Rhyno, currently the only old school ECW guy under active contract with the WWE, has been popular with wrestling fans since his debut in 1994, for many reasons: he’s a high energy monster with solid in-ring skills, his finisher is the manliest spear that anyone has ever speared, he has barely aged in two decades, he has beautiful hair, and his theme music encourages people to shout at the top of their lungs (Wrestling fans loves shouting and singing). However, the Man Beast is 41 years old, he’s been wrestling for 23 years, and he’s worked all over the world, spending the most time in ECW, WWE, TNA, and Ring of Honor. Unlike some men on this list, Rhyno hasn’t been booked poorly since returning to the WWE: along with Heath Slater, he was the inaugural Smackdown Tag Team Champion and a storyline where he turns on Slater seems to be on the horizon. However, Rhyno has political ambitions in his home state of Michigan, having recently run for the House of Representatives. He has a post-wrestling career planned out and it’s only a matter of time before he turns his attention to that full time.
- John Cena
If you listen closely, you can actually hear the WWE panicking as John Cena creeps closer and closer to retirement. While the Doctor of Thuganomics isn’t a full on part-timer yet, despite what many people have shouted angrily from the reaches of the Internet, he’s definitely heading for that territory. To be fair, Cena deserves it: for the best 11 years, he’s carried the WWE on his back as the face of the company, doing incomparable amounts of charity and media work while working a full wrestling schedule. He’s actually boosted himself back from injury early more than once just so he could fulfill his duties to the company. He clearly loves the business more than just about anyone. While he’s actually gotten better in-ring in the past few years, inarguably better than he’s ever been, he’s also 39, soon-to-be 40, and he has a lot of mileage on him. He’ll stay with the company as long as he can, as often as he can, but he, and the WWE, are clearly planning for the end.