The world of professional wrestling is known for its fast-paced, unpredictable nature. Each year, new superstars emerge and quickly rise to the top of the WWE hierarchy. However, just as frequently, seasoned veterans decide to call it quits and step away from the spotlight.
For fans, the prospect of their favorite wrestlers retiring is always a tough pill to swallow. But due to advancing age or nagging injury that simply won’t heal and the toll that years of wrestling has taken on their bodies, superstars have no choice than to hang up their boots for good.
So, who are the WWE superstars that could potentially be retiring in 2023? Let’s take a closer look at five of the most likely candidates.
1. One of the most popular WWE Superstars – Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio has had a long and illustrious career in WWE. Now being inducted into Hall of Fame this year to having a wrestling match with his son at WrestleMania, he might be feeling satisfied after accomplishing everything he set out to do in WWE. Also, with age catching up, Rey Mysterio would be thinking to retire in 2023.
2. One of the most controversial WWE Superstars – Goldberg
Goldberg became a free agent after his contract officially expired in December 2022. The Hall of Famer had a legendary run in WWE, although he expressed dissatisfaction as he revealed that he never received the promised retirement match within the company. To honor his request, WWE could book him for one final match in any other upcoming PLE’s and provide him a fitting send off.
3. Randy Orton
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— Dark Puroresu Flowsion (@PuroresuFlow) May 14, 2023
Randy Orton has been absent from the ring for over a due to a significant injury. Unfortunately, his recovery has been longer than anticipated, and recent reports suggested that he is yet to be cleared from the doctors.
This news has raised concerns among WWE fans because as if The Viper’s health does not improve from this point forward, there would be no option left but to forcefully retire from WWE.
4. John Cena
John Cena is currently in a juggling situation where he is pursuing his acting career and even making WWE appearances now and then.
The Cenation leader recently spoke out that his body is preventing him from wrestling more frequently. With numerous high-profile projects in Hollywood on the horizon, Cena may opt to retire from WWE.
— Wrestlelamia.co.uk (@wrestlelamia) May 12, 2023
Edge received one of the wildest pops when he returned at Royal Rumble in 2020 from a career threatening injury. The Rated R superstar wasted no time and seamlessly resumed his dominance in the wrestling scene.
Edge came with a simple motto, aiming to conclude his career on his own terms. His second run proved to be highly successful, and with his contract set to expire by the end of year, he could now finally retire on his own conditions.