Professional wrestling is a staple of American culture. Every wrestling fan loves to reminisce about the 80s and 90s, as potentially the golden era of the sport. Surprisingly enough many of those wrestlers are still active, and this article outlines 15 wrestlers who readers may be surprised are older than they think.
The truth is, wrestling, WWE in particular, is a very fast paced business. New people come in and bad wrestlers leave the industry. But there are also the guys who have continued to wrestle, under the radar for years. Not even just that, but some of the guys on this list are just older than anyone could suspect.
For example, the legendary Hulk Hogan has had a fantastic career, while continuing his fame. He is someone who would NOT be on this list, because we obviously know how old he is, and he shows his age. Someone who would be on this list, is someone who may have floated around the indie scene for a bunch of years and is just now hitting it big. Or someone who has been around for such a long time, that their age has just caught up with them without fans noticing. A lot of times, time itself, goes by very quickly. People forget things, and nostalgia kicks in. Some of the 90s wrestlers may be forgotten, but aren't always gone. They may still be wrestling, just under the radar of fans.
While looking through this list, you may begin to think to yourself, "oh wow, I forgot about him", and that is the point. That is why we have compiled this list of the top 15 wrestlers who are older than you think.
15 15. Rob Van Dam - 45
14 14. Samoa Joe - 37
This TNA alumnus has finally graced the radar of most WWE fans, headlining his fair share of NXT: Takeover events. Most casual fans think that when a wrestler signs to WWE, they are rookies and don't have much experience, but in all actuality, they have been around the block a few times; this is the case with 37 year old Samoa Joe. Joe has been wrestling for 18 years, and unfortunately at his older age seems will never get a proper run in WWE. Fortunately, he should still be able to thrive in NXT.
13 13. X-Pac - 43
12 12. Johnny Mundo - 36
11 11. Shelton Benjamin - 40
10 10. Kane - 49
Kane is noted as one of the best wrestlers of the 00s era, often given legend status as a pillar of the Attitude Era. Now 49 years old, Kane is still semi active, and has returned with his mask on, which may aid in the difficulty pinpointing his age.
In 2014, he voiced that he does not plan on retiring any time soon. He still enjoys wrestling, and the excitement fueled from it.
"I’m still having fun, I’ve been fortunate in that I haven’t had any really bad injuries. I stay in good shape... So as long as I can do that, I’m good with WWE as long as I’m having fun and as long as that I’m performing at a level that is acceptable to me."
9 9. Jeff Hardy - 38
8 8. Rey Mysterio - 41
7 7. Booker T - 51
6 6. Batista - 47
5 5. Shawn Michaels - 50
Shawn Michaels was essential in the WWE events for a while, as he was the greatest performer in the business throughout his career. He retired in 2010, and is now 50 years old... Oh man, are many 90s fans feeling old. When he returned to WrestleMania 32 to deliver some superkicks to The League of Nations, fans everywhere were shocked that HBK still looked like himself.
4 4. AJ Styles - 38
3 3. Chris Jericho - 45
2 2. Sheamus - 38
1 1. Finn Balor - 34
Finn Balor is number one on this list for a reason. Not because he is super old, but because he appears to be in line for a huge push on the main roster. Now, at 34 years old, it's rare for someone that age to start being pushed as a main eventer in WWE. It's coming soon for Balor and by the time he's a world champion in WWE, he could very well be in his late 30s.
His career began in 2000, at the age of 18. Balor lit up the scene overseas in Japan before his jump to the States, and has now become an absolute superstar in NXT. Once Balor is up on the main roster, expect a quick push up the card. At his age, WWE can't give him the Dolph Ziggler treatment for the next few years. They'll have to make the most of the years he has left.
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