Top 10 Most Shocking WWE Retirements of All Time


Do you want to know about the most shocking WWE retirements of all time? In this article we are compiling a list of those WWE superstars, who had a misfortune to leave this company too soon in a shocking way. Just have a glance at this article to know more about WWE retirements.

10. Sting


Sting is now in his late 50’s, but the way he retires from WWE was shocking. He had his last match in the “Night of Champions 2015” against Seth Rollins, where he broke his neck from Seth’s finisher (Turnbuckle Power-bomb).

Then after in 2016, this Hall of Famer officially announces his retirement. However, there is a rumor that Sting might face WWE Superstar and Legend “The Undertaker” at WrestleMania 33 which is going to be held on April 21, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

9. AJ Lee


AJ Lee retired in 2015 after wrestling her final match at WrestleMania 31. After analyzing her performance graph, WWE critics thought that this was a too early retirement. But nevertheless She now married to WWE Superstar CM Punk and supporting him actively in his upcoming UFC matches.

8. Christian


Christian is a semi- retired WWE wrestler who has not been seen in the wrestling ring since 2014. Currently, he is busy in hosting WWE Show with his childhood friend and former WWE Superstar Edge.

He looks damn fit, but he is not going to wrestle again due to multiple concussions. But we hope to see him in near future.

7. Goldberg


Goldberg had his last match at WrestleMania 20 in the year 2004 against Brock Lesnar. After that, Bill was out of the spotlight, but in 2016 he was launched as an official ambassador of WWE 2k17 Game.

However, there is a lot of buzz regarding his WWE returns in order to fight against The Beast “Brock Lesnar” at WrestleMania 33 which is going to be held on April 21, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

6. Rick Rude


Rick Rude retired at the age of 35 after being injured in a match against “Sting” in Japan. He had one of the most impressive physique in WWE history. He was passed away in April 20, 1999 due to heart failure and he was only 40 years of age at that time.

5. Bret Hart


Fifth position on our list of top 10 most shocking WWE retirements is acquired by The Excellence of Execution, The Hearthrob “Bret the Hitman Hart”. He is regarded as the greatest in ring performer of all time. His career ended in 2004 and he fought his last match against Bill Goldberg in WCW (World Championship Wrestling). In that match, he suffers concussions and later that year he also had a heart stroke.

Due to all these issues of heart stroke, concussions and injury caused him a forced retirement. He does come back to this industry in the year 2010 in order to face the chairman “Vince McMahon” in WrestleMania, but he didn’t able to take any pain or punch, which shows his weakness. It’s a complete misfortune that this great wrestler had an early retirement.

4. CM Punk


CM Punk retired in 2014 after wrestling his final match at the Royal Rumble. Currently, he is fighting in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). He said in many interviews and live events that he is not going to be returned in WWE.

3. Edge


Edge abruptly announces his retirement in RAW 2011. Before that he had his final match against Alberto Del Rio, where he lost his World Heavyweight Championship. It was a very sad moment to all the WWE universe, to see this young chap retire at a very early stage of his career.

He forced to leave this company due to his major neck injury. Currently, he is hosting a show with his childhood friend Christian and enjoying his quality time with friends and family.

2. Daniel Bryan


Daniel Bryan had his last match of 6 Man Tag Match in the year 2015. He had multiple concussions, eye injuries and neck injuries. Currently, he is working as the Smack Down Live General Manager and enjoying his married life with Brie Bella.

1. Stone Cold Steve Austin


First position on our list of top ten most shocking WWE retirements is acquired by the The Paranoid Rattlesnake, The Hellraiser “Stone Cold Steve Austin”. He was retired at the age of 38 because of his neck injury and bad knee issue.

He retired in 2003 after facing The Rock at WrestleMania 19. He is regarded as one of the most popular and top notch faces of the wrestling industry.

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