The ages of wrestlers are completely different to any other form of athletics. Most sports consist of athletes having to legitimately defeat each other meaning the younger stars in their prime will always replace the older guard. Wrestling being predetermined allows them to get away with having older wrestlers continue working as long as their body allows it. The wrestlers in their late 30s and 40s are usually more valuable due to the experience and star power after all of their accomplishments. However, WWE doesn’t want you to know that as they like to present it as a sport.
The fact that older and slower wrestlers will defeat the younger and more athletic talents makes it less believable than other sports. There are other variables such as certain wrestlers being the future that are older than WWE wants fans to realize. Certain younger talents have been given too much too early and it leads to ugly situations. We'll take a look at all of the stories in WWE right now regarding the surprising ages they try to hide. You likely won’t hear the ages of these men and women on WWE television due to Vince McMahon not wanting you to know about it.
15 The Miz: 37
Someone with more success for his age is definitely The Miz. Following a failed WWE Championship run back in 2011, Miz fell back down into the irrelevant tier of stars. It took him years to build his momentum back up. Currently, he is one of the top heels in WWE and delivering an all-time great Intercontinental Championship reign.
Miz doesn’t appear to age one bit and is now actually hitting his prime despite being 37 years old. WWE could easily have Miz work for another decade given his in-ring style and his commitment to the company. However, they wouldn’t want fans to realize he is getting up there in age. Miz still holds his own against the top young new stars and it makes him look younger by association.
14 Kane: 50
It is extremely rare for a 50 year old wrestler to still compete in the ring for WWE but Kane is doing it. The recently turned 50 year old returned to WWE proving he is not retired as many thought. Kane returned to destroy Roman Reigns and get added to the 5 vs. 3 TLC Match. Vince McMahon definitely wouldn’t want fans to know that a Superstar in his 50s beat up Reigns in the middle of the ring.
13 Paige: 25
WWE made an unusual decision when signing Paige at the young age of 19. Paige has been wrestling since she was 13 years old on the European independent circuit meaning she had experience. The call to sign her was due to both her experience at a young age and tremendous potential. Unfortunately, there are risks with betting on a young person regardless of how talented and experienced they are.
12 Bobby Roode: 40
Many of the new WWE stars were once top names in other promotions. Bobby Roode is an example of this when he accomplished everything possible in TNA. A decision to finally leave Impact Wrestling allowed Roode the chance to join on the NXT brand. It only took him about a year to become the biggest star in NXT and move up to the main roster.
11 Dolph Ziggler: 37
The current opponent of Bobby Roode is another WWE Superstar that is older than the company wants to acknowledge. Dolph Ziggler has been employed by WWE for over a decade as someone with great potential. Unfortunately, the potential has never been fulfilled and he is still fading away in obscurity hoping to get a big break.
10 Braun Strowman: 34
Braun Strowman being 34 years old as one of WWE’s biggest stars is a good thing in general. The age indicates he is in his prime and will be able to contribute for another decade if he continues progressing. Strowman however is basically just now having a breakout year after minimal experience. Vince McMahon would not be thrilled with fans basically knowing Strowman was a rookie at 33.
9 Alicia Fox: 31
The double standard between the ages of the men and women on the roster is shown with Alicia Fox. Big Show and Kane are considered the veterans of the male WWE locker room and both guys are respectively 45 and 50 years old. However, the veteran in the WWE women’s locker room is Fox who is only 31 years old.
8 Shinsuke Nakamura: 37
Shinsuke Nakamura made a name for himself in New Japan Pro Wrestling. The work of Nakamura was so unique and special that fans in the United States started going out of his way to watch his Japan work. WWE signed him to debut in NXT back in 2016 and he was instantly a massive star for the brand. The older age of Nakamura made him one of the oldest WWE signings in recent memory.
7 Bo Dallas: 27
The career of Bo Dallas basically peaked before he even hit 25 years old. Bo was a top heel on the NXT brand in 2014 developing a perfectly annoying character that created a legitimate disdain for him. This same character flopped badly on the main roster when he was called up. A lack of strong booking behind him proved to be the difference in the character failing. The fact that he didn’t have the natural talent as other callus was another strike.
6 Finn Balor: 36
The rise of NXT from 2014 to 2016 helped establish it as a touring brand with the capability of filling a large venue for big shows. No one was more pivotal to the growth of the brand than Finn Balor. Triple H signed Balor, Kevin Owens and Hideo Itami at the same time as an incredible group of top names.
5 Charlotte Flair: 31
Charlotte Flair has been presented as the top women’s wrestling star to get called up from NXT. The core of Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss and Carmella are considered the biggest success stories from NXT at the moment looking at their respective successes. WWE likely wouldn’t want fans realizing that Flair is the oldest woman of the bunch at 31 years old.
4 Brock Lesnar: 40
The age of Brock Lesnar shows he is definitely towards the end of his career. Brock has always been adamant that he doesn’t love the wrestling business but rather just does it for money. Mixed martial arts is the legitimate passion of Lesnar along with hobbies on his own time. He is clearly wealthy after making a ridiculous amount of money from WWE and UFC.
3 Daniel Bryan: 36
Daniel Bryan retiring at a young age makes it easy to forget that he is in the same age range of current stars Finn Balor, Shinskue Nakamura and Kevin Owens. At just 36 years old, Bryan could easily wrestle for another five-to-ten years if he chooses to. WWE however doesn’t want that due to his injuries scaring their doctors into believing he is not fit to compete.
2 Asuka: 36
As mentioned earlier, WWE typically prefers to have younger talent in the Women’s Division compared to the men. One exception to this is Asuka getting called up to the main roster at the age of 36. Following many years wrestling in Japan, Triple H signed her to the NXT brand. Asuka spent two years in NXT with an incredible undefeated streak.
1 A.J. Styles: 40
The biggest instance of an age Vince McMahon wants to hide is due to one of his biggest mistakes. A.J. Styles was overlooked by WWE leading to him signing with TNA in its early years. McMahon never was sold on Styles despite his rise as a huge star for TNA. Various stories have suggested that the Southern accent and smaller size are what Vince disliked.
An incredible run with New Japan led to Styles getting noticed by WWE after all the years. They signed him to a contract that allowed him to skip NXT for the main roster in 2016. Styles instantly was a huge star and become one of the top names on SmackDown following the brand split. McMahon reportedly loved his work now regretting on passing on such a star. Styles being 40 years old now means we missed out on so many years of his prime.
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