10 female WWE Superstars who retired too soon

Hall of Famers Trish Stratus and Lita
Hall of Famers Trish Stratus and Lita

#4. Former Divas Champion AJ Lee

AJ Lee kicked off her WWE career in 2009. She made her main roster debut nearly two years later. Lee ended up becoming one of the top female superstars in Vince McMahon's company. She won the Divas Championship three times. In addition to being an in-ring competitor, she was RAW General Manager for a few months in 2012.

Despite her success, Lee's WWE career lasted only six years. In April 2015, she left WWE and retired from professional wrestling. In her final match, she teamed up with Naomi and Paige to defeat The Bella Twins and Natalya on RAW.

When The Black Widow retired, she was only 28 years old. In her memoir "Crazy is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules," she revealed that her husband CM Punk's controversial departure from WWE was one of the reasons she left the company.

The former Divas Champion also disclosed that was suffering from permanent damage to her cervical spine and had fulfilled all the goals she set out to in WWE.

Following her retirement, AJ Lee became a writer and advocate for mental health awareness and animal welfare. The former Divas Champion recently returned to professional wrestling, becoming an executive producer in WOW – Women of Wrestling.

#3. Former WWE Superstar Stacy Keibler

After spending nearly two years in WCW, Stacy Keibler joined WWE in 2001. Over the next few years, she took part in storylines with superstars like The Dudley Boyz, Test, and even WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. Keibler also shared the ring with several legendary female competitors, including Trish Stratus, Lita, and Molly Holly.

Despite never winning a championship in WWE, Keibler was one of the most popular superstars on the roster between 2001 and 2006. However, her wrestling career ended when she was only 27 years old. In July 2006, she officially left WWE and retired from professional wrestling to pursue a career in dancing and acting.

After her retirement, Keibler appeared on several TV shows, including How I Met Your Mother and Psych.

Keibler has made a few WWE appearances in the past decade and a half. Her last appearance came in 2019 when she inducted her friend Torrie Wilson into the WWE Hall of Fame.

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