7 WWE Superstars who could unfortunately retire in 2023

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A number of WWE superstars and wrestlers from other organizations may be considering hanging up their ring boots soon.

Others might be wanting to leave or find themselves a role behind the scenes even if some have previously said that they have retirement plans.

1. Stephanie McMahon

After her father returned and assumed control of his business, Stephanie McMahon just announced her resignation from WWE. Although the former Women’s Champion hasn’t entered the ring in a while, she hasn’t made an official retirement announcement like her husband did.

The Billion Dollar Princess is being pushed by many fans to compete in the upcoming Royal Rumble battle, and since she hasn’t officially retired, it’s difficult to discount the notion. Any hopes the WWE Universe may still have, however, could be dashed by her most recent ankle surgery. Stephanie might be on her way out of the corporation permanently now that her days as an in-ring competitor are over.

 

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2. Kurt Angle

WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has disclosed that the concussions he sustained over his career have been the cause of his memory problems. He could retire soon because of this.

Angle, who won the world championship five times and was inducted into the Hall of Fame, is one of the finest athletes to ever enter the squared circle. The Olympic gold champion quickly mastered pro wrestling and quickly rose to the top of the industry in terms of all-around talent. However, the legendary wrestler’s lengthy, successful career in the WWE appears to have had a negative impact on his health, which is now haunting him.

3. AJ Styles

AJ Styles is presently out due to an injury he sustained while competing in a recent WWE live event, but he, too, is hoping to end his professional wrestling career. AJ is eager to spend some time with his little family and is relieved to be finally off the road.

The former world champion has spoken candidly about life after retirement on various occasions and stated that his career will come to an end when his current contract with the firm expires. It’s unknown whether AJ Styles signed a five- or three-year contract, therefore his retirement may not happen until 2023 or 2025.

 

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4. John Cena

Following his declaration as a part-time star in 2017, John Cena has been in and out of the squared circle for a while. The opponent Cena will face at WrestleMania is the subject of much fan speculation, although this could be his final WrestleMania as a competing wrestler.

The Doctor of Thuganomics was only able to appear in one match in 2022 because of his numerous obligations outside of WWE at the time. This might be a portent of things to come for Cena, who might decide to quit in-ring wrestling this year.

5. Rey Mysterio

For many years, Rey Mysterio has pushed for a match against his son, and it seems that everything is now in place. It is only necessary to set up the game on an honorable stage.

It would be the ideal match for Rey to lose and hand the torch off if Dominik and his father’s feud, which has lasted for several months, continued. Fans believe that Rey will give up ring competition as soon as he is given a bout against his son, though it is unclear if this is the plan for Mysterios at WrestleMania in April.

 

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6. Edge

Who will ever forget Edge’s incredible WWE comeback in 2020? After the Rated R Superstar’s music started playing, the roof of Minute Maid Park exploded. He even won the Royal Rumble the following year, securing a spot in WrestleMania’s main event. The former 11-time World Champion missed nine years of the competition after being given the all-clear in 2011 for cervical spinal stenosis.

The Rated R Superstar has kept a low profile over the past few years, and when his current contract reportedly expires later this year, he is anticipated to leave the industry and do it on his own terms.

7. R-Truth

R-Truth is one of WWE’s oldest wrestlers and the company’s oldest full-time wrestler. Despite being over 50, R-Truth appears to be ageless and is consistently one of the most exciting wrestlers when he debuts. R-Truth is a fixture of the 24/7 division, which complements Truth’s offbeat comedy nicely. Truth is a 53-time 24/7 Champion, having competed for the title against the likes of Drake Maverick, Drew Gulak, Akira Tozawa, and Reggie.

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