Top 15 Wrestlers Who Will Retire In The Next 5 Years
Wrestlers can’t go forever. Although some wrestlers, especially Terry Funk, try to stay in the squared circle as long as they possibly can, the sad reality is that even the most talented ring generals will have to hang up their boots and walk away someday. While some wrestlers, like Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, and the Undertaker, all of whom had some of their best years over the age of forty, can stay good longer than others, there will eventually be a drop in talent, production, and work rate. As the past few years have shown, with the untimely retirements of Edge and Daniel Bryan, and Ric Flair’s beautiful farewell ceremony, the most heart wrenching aspect of this industry (Besides 30 minute long McMahon Family nonsense promos) is seeing wrestlers say goodbye for good.
The WWE is currently in the midst of a transitional period, where many of the old guard, the last remnants of the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression Era, are slowly retiring and leaving the business in the hands of the younger talent (At least every day besides WrestleMania. Right, Goldberg?). In the next few years, we’re sure to see even more former players call it quits and leave the business in the hands of the New Generation. So, without further ado, this list will take a look at fifteen wrestlers who could retire in the next five years.
- Big Show
This one is cheating a little bit, because of all the people on this list, Big Show’s impending retirement is the only one that is official. The former pretend son of Andre the Giant (WCW was weird) confirmed it himself that he’ll be retiring after his blockbuster match-up against Shaquille O’Neal at WrestleMania 33 (WWE is weird, too). It’s fair to say that Big Show’s retirement is coming at a good time. He’s been wrestling for 22 years and he’s been slowing down for a while now. The company usually only uses him for the stupidest angles they can think of and, as a result, many fans have grown tired of his presence on TV, as well as his constant, somewhat hilarious flip flopping between heel and face. Some vocal fans have even taken to chanting “Please retire” at him. Regardless, the World’s Largest Athlete will be missed, as he’s given his all for the business and has given fans many great, albeit occasionally ridiculous, moments over the years. His monster truck sumo match against Hulk Hogan at Halloween Havoc ’95 was inarguably the best match in pro wrestling history and deserves all your love and admiration.
- Nikki Bella
This one may seem unlikely, as Nikki Bella currently sits as one of the biggest stars of the Smackdown Women’s Division, and probably next in line for a title run, but recent history says that the Nikki “I Wish You Had Died in the Womb” Bella won’t be in the WWE for too much longer. This time last year, Nikki’s future as a wrestler was in question, as she had suffered a devastating neck injury that required surgery and for her to change her finisher. Rumors were flying all over the place that she may never wrestle again or that, at best, she would have to work a reduced schedule for the rest of her career. While she has bounced back nicely, the history of wrestlers with neck injuries tells us that she’s probably competing on borrowed time. It’s a shame, as she’s improved leaps and bounds since joining the company, but given her injury history, it’s entirely possible she progressively works less and less over the next five years.
You may not know it, but R-Truth, one of the top five best rappers in WWE history (The other four are Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, and Randy Savage), is 45 years old. He wrestled for the WWE between 2000-2002 as K-Kwik, where he rapped with Road Dogg, then for TNA between 2002-2007 as K-Krush and Ron Killings, where he was tag team champions with Cincinnati Bengals corner back and real life crazy person, Pacman Jones, then finally came back to the WWE in 2008, where he raps alone and occasionally with Goldust. It’s fair to say that R-Truth probably won’t be an in-ring talent for too much longer. WWE Creative hasn’t had anything meaningful for him to do since his inspired heel run and tag team with The Miz, Awesome Truth, in 2011. He’s mostly just used for filler and bad comedy skits on RAW and isn’t taken seriously as an in-ring competitor. He may retire or leave the company, but it’s hard to imagine R-Truth not disappearing in the next five years.