Former NXT Superstar Jake Atlas took to Twitter today to announce that he was taking a step away from professional wrestling and will likely never return. Atlas’ decision isn’t the cause of an injury, which he states himself in his tweets, but because wrestling was mentally unhealthy for him throughout his career. Atlas wants to find his passion again instead of silently suffering in professional wrestling.
I’m not concussed or “banged up.” I simply just can’t keep going anymore. Take your mental health seriously, both for yourselves & for each other, because we only have one life to live. Thank you to anyone who did support me for 5 years. I didn’t do much, but what I did was fun.
— 𝗝𝗔𝗞𝗘 𝗔𝗧𝗟𝗔𝗦 (@kennymarquez) September 14, 2021
Jake Atlas is openly Gay and has been proud of his sexuality throughout his wrestling career. Atlas began his career training at the Santino Bros Wrestling Academy before making a name for himself throughout Southern California most notably debuting for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla in 2018.
After bursting to prominence on the indies Atlas joined the WWE in late 2019, a story we broke exclusively. Atlas had an underwhelming stint in NXT being mostly confined to the cruiserweight division and eventually only featuring on 205 Live. He was released earlier this year and had come back to the indies with a bang, seemingly set to pick up where he left off in 2019 even competing on Ring Of Honor‘s most recent major event Death Before Dishonor. Instead, Atlas has called time on his career. Atlas’ retirement is sure to bring up the topic of wrestlers and their mental health which has been a growing issue in the industry for some time.
We wish Jake Atlas all the best in his future endeavors and hope he finds the happiness that professional wrestling couldn’t give him.
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