The expiry date on the life span of a WWE star’s career varies. Some have taxed their bodies beyond repair. Others have lost touch with their audience. Many struggle to balance their social responsibility as global entertainers and their behavioral conduct off camera. A few have outgrown their passions and gravitated towards new endeavors. While some have etched out plans for life beyond the ropes, others have found themselves dumbfounded when their time in the WWE came to an end. Many athletes will test their fortunes with rival promotions. A few have managed to sustain their careers following their service with the WWE. Others could never reproduce the hype while performing on competing circuits.
The bottom line remains: some wrestler call it quits on their own terms, while others are not as fortunate. What happens to these performers, who are actually human beings like you and I, once they must part ways with a career many can only dream of? Like any other work environment, real emotions are involved when contracts are not renewed, terminated or resigned from.
As fans of pro wrestling, we become emotionally attached to the characters we watch on television week to week. We are enamored and grow naturally curious to what happens once they move on from the WWE. Here are some of the stories of what the latest series of cuts are up to today!
15 Daniel Bryan: Retired
14 Rich Brennan: Just Released
13 Solomon Crowe: Independent Circuit
12 Jim Duggan: Global Force Wrestling
11 AJ Lee (Brooks): Author
10 Ricardo Rodriguez: Trainer at The Great Khali`s Wrestling School
9 Billy Gunn: Independent Circuit
8 Zahra Schreiber: Dreamwave Wrestling
7 Bull Dempsey: Combat Zone Wrestling
6 Bill DeMott: Podcast Host
5 Layla: Retired
4 Justin Gabriel: Lucha Underground
3 Cal Bishop: Recovering From Injury
2 Sting: Retired
1 Hulk Hogan: $150 Million Settlement
Arguably the face of professional wrestling, Hulk Hogan's legacy and influence are well documented. His most recent service to the WWE found him in the judges chair for the company's reality TV series Tough Enough. When evidenced surfaced of controversial racist remarks Hulk made a while back, he was not only released from the WWE, he was virtually wiped clean from their archives. Hogan was shattered and spent time away from wrestling. During his downtime, Hogan was involved with the promotion of the fantasy sports website Fan Picks. Earlier in 2016, Hulkamania was awarded a $150 million dollar settlement following his lawsuit against tabloid company Gawker for the illegal release of his sex tape. It has been a whirlwind year for The Hulkster and it remains to be seen if he will ever find peace with the WWE.
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