They are not getting any younger, but these WWE superstars are still big names thanks to the work they did in their prime. Some are still in their prime, actually. This article will take a look at 15 wrestlers who, despite their years, can still throw down in the ring.
In WWE, and professional wrestling as a whole, retirement due to age is a bit different when compared to other sports. Many wrestlers retire well into their 40s. Some continue into their 50s. In other professional sports, athletes who hit 30 start thinking about seeking another vocation. It is at this age that the body starts to slow down and sprinting and jumping gets a lot harder than it was in the early days.
Professional wrestlers (more so in WWE) are a special breed of athletes. Thirty for most is the beginning of the peak years. Forty is when many (especially those at the very top) start thinking of retirement. Many others don’t even start thinking of retirement until they are into their late forties, and rightly so. Look at Mark Henry and the Big Show, for example. They are well into their forties and even though their booking doesn’t show it, they can still mix it up with the very best.
We will now take a look at the top 15 wrestlers who look amazing for their age; not just by their looks, but by their in-ring ability and their former and current accolades. A mention must go out to Sting, who is approaching 60 and officially retired only earlier this year at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Here are the top 15 wrestlers who look amazing for their age.
15 Kofi Kingston - 34
Now, 34 years old is hardly pensioner age. But, at 34, should Kofi still be performing like he’s 24? That goes to show the extent of his conditioning and ability. Kofi, currently, has the record of the total combined number of days he has been WWE Tag Team Champion. He has won the title with CM Punk, Evan Bourne, R-Truth, and Big E and Xavier Woods. He has also won the United States Championship three times and the Intercontinental Championship four times. This gives him 12 total titles in WWE. If that is not a genuine future Hall of Famer, what is?
14 Randy Orton - 36
Many agree with the fact that at his best, Randy Orton is perhaps the best performer in WWE. Sure, there are others like Cesaro and Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens who could stake their claim for that title. But, let us not forget that Orton has been around for over a decade and is still only 36—then again, 36 is not quite the age of a wunderkind. He won his first ever World Heavyweight Championship at 24 and has only gone on an upward trajectory since. In fact, his star doesn’t look close to fading. Randy Orton, the last person to hold the World Heavyweight Championship before its unification with the WWE Championship, is a 12-time World Champion and has a place in the WWE Hall of Fame right next to his kin.
13 Samoa Joe - 37
12 AJ Styles - 38
11 Brock Lesnar - 38
He comes, he conquers, he leaves. That is Brock Lesnar’s modus operandi and is what makes him such a draw. He is not quite an old man. He is still only 38 and has at least six good years in him at the top of WWE before he can think of hanging up his MMA-style gear. The problem with Brock in his last few matches is that it seems all he can do is deliver one suplex after another and then finally F5, win, and then leave. The best match he has had since his 2012 return was against CM Punk at SummerSlam 2013. He actually had a really good match, and that shows that he can still wrestle with the very best.
10 John Cena - 39
He is only one year removed from 40, yet John Cena is still regarded as the face of WWE. For more than a decade, John Cena has been the company’s franchise player. He has been the go-to guy whenever WWE have needed a big match. He’s the guy anyone hoping to make a name for himself simply must beat. Edge, Batista, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins have all beaten John Cena on their way to WWE superstardom.
9 R-Truth - 44
It is easy to look at R-Truth today and wonder what might have been. In an ideal world, Truth would have won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on multiple occasions (or at least even once). All he has to his name in WWE is a U.S. title and Tag Team title. That is not nearly enough for a man who can proudly say he is the first ever African American NWA World Heavyweight Champion; a title that has been held by the likes of Jerry Lawler and Ric Flair.
8 Mark Henry - 44
7 The Rock - 44
Technically, he’s not so much a part-time wrestler as he is semi-retired. Still, whenever he steps in the ring, even if it is just to talk, he can electrify a crowd like no one else can. He has wrestled John Cena and CM Punk twice apiece since 2012, he has wrestled R-Truth and The Miz, and has also wrestled Erick Rowan (at WrestleMania, no less). In each of those matches, with the exception of Erick Rowan, he has gone toe-to-toe with his opponent and proven he can still go (even though he is definitely not The Rock of old). As for Erick Rowan, Rock beat him in all of six seconds at WrestleMania 32 so that doesn’t really count much.
6 The Big Show - 44
5 Chris Jericho - 45
4 Triple H - 46
3 Goldust - 47
2 Kane - 49
1 The Undertaker - 51
At 51 years of age, the Undertaker is old enough to be Paige’s dad. The Undertaker is a WWE legend. We can all agree on that. Perhaps the only accolade in professional wrestling bigger than his 21-0 WrestleMania streak is Brock Lesnar’s victory over him at WrestleMania XXX. He may be a part time wrestler at the moment, but he is no less a superstar. Whenever that bell tolls, you know something ominous is coming, even though that something ominous is 51 years old. The Undertaker has been in WWE since 1990, making him the longest serving wrestler in the company. Any match that involves The Undertaker is a big one. He sits atop our list because despite his age, his is still a much brighter star than anyone else’s.
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