Will One Of These WWE Superstars Be The Next To Retire…After The Undertaker?
With the Undertaker's retirement looming, who else could be nearing the end of their run in the WWE?
The WWE has been the world’s top wrestling promotion for thirty years and it has maintained this position because it has consistently produced great characters who are able to put on entertaining matches.
Many of the wrestling business’ most iconic names have come out of the WWE, and many fans would say that The Undertaker is the greatest of them all, and his resume certainly justifies that claim. Many wrestlers have left the WWE on bad terms, but even they admit that Taker is a true professional and locker room leader.
When Brock Lesnar put an end to Taker’s WrestleMania undefeated streak in 2014, fans thought that the icon was going to retire, but that did not happen, and when he left his gear in the middle of the ring following his defeat at WrestleMania 33 at the hands of Roman Reigns, it looked as though he was finally calling it a career.
The End Is Coming
Taker has had several matches since then though, with the most recent one coming at WrestleMania 36 when he battled AJ Styles in a cinematic Boneyard Match. This was not the type of match WWE is known for, but it received rave reviews, and when it was over a victorious Undertaker posted an image of himself with the words, “It was a hell of a ride!” This prompted many to think that he was finally announcing his retirement.
In a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, The Undertaker admitted that he is not retiring just yet and that he has at least one more great match left in him before calling it a career. He later went on to say that even if he does retire from in-ring competition, he will always be involved in the business in some way.
There is no doubt that Taker’s career is winding down fast, but he is likely not the only WWE superstar who will be hanging up his wrestling boots in the near future. AJ Styles has admitted that his current contract is his last, so he will not be wrestling passed the age of 45 — he is turning 43 next month. Rey Mysterio is also close to calling it quits, as he has expressed interest in putting his mask on the line, which in Lucha wrestling means the end of a wrestler’s career.
John Cena is another prime candidate, as he already teased retirement during the lead up to this year’s WrestleMania. Plus he has a Hollywood career to focus on now.
Triple H has not wrestled in over a year, and now that he is taking a much larger role in the company, the 51-year-old’s time in the ring is also coming to an end, but he will only leave if his last match is against someone like Johnny Gargano or Tommaso Ciampa, two guys who he helped groom in NXT.