2016 saw the unexpected retirement of Daniel Bryan from wrestling because of concussions. In 2017, there will likely be more superstars who will hang up the boots. Here is SportsRageous’ list of five WWE superstars who could retire next year.
“The Big Red Monster” has been in the WWE more than 20 years. He is one of the greatest superstars and characters in the history of the WWE. However, Kane has undergone a lot of crazy changes in the past several years and 2017 is the right time for him to retire.
Kane is already 49 years old and he has given his everything for the wrestling industry. He has done everything that he has been asked to do. He has a career outside of the WWE and he could run for the Knox County, Tennessee mayoral seat in 2018.
Dustin Runnels has spent the majority of his career in the WWE. He has left and returned to the WWE five times and he is nothing but a glorified jobber at the present time. Goldust is not going to get pushed anymore and 2017 should be the final year in the career of the 47-year-old superstar.
There were a lot of rumors earlier this year that Mark Henry was retiring sometime after WrestleMania 32. However, he signed an extension but he is no longer the pain-bringing, world strongest man. Just like Goldust, he is used to put over superstars and he could finally retire next year.
The Big Show
Well… well, it’s The Big Show. Paul Wight is one of the most successful superstars of all time. Although he flips from being babyface to heel every other month, he has done everything the WWE wanted him to do.
“Please retire” chants have been directed at Big Show for some time now. Nevertheless, he has hinted that he could be retiring next year as his rumored match against Shaquille O’Neal at WrestleMania 33 might be his last.
The Undertaker is one of the greatest wrestlers in history. He is truly a legend and future WWE Hall of Famer. He will also turn 52 years old next year and WrestleMania 33 is the perfect place for him to retire.
“The Deadman” underwent hip surgery to prolong his career and continue his yearly matches at WrestleMania. However, his match at next year’s big event could be his last as the WWE is rumored to be advertising it.
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