If a tree falls in the woods and no one’s around to hear it, did it make a sound? WWE Rosa Mendes announces her retirement from wrestling.
Rosa Mendes, rare wrestler and somehow forever employed by WWE has seemingly ended her associations with the WWE – announcing her retirement from the wrestling industry and closing the door on any potential return to the company.
Explaining the decision on her Instagram, Mendes said;
“Today is Jordan’s first birthday and it’s also the day that I am announcing my retirement from the WWE. As I write these words I have tears in my eyes because of the love I have for my WWE family, and especially for the WWE universe. For the last 10 years, WWE was my life, my world and my family. I was Rosa Mendes. Now I am Milena Roucka, Jordan’s mother, a soon to be wife and a hard working entrepreneur. For years I have been fortunate to put smiles on people’s faces worldwide, performed for hundreds of thousands of fans and lived off of the adrenaline from the WWE audience. Today, I have this beautiful baby girl, @realjordanschubenski, who looks at me with so much love, the purest of love. There’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t do for her. I’m with the man of my dreams, who supports me and loves me unconditionally, @bobbyschubenski, and I’m running a successful business, @totallyfitmama with my best friend, @fitmamacourt. I once dreamed of becoming a WWE Champion. Now my dream is to be the best mother I can be, to make the man I love happy and proud, and to really change people’s lives with @totallyfitmama. I have finally found happiness but it took years and many tears to find the life I have now. It took courage and strength to make the positive changes that I have made to get to where I am. I know in my heart that everyone can find happiness the way I did. I finally took care of myself which gave me the strength to take care of the people I love the most. @bobbyschubenski you are my love, my inspiration. Thank you for giving me the strength to be the best woman I can be. @chantic, thank you for always being there for me. You’re more than just my sister, you’re my other half. Mom and Tata, thank you for listening and giving me the best advice. You were always there 24/7 and I thank you for supporting me throughout my career in the WWE, and not telling me to quit when I was hurt or down. Terri and Bob, thank you for being the best future in-laws a woman could ever have. You have treated me like a daughter from day one and I love you both so much. @renapaulos, we are soul sisters for life”
She also told WWE.com that her decision was hard, but that she wanted to do it for her family.
“For years, my dream was to become a WWE champion. And, now that I’ve brought a life into this world, and I’m with the man of my dreams, it’s different,” said Mendes.
“I want to be here for my daughter. Realistically, being gone more than 300 days out of the year, it’s hard to be a mother and have your own business.
“I think it would be impossible for me to give 100 percent to my daughter and my business. And, you have to give 150 percent when you’re in WWE.
“It’s sad in a way because I’m in love with the WWE Universe – the girls are doing absolutely amazing. And wrestling has evolved too.
“But I still watch every single week and I love that I can watch with my daughter and fiancée in the comfort of my home.”
Reflecting on her WWE career, Mendes added: “I’ve been able to perform in front of thousands and thousands of people for so many years, and not a lot of people can say that.
“I’ve got to thank Vince McMahon for giving me the opportunity to do what I loved for so many years.”
Mendes debuted on the main roster in WWE during 2008, failing to capture any of the Women’s Championships or Diva’s Championships within the company.
We somehow doubt she’ll be getting a slot in the WWE Hall of Fame anytime soon.