At Defiant Wrestling‘s Road To No Regrets event in Newcastle, England last night, Jason Prime – better known to wrestling fans as Primate – announced his retirement from professional wrestling. Primate revealed that following a ring accident eight weeks ago, he had broken his jaw and had to have it rebuilt and wired shut (hence his speaking in the video below). But following a check up last Friday, he was informed by the doctor that his wrestling days were now over as any form of impact to his jaw ongoing could result in his weakened jaw shattering. With a tear in his eyes, Primate thanked Defiant, WhatCulture and the fans in attendance, as he revealed he was retiring from the ring.
The news is even sadder when you consider that Primate is only a four year veteran of the ring, trained by Rampage Brown and beginning with Cumbria’s Target Wrestling in 2014, then Newcastle’s Main Event Wrestling (MEW) in 2015. In 2016, he got his big break as he was selected for the opening roster for WhatCulture’s foray into professional wrestling, WCPW, where he became a fan favourite for his hardcore approach to the sport. He was WCPW’s first Hardcore Champion, and stayed with the promotion when it transitioned to Defiant Wrestling last year. He won another Hardcore Championship and recently held the Defiant Tag Team titles alongside another UK savage, Jimmy Havoc. Through his work with Defiant and rise through the UK indie scene, Primate found himself on cards with PROGRESS, ICW, IPW:UK and much more.
The good news is that Jason Prime has already found a new venture post-Primate – in fact it was in motion before his retirement announcement. Prime will be a key part of Battle Ready, a brand new performance center and training school for British wrestling, that looks to open this coming summer.
FINALLY!! I’ve been waiting weeks to announce this and the time has arrived!! Please support what has been a dream of mine for years by spreading the word and grab a tshirt!! #battleready #wrestling #strongman #strengthandconditioning pic.twitter.com/A8bl302t8U
— PRIMATE (@The_Primate_) February 26, 2018
It didn’t take long for BritWres stars, promoters and personalities to sound off on British wrestling’s loss.
Gutting news about @The_Primate_ retiring. Genuine top bloke who no matter how low he was feeling would always see a positive side and be full of laughs. Good luck with the training school bro, catch you down the road.
— Mark Haskins (@ThisIsHaskins) March 27, 2018
Gutted to hear about @The_Primate_ having to step away from the ring due to injury – his hard work deserved so much more. Everybody go and support @BattleReadyNCL, his new training centre that opens this summer! pic.twitter.com/stWz8nccoR
— Ross Tweddell (@RossOnRasslin) March 27, 2018
We are very sorry to hear that “The Primate” Jason Prime has had to retire. Undoubtably the greatest MEW champion of all time, he brought it every time he stepped foot in the ring pic.twitter.com/ahDdDmN7Vb
— Main Event Wrestling (@MEWrestlingUK) March 27, 2018
Very sad to hear of @The_Primate_ having to step away from Wrestling… I never got to wrestle him directly but I did get to spend time with him at shows. Genuine nice guy with a tremendous attitude and all the potential to be a big star. All the very best to you friend… ❤️
— LionheartUK (@LionheartUK) March 27, 2018
Very sad to hear that @The_Primate_ has had to retire from in ring action due to his jaw injury
Our last match lasted less than 2 minutes but I’m glad we had it
Cheers for putting me over..I felt like Lesnar#0Stars
— Jack Jester (@GlasgowJester) March 27, 2018
— Martin Kirby (@MKirbyProEgo) March 27, 2018
I’ve been lucky enough to share some class times with @The_Primate_ both inside and outside of the ring. Someone who always brightened up the dressing room and always had a great story to tell. We’ll always have our battles on a bouncy castle to look back on and laugh about mate.
— El Ligero (@Ligero1) March 27, 2018
Had some great battles with @The_Primate_ and very sad to see his career cut short, and a dream too.
Head over tohttps://t.co/yOGSBfc4xX
to check out his other dream in his top notch training facility that is coming soon! Battle Ready! purchase a quality bit of clobber too!
— Joe Coffey (@Joe_Coffey) March 27, 2018
I am gutted to hear the news about, @The_Primate_ having to take a step back from the ring.
Said it the other week. He's the kind of man you want on your team.
Genuine, charasmatic, fun, hard working, talented & much more.
Love this guy. pic.twitter.com/CqVy6DNens
— Joseph Conners (@JosephConners) March 27, 2018