Over the past few years, many legends belonging to the Attitude Era and Ruthless Aggression timeline have called it a career. At WrestleMania 35, it was Kurt Angle and Batista's turns to bow out with their final matches. But they are likely to have some company in retirement within the next year as many veterans could be headed towards the same fate.
Given the fans' complaints about Baron Corbin being appointed as Angle's final opponent, it was only right to find the perfect match for each active legend on the roster. Here are 5 WWE stars who could retire soon and who they should wrestle in their final match!
9 Could Retire Soon: Triple H
In recent years, Triple H has turned into a part-time performer with his backstage duties significantly increasing thanks to his involvement with NXT and 205 Live. Given his performance at WrestleMania 35 against Batista, it's safe to assume that he doesn't have plenty left in the tank. Triple H turns 50 years old in July of 2019, and unless he plans to follow the footsteps of his mentor Ric Flair, then it's unlikely that he will continue to step inside the squared circle. With most of his appearances taking place at major events, Triple H's retirement match may be soon than fans anticipate.
8 Should Wrestle In Final Match: Finn Balor
When it comes to Triple H, he has had so many rivals during the course of his career that it's tough to select a final opponent. While it would make sense for him to face a name such as Shawn Michaels or Randy Orton due to their lengthy history, the former has been vocal about his lack of interest towards a solo match, while the latter may not generate much interest. Finn Balor is one of the top names in the WWE today who could benefit from going over Triple H in his final match, who has played the role of a mentor since Balor's days in NXT.
7 Could Retire Soon: Kane
Kane's last televised WWE appearance took place at Crown Jewel when he teamed up with The Undertaker to take on D-Generation X. Since then, he has been occupied with his new role as the Mayor of Knox County far away from the wrestling world. Kane has kept the door open for future WWE appearances, so he may get a retirement match at some point when both sides come to a mutual agreement. He has had an impressive career that is certainly deserving of a crowning moment even if Kane has been mostly away from the company in the past few years.
6 Should Wrestle In Final Match: Drew McIntyre
Fans will always associate Kane with The Undertaker as the two Superstars have worked and competed with each other for so many years. By 2019, the interest for such a match up is very minimal as it has already taken place far too many times.
It's no secret that Kane is more than willing to put over younger Superstars, so it would only be appropriate for him to go out by doing so for the final time. Drew McIntyre is a great opponent on paper as the two Superstars have a similar built that would help them put on a memorable bout.
5 Could Retire Soon: Rey Mysterio
Upon his return to the WWE, Rey Mysterio declared that it may very well be his final run with the company. He has also spoken about possibly calling it a career in the near future as he prepares to move on to life outside of the ring. As one of the most popular veterans around, Mysterio has been a welcome addition to the roster with many dream matches becoming a reality. He has been among the most beloved and influential stars for the past two decades, so it's only right that Mysterio gets the sendoff that he deserves when the time comes.
5. Should Wrestle In Final Match: Ricochet
There were a number of Superstars that fans dreamed of watching take on Rey Mysterio, and while many have already taken place, there is one bout that has yet to materialize. As the all-time face for high flyers, Mysterio has a potentially tough challenge in Ricochet, who would make for an incredible opponent. Since Ricochet hasn't quite established himself in the WWE just yet, a victory over Mysterio could propel him to new heights, while also implying the passing of the torch. Even The Master of the 619 agrees with this notion as he had previously listed Ricochet as a desired opponent.
4 Could Retire Soon: Big Show
Retirement rumors have surrounded Big Show for many years now. Despite having previously teased a final match at WrestleMania, Big Show continues to wrestle as a part-time performer for the WWE. His appearances haven't been exactly memorable with Big Show flipping back and forth between face and heel. As one of the longest active wrestlers in the industry, Big Show has accomplished more than enough to earn a farewell match. He was apart of the main event scene at the peak of wrestling's popularity from his days in WCW to WWE, managing to survive through many other eras that followed.
3 Should Wrestle In Final Match: Braun Strowman
It's only right that Big Show's final opponent happens to be Braun Strowman. At this point in his career, Big Show can no longer go inside the ring as he once did, so it is crucial to find the right opponent. There is no better than Strowman, who not only has shared some history with Big Show, but also put on memorable matches against him on Raw.
It would also be wise to have Strowman retire a future Hall of Famer, who was once the largest force in the WWE. Their past bouts earned heaps of praise among fans, so it's unlikely to see many complaints about a rematch.
2 Could Retire Soon: The Undertaker
Every year, rumors pile up regarding The Undertaker's future with the WWE. WrestleMania 33 was believed to be his last stop with the company after losing to Roman Reigns in the main event, but Taker still returned to competition after taking a short break. And while he may not have wrestled at WrestleMania 35, The Undertaker is still an active Superstar for the WWE. Fans would ideally love a Universe in which The Undertaker can wrestle forever, but father time waits for no man. As one of the greatest journeys nears its end, The Undertaker probably still has a few more bouts left.
1 Should Wrestle In Final Match: John Cena
The surprising yet anticipated bout at WrestleMania 34 between The Undertaker and John Cena didn't live up to the hype. It was meant to be a quick match just to have them involved in the event, but a rematch would be perfect for The Undertaker's farewell battle. There is history between these Superstars going back to 2003 when young Cena had a brief rivalry with Taker. As two of the greatest performers, Cena would be a fitting opponent for such a significant event. His wrestling style would be suitable to bring the best out of The Undertaker at this stage of his journey.