The performance aspect professional of wrestling makes it different from any other form of sport or athletics. Most sports features the athletes generally being in the same age range. Major North American sports usually see most athletes in their 20s and early 30s. WWE is not competition based when it comes to actually trying to defeat each other. The worked finishes means you just have to be in good enough shape to compete at a high level and do your own individual job right. This has led to a wide age gap on the roster with talents ranging from their early 20s into early 50s.
Some of the greatest matches of all time featured aging veterans going against young stars. Hulk Hogan was old enough to be The Rock’s father at WrestleMania X8 yet the two worked together to have a classic match that is still discussed today. It shows how important the performance is rather than the pure athleticism. We'll take a look at the huge age gap between various current WWE roster members. The young wrestlers are barely over the legal drinking age and the older wrestlers are old enough to be parents. These are eight wrestlers barely over the legal age limit along with seven old enough to be their fathers.
15 Young - Peyton Royce: 24
The Women’s Division in NXT is creating a new core of female talent. Asuka is on her way to the main roster giving chances to quite a few ladies ready for a bigger role. One of the most entertaining acts in NXT right now is the “Iconic Duo” of Peyton Royce and Billie Kay. Both ladies come from respected wrestling pasts coming up in the Australian scene before making the move to the United States.
14 Old - Goldust: 48
The oldest full-time wrestler in WWE right now is Goldust. As the son of the legendary Dusty Rhodes, Goldust always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and began wrestling in the late 80s. Goldust is one of the extremely rare active wrestlers to actually have a match in the 80s which shows his age. It appeared his career was over a few years ago when WWE released him in 2012.
13 Young - Liv Morgan: 23
The 23 year old Liv Morgan is one of the youngest established performers in NXT right now. Morgan hasn't done much as of late but has been on television enough to get her persona across. Fans loved her at the Full Sail venue for NXT shows and she even received a few opportunities to appear on main roster WWE live events.
12 Old - R-Truth: 45
The aging process hasn’t physically hit R-Truth the way it does with the most of us. It shouldn’t be too surprising that R-Truth is 45 years old given he first worked for WWE during the Attitude Era. R-Truth has continued working full-time in the wrestling industry since his first run with WWE ended in 2002. A great tenure in TNA helped get him back on WWE’s radar in 2008 leading to his signing.
11 Young - Aliyah: 22
Another extremely young prospect in the WWE Performance Center is Aliyah. WWE signed her at the age of 20 following a couple years of experience on the independent circuit. The company clearly saw enough potential in Aliyah to offer her the training that should be able to help her progress. Aliyah has appeared on NXT TV multiple times but clearly lacks a role.
10 Old - Shelton Benjamin: 42
The recent signing of Shelton Benjamin has WWE fans excited about his return. Benjamin still looks great and showed he didn’t lose a step in his first tag team match with new partner Chad Gable. It would come as a surprise to many fans that Benjamin is one of the older stars in WWE right now at 42 years old.
9 Young - Noam Dar: 24
Noam Dar is currently the youngest wrestler on the WWE main roster as a part of the Cruiserweight Division. The Israeli born Scottish wrestler made a name traveling all over the world at a young age. WWE gave him a chance to be part of the Cruiserweight Classic and it led to him signing a contract for the Cruiserweight Division on Raw and 205 Live.
8 Old - Chris Jericho: 46
Chris Jericho is a part-time wrestler right now going back and forth between WWE and touring with his band, Fozzy. The legendary wrestling career of Jericho continues to add more memorable moments. No one will forget the heartbreak of Kevin Owens turning on Jericho at the Festival of Friendship. Jericho and Owens created something special together and made a great story from it to end their chapter.
7 Young - Sonya Deville: 23
The future of Sonya Deville is bright at the young age of 23. WWE gave her a chance in the 2015 season of Tough Enough due to her background in mixed martial arts. Despite getting eliminated in the reality show voting, Deville was one of numerous contestants to get a chance in the WWE Performance Center. Sonya has impressed enough to become a regular on NXT TV.
We see Deville’s MMA background on display as she implements it in her wrestling. The hope of Triple H is to see her become one of the most credible women on the roster. Considering Asuka is officially finished with her NXT tenure, Deville could fill the void by becoming the most intimidating in-ring female performer's that can brutalize her opponents.
6 Old - Kurt Angle: 48
The return of Kurt Angle to WWE this year is one of the top stories in wrestling. Angle returned to his wrestling home after over a decade apart. Fans treated him like the legend that he is when getting inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame. Vince McMahon struck a deal to have Angle become a full-time on-air character as the General Manger of Raw over the past few months.
5 Young - Authors of Pain: 24 and 23
The success of the Authors of Pain tag team in NXT is quite impressive despite the fact their among the youngest wrestlers employed by WWE. Akam is 24 years old and Rezar is 23 as both men worked together to deliver dominance in the NXT Tag Team Division. Legendary veteran manager Paul Ellering was brought in after being years away from the ring to manage them.
4 Old - Big Show: 45
Big Show is already somewhat referred to as the dad of the WWE locker room. New talents like Kevin Owens, Finn Balor and other names have spoken fondly of Big Show being a great locker room presence. The recent series of matches with Braun Strowman showed the love he has for the young talent as he went well out of his way to take crazy bumps to help out Strowman.
3 Young - Tian Bing: 23
WWE has signed many international prospects in recent years to help further establish their dominance as a global brand. Tian Bing is a very young wrestler to get an opportunity thanks to his Chinese roots. WWE having a wrestler from China gives them a better chance at growing there. Bing has moved to the United States and is currently training at the Performance Center.
2 Old - Matt Hardy: 42
One of the more deceptively older wrestlers in WWE today is Matt Hardy. The recent run of Hardy in TNA and ROH helped revamp his career in ways no one could have imagined. Matt injected the “Broken” spirit that took huge leaps in taking a chance. Fans responded positively enough to make him one of the biggest stars on the free agent market.
1 Young - The Velveteen Dream: 22
The most interesting young prospect on WWE television right now is NXT standout The Velveteen Dream. Formerly known as Patrick Clark, he showed the most potential on the 2015 Tough Enough reality show. Hulk Hogan viewing him as being too cocky lead to his elimination in a moment of irony. Clark continued wrestling on the independent circuit for a few months leading to WWE signing him.
As the first male wrestler from the season to get on television, Clark now plays the eccentric Velveteen Dream character. The character stands out as one of the most unique on a show usually based on serious based wrestling. Velveteen Dream has a chance to become something special if he continues improving. At just 22 years old, his potential is unlimited and we may be in for a long career for Velveteen Dream in WWE.
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