Former WWE NXT & Impact wrestler Kimber Lee announces retirement

Kimber Lee has announced her retirement. 

The 32-year-old had been with Impact Wrestling since 2020 but hadn't performed for the promotion since late 2021. She's wrestled sparingly over the last year, performing for promotions such as SHINE and FEST. 

On Saturday, Lee put out a statement announcing that her "heart is not in this anymore" and she will no longer be taking bookings for the foreseeable future. 

Her statement reads:

The goodbye that I thought would never come. The mistress that has overtaken my life for the past 15 years. At times, wrestling was the greatest thing that ever happened to me. I have been to places and I have gotten to see things that I never would have dreamed of in my lifetime. But at the some time, there comes a point in everyone's life where things just cannot continue in the same fashion that they have, because circumstances and goals evolve and change. 

I originally thought that this was just going to be a break from wrestling. That after some time I would be ready to put my heart into this again and come back better than I have ever been before. But the thing is, the more I think about it, the more I come to realize that my heart is not in this anymore. Kimber Lee brings me instant heartache and anxiety, not the butterflies and joy that once was. There are too many painful wounds that come with going back into this world, and I am not willing to give those wounds my power or dominion over my life anymore. 

With that being said, I will no longer be taking active bookings for the foreseeable future. Kimber is going to step away from the squared circle, and Kimberly Frankele is going out into the world, ready to become something amazing. I know I am being called into my healing abilities, and will be continuing to step forward in that space and I would love to have as many of you as I can along for that journey. When you close one door, you give yourself the opportunity to open up any new door you choose. I have lives to change and heal, and this is my first official step into my true self. As the real me. 

I love you all so much, and with this, the Princess takes her final bow. Let the curtain fall…. 

Before signing with WWE in 2016, Kimber Lee had a successful run in Chikara as Princess KimberLee. She won the promotion's top title, the Chikara Grand Championship, in 2015. Kimber is also a former Shimmer Champion and twice held the SHINE tag titles, once with Stormie Lee and once with Cherry Bomb (AKA Allie, The Bunny). 

Kimber Lee signed with WWE in 2016 and performed as Abbey Laith in NXT until she was released in 2018.  

Lee was married to Zachary Wentz (Nash Carter in NXT) from 2020 until 2022. She posted to social media in April 2022 that Wentz had been physically abusive and also posted a photo of him imitating Adolf Hitler. Wentz was released from WWE shortly after. He was one-half of the NXT Tag Team Champions along with Wes Lee at the time. 

Lee says she is currently enrolled in Reiki and Meditation teacher training.  

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