Last year, several WWE superstars tied their boots. Some were young, and some were working for decades before having their final match in WWE.
Kurt Angle, for instance, had a retirement tour last year that lasted until WrestleMania 35 where King Corbin beat him and ended his career. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson also surprised his fans when he announced his retirement. He hadn’t wrestled a single match since 2016 but the fans were still not expecting him to retire before having a showdown against his cousin, Roman Reigns.
More retirements are waiting for us in 2020. Some wrestlers are old enough to consider retirement, but the question is, who are they going to be. In this article, we will look at 5 WWE superstars we might see retiring this year.
5. Triple H
Triple H is one of the few superstars who doesn’t usually miss out on WWE pay-per-views. Yes, his schedule has been refined in the past few years and he doesn’t wrestle on every show, but it’s surprising that he’s missing WrestleMania this year.
‘The Game’ wrestled Batista last year with his career being on the line. But it was the Marvel actor who lost the bout and retired from in-ring competition forever. HHH could be next to tie his boots. He’s missing WrestleMania and that’s the biggest hint thus far of his retirement.
Some would say that he doesn’t have a lot of gas left in the tank, and while we can’t confirm the authenticity of this statement, there has to be some truth in it. Triple H was recently demoted by WWE but the irony here is that his workload has increased. He is the creative genius behind NXT and believes younger talents to be the future of the company. That’s enough of a reason for him to retire.
4. John Cena
John Cena has already teased his retirement. He wasn’t supposed to wrestle at WrestleMania but due to ‘The Fiend’, it’s happening.
Their rivalry is taking a new turn and it’ll be interesting to see who stands tall at ‘Mania during the Firefly Fun House match. Backstage rumors support the claims that ‘The Fiend’ will pin Cena at the Grandest Stage of Them All, and it’s most likely true.
Cena’s acting career is ascending into great heights and he probably doesn’t want to risk his body anymore. Because it would cost the production millions of dollars and it could also get him blacklisted from a certain franchise. Cena has given his all to WWE and it’s time he put over another superstar and part ways from the company.
Don’t think he can’t retire? Yes, it’s WrestleMania without a live audience but so what? COVID-19 was unexpected. This is unexpected. And wrestlers DO perform even after retiring. Can’t you see? (pun intended)
3. The Undertaker
First things first, let’s keep things kayfabe for this one instance. Okay?
Six years ago, everyone believed The Undertaker retired when Brock Lesnar defeated him at WrestleMania and broke the streak. Three years ago, Roman Reigns defeated ‘Taker and fans had similar thoughts. ‘The Deadman’ never retired though.
One of the oldest superstars in WWE, Undertaker still wants to collect that paycheck Vince McMahon gives him after every match. Saudi Arabia matches alone made more money to him than the last few years.
But everyone has their limits that they can’t get past. The Undertaker (character) was vital for WWE programming in the 90s and even in the early 2000s but today’s generation can’t take him seriously.
At WrestleMania, Styles would face ‘The Phenom’ and we know he’s going to lose. It’ll allow ‘Taker to completely transition to a new character (yes there’s more to come).
2020 will mark the end of old The Undertaker and transition him into someone that resembles his former character but still seems refreshing.
Roman Reigns was supposed to face Goldberg at WrestleMania 36. However, he requested WWE to make a last-minute change and replace him with someone else. Braun Strowman ended up taking his place and Goldberg probably defeated him to retain his title (yes, ‘Mania is already recorded).
This means that WWE still wants Reigns to beat Goldberg. The current Universal Champion will likely defend his title against ‘The Big Dog’ at SummerSlam and hang his boots after losing there.
1. Ronda Rousey
Many superstars could only dream to have a career like Ronda Rousey. Upon her debut at Royal Rumble 2018, she feuded with Triple H and Stepanie McMahon, where Kurt Angle also supported her. Then a year later, she would main-event WrestleMania along with Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.
‘The Rowdy One’ remained undefeated for most of her career and only Lynch has managed to pin her in the ring. Since losing the RAW Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 35, Rousey hasn’t appeared on WWE television. She injured her hand during her last match, and later, due to personal reasons, she opted not to work in WWE although she’s still contracted to WWE for another year.
Rumors have it that Ronda Rousey could return to WWE soon. This might even happen during WrestleMania when Becky Lynch faces Shayna Baszler. As we know, Rousey’s a friend of Baszler and she might help her win a title in WWE. If this happens, we could finally see a one-on-one match between ‘The Man’ and Ronda Rousey, and the latter could finally retire when her contract expires (April 10, 2021).
Otherwise, she could just retire without returning. For her, having a family is far more important than her passion for wrestling. But because she was seen in the performance center a few days ago, we believe she has one more match left in the tank.