After losing the ICW Women’s Championship to Kay Lee Ray at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland Carmel Jacob took the microphone and announced her departure from wrestling. She later posted the following on her facebook account, confirming that she has retired.
“So The Hydro happened and what an adrenaline rush that was! I want to thank everyone for all their kind tweets and messages. For those in doubt I will confirm, last night was my last match. I had not shared this with any fellow wrestlers prior to the show because truth be told, I knew it wouldn’t take much for someone to change my mind. This has been the hardest decision that I have ever had to make and I truly feel very sad.
I cropped up at wrestling training as a 16 year old girl desperate to live the dream. The people I have met over the past 12 years have become family. For the constant and unconditional encouragement and support; for the ridiculous banter and laughter; and for the inspiration, I thank you all.
I don’t want to ramble on too much because I feel that you have all heard enough from me over the years but I do want to say, I really have tried my best. I remember as a kid doing presentations in English class claiming that I was going to be a professional wrestler. As I stood at the top of the ramp last night and looked out at 6000+ fans, I felt like a professional wrestler. To everyone involved in ICW’s success, particularly Dallas Mark, from the bottom of my heart thank you for allowing me to have that moment, I don’t think I could ever have closed this chapter of my life without it.
Liam Thomson you have been chauffeuring me to and from wrestling shows for 12+ years now and that is not going to stop any time soon. I am so chuffed with little toddler me for becoming obsessed with wrestling in the first place because that obsession has led me to you.
Wrestling has consumed me for so much of my life, it has always been on my mind in everything I do, moving on from that is my next challenge. But I know that this is the right decision for me, from a mental and a physical perspective. I have heard people talk about how this business is a drug and with any drug there are some terrible lows, I have been feeling those lows for some time now; last night was a high, an incredible high, and that is how I want to remember my journey.
I really didn’t know how I would feel today. I was scared I’d feel regret. I want to assure you that I don’t, in fact for the first time in a long time, when I was walking my doggy through the beautiful frosty hills this morning, I felt at peace.
Wrestling world, it has been a fucking blast! And to my crazy, dysfunctional family of wrestlers and promoters and referees and all those I have met along the way, you better still invite me along to things ya fuckers! Over and out.