The WWE has constantly been a revolving door involving wrestlers and it’s not necessarily their fault but more of the nature of the business. As fans, we’re accustomed to seeing a wrestler being released sooner than we expected. We’re also accustomed to wrestlers ending their contracts abruptly and leaving the company. We have two sections for this list, those who are bound to join TNA/Impact Wrestling, WWE’s biggest competition in the United States, and those who retire.
The retirement of a wrestler is usually well known, such as The Undertaker’s last performance at WrestleMania 33, however, sometimes the WWE Universe throws a curve ball. One example of this could be Stone Cold Steve Austin. No one knew that his match against The Rock at WrestleMania XIX would be the last of his career. When it comes to these wrestlers on this list, we’re pretty sure they’ll be retiring in the foreseeable future.
When it comes to TNA, it’s no secret that they’re willing to throw money at former WWE wrestlers. Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow are two recent examples of this trend but you can also point to the signings of those like Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre, and Gail Kim. Most of the wrestlers on this list are either on the lower card of television event or are regulated to live shows and dark match duties. It’s possible these wrestlers could either be fired or ask to be released so they can hone their skills elsewhere while not working such a demanding schedule. We hope you enjoy.
15 Kurt Angle - Retirement
The Olympic Gold wearing, milk drinking, miniature cowboy hat wearing has been no stranger to talking about retirement. Before coming back to the WWE and being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Angle went on a farewell tour in TNA and the indie circuit. As of now, Angle is being used as the General Manager on Monday nights but that could change sooner than later.
14 Curtis Axel - Impact Bound
The son of Mr. Perfect is all but forgotten in the WWE. It’s a shame because he can wrestle and looks like he really enjoys what he does. Axel also helped Brock Lesnar and The Rock shed their ring rust before they came back to the WWE. So what’s wrong with the WWE? You would think Axel could be a great mid-card addition but it hasn’t been the case, especially in the last couple of years.
13 Bo Dallas - Impact Bound
Do you Bo-lieve he will stay in the WWE? As Bo Dallas, you could say no because he’s been rarely seen on television since the stable Social Outcasts disbanded. As a member of a legendary wrestling family with strong roots with the WWE, you could say yes because Dallas could probably have a job with the company for the rest of his life if he stays clean and works hard.
12 R-Truth - Retirement
At 45 years old, R-Truth still looks as fit as a fiddle but let’s not kid ourselves here, his in-ring ability has digressed over the recent years. He may be good for a match under ten minutes but don’t expect him to perform at a top level like he did a decade ago. His cult following and likable character has helped him earn a timeless spot on the WWE roster but how much longer can the fans tolerate the same thing every week?
11 Curt Hawkins - Impact Bound
Since coming back to the WWE in 2016, Curt Hawkins has been nothing but a glorified jobber and enhancement talent. We’re not saying that’s a bad thing as pretty much almost any wrestler would take a job with the WWE, however, Hawkins may be able to make more money and further his career working for Impact.
10 Sunil Singh and Samir Singh - Impact Bound
Known as the Bollywood Boyz, the real-life brothers are no strangers to TNA as they worked for the company when TNA sponsored the Ring Ka King promotion in India in 2011. After ten years on the indie circuit, they would get their break with the WWE in June of 2016. As members of the SmackDown Brand, they were paired with Jinder Mahal to form a trio washed in Indian pride.
9 Mark Henry - Retirement
When Mark Henry told the world he was retiring in 2013 many people believed him, however, it quickly turned into an angle and became one of the most memorable segments in WWE history. Henry wouldn’t retire in 2013 and is still on WWE’s payroll as a wrestler in 2017. Making his wrestling debut in 1998, the former powerlifting champion transitioned beautifully from competitive weightlifting to wrestling.
8 Erick Rowan - Impact Bound
Erick Rowan was treated as the bastard child in the Wyatt Family. With Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Braun Strowman all evolving and finding their own paths, Rowan seems to be stuck between jobber land and the next round of cuts. We probably can’t put all the blame on Rowan, WWE’s creative did try to make him a sophisticated man at one point but since then he’s reverted back to his silent self.
7 The Ascension - Impact Bound
It hasn’t turned out well for one of the most dominant tag teams in NXT. After Viktor and Konnor were called up to the big leagues in 2014, the team has been regulated to the lower-card as primarily enhancement talents. It’s rare if you see them on television these days and we wouldn’t be surprised if the casual fan doesn’t even know what brand they’re on. As members of SmackDown Live, the team is mostly used on live events and dark matches.
6 Goldust - Retirement
The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust may be one of the most underappreciated legends in the history of wrestling. The son of Dusty Rhodes made his wrestling debut in 1988 and is still a full-time wrestler in 2017 for the WWE. The longevity of his career is insane to think about and the fact that his character Goldust is one of the most recognizable faces of the past three decades is just icing on the cake for this Superstar.
5 Wesley Blake - Impact Bound
Wesley Blake and his former partner, Buddy Murphy, were at one point the hottest tag team in NXT. The duo split apart and both wrestlers have gone on a journey to reinvent themselves in 2017. Both have put on decent singles performances since the split and Blake has recently performed under a cowboy gimmick.
4 Kane - Retirement
Kane has had some outrageous gimmicks over his career. He performed as a Christmas creature, a fake-Diesel, a psychopathic dentist but most notably the brother of The Undertaker known as the Big Red Machine. At 50 years old, the former WWE Champion has set his eyes on a different type of fight and that’s in the political ring. If you haven’t noticed, Kane has been away from the WWE for a very long time due to running for the mayoral seat of Knox County, Tennessee.
3 James Ellsworth - Impact Bound
James Ellsworth’s life dramatically changed when the WWE decided to give him a full-time contract in 2016. Before then, the local wrestler from the Baltimore area was hired by the WWE as one of Adam Rose’s “Rosebuds.” He neither has the look of a wrestler nor the in-ring capability to be a top performer in the company, however, the WWE put him in the top storyline between Dean Ambrose and A.J. Styles in September of 2016.
2 Paige - Impact Bound
It’s unbelievable how much attention Paige has gotten over the years while still being very young. At just 24 years old, it seems like Paige has done everything you could do in the WWE already. Go through the developmental system, check. Win the Divas Championship, check. Become involved in a highly controversial subject outside of wrestling, check. Rumors swirling of leaving the company, check.
1 Big Show - Retirement
Well, it’s the Big Show, so how do you not expect him to be on this list? Although he’s involved in a storyline with Enzo and Big Cass, Big Show has made it clear his days as a wrestler are coming to an end. In an interview earlier this year, Big Show announced that he'll be retiring once his contract is over in February of 2018. As one of the longest active Superstars in the industry, the Big Show made his debut in 1995 for WCW.
He was put on the top spot of the card right off the bat and surprisingly held his own with legends like Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. Since signing with the WWE in 1999, Big Show has always remained loyal to the company. Although he'll be retiring in the ring, we think will see him make appearances once in a while.
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