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Former WWE star Adam Rose announces retirement from pro wrestling



Raymond Leppan, aka former WWE Superstar Adam Rose, has announced that he will not be taking any future wrestling bookings because he will be retiring after he fulfills his remaining commitments. The 39-year-old announced the news on his Instagram account.

Rose began his career on the South African independent scene in 1995 as Z-Max. He was signed to a WWE developmental deal in 2010 and wrestled as Leo Kruger but was later repackaged as Adam Rose in NXT.

Rose made his debut on the main roster in 2014 but he left the company in 2016 due to personal issues. Initially, he said 2017 would be his last year in the wrestling business but he continued wrestling due to financial reasons.

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In January, Rose thanked fans for helping him get sober and he posted a before and after photo. These days, he is looking pretty jacked. Click here to see a photo of what he looks like today.

Rose wrote:

"I want to announce my full time retirement from the wonderful world of professional wrestling. It's been one hell of a ride. I will be fullfiling all dates currently booked but not taking any more bookings going forward. Thank you to the fans who supported me, the promoters who booked me, all the good brothers and sisters who worked with me. Mainly thank you to the @wwe for letting a 9 year old South African boy live his dream. Many blessings and so much love to all. Goodbye and thank you. #wwe#nxt#raw#smackdown#shootlife#prowrestling"