 1994 and 2001. Liger was never under contract with WWE but Triple H brought him in for one night at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in 2015 where he defeated Tyler Breeze.