During a recent interview, former WWE superstar Jazz shocked her fans when she casually announced her retirement from in-ring wrestling, bringing an end to her glorious career. Here is all to know about her.
Since its inception, the WWE has remained the biggest wrestling brand in the business and amassed a large fan base globally. In recent years, the WWE divas division has spearheaded the company's push to remain at the top amid fierce competition from rivals AEW.
Fresh faces like the Bella twins, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey have injected new life to the rooster and giving wrestling fans something to talk about.
Wrestler, Jazz speaks in an interview with Women's Wrestling Weekly. | Photo: Youtube/ AfterBuzz TV Wrestling & Sports
However, the new generation of stars would not have the stage if not for the enormous work put in by WWE legends like Jazz, who delivered pure entertainment to fans for several decades.
During a recent interview with "Chris Van Vliet live" at the Independent Wrestling Expo, the 48-year-old wrestler announced her retirement from in-ring action. In her words:
"Maybe I was [working], few months ago, but honestly, I just had my last match this past Sunday, I'm done with in-ring."
Jazz further explained that she had planned on having a tour this year to herald her retirement. But the novel coronavirus pandemic prevented her from going ahead with the plans.
More importantly, Jazz revealed she had some niggling injury concerns that eventually led her to forfeit her NWA title. She claimed her retirement would give her more time to focus on her family, especially her two daughters.
However, she continued to wrestle and later competed in the NWA, where she held the NWA World Women's Championship for over 900 days.
Jazz was born on August 27, 1972, as Carlene Denise Moore-Begnaud, in New Orleans, Louisiana. After dropping out of high school, she joined a wrestling school in Louisiana and began training with Rod Price.
She initially used the stage name Jazzmine, and her professional wrestling career took a lift when she joined Extreme Championship Wrestling through an alliance called the Impact Players.
Jazz quickly became known for her very physical and dominating style of wrestling. Additionally, she was not afraid to slug it out with the men and was involved in a feud with ECW TV Champion Jason Knight, defeating him at Heat Wave in 1999.
In 2001, She joined the WWE under the new ring name "Jazz" and made her debut in a six-pack challenge. Even though her stay in WWE was hampered by several injuries, she is a two-time women's champion.
Jazz officially ended her run in the WWE universe in 2004. However, she continued to wrestle and later competed in the NWA, where she held the NWA World Women's Championship for over 900 days.
Jazz may have retired from in-ring action, but she is still very involved with the business angle and tutelage. Her fans might also get to see her in action on a planned 2021 tour.