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5 times WWE fans didn't realise it was a wrestler's last match

Sometimes WWE Superstars don't get the luxury of having a big angle and story line that revolves around their retirement.

Top 5 / Top 10 04 Oct 2017, 23:19 IST

Stone Cold being carted away in a police car
Stone Cold being carted away in a police car

Retirement matches in professional wrestling can often be an emotional time, for both the fans and the Superstars involved. Ric Flair having his career ended by Shawn Michaels then, in turn, HBK being retired by The Undertaker are just two examples that spring to mind.

Emotional as those moments were, they were planned. The unpredictable nature of what professional wrestling can do to a person's body doesn't often afford performers that luxury and most wrestlers are forced to retire without that last big match.

If anything, sudden retirements such as those can be even more upsetting, especially if the Superstar in question decides to pour their heart out on Raw.

Here are five occasions where the fans were not aware that one of their heroes was performing in their last match ever.

#5 Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan relinquishing the Intercontinental Championship
Daniel Bryan relinquishing the Intercontinental Championship

Daniel Bryan's retirement from in-ring competition was one of the most emotional nights in recent history for WWE fans. The retirement took place long after the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion's last ever match however.

Ten months before that speech on Raw, Daniel competed on what turned out to be his last ever match. Bryan tagged with John Cena to take on Tyson Kidd and Cesaro who were the Tag Team Champions at the time. He and Cena won a bout that no one at the time realised would be Bryan's last.

Shortly after that, it was announced that Daniel wouldn't be medically cleared to defend his Intercontinental Championship at Extreme Rules, and after that, he was forced to surrender his title. Following that came months of back and forth about whether he would ever wrestle again, a decision that Bryan is still fighting to this day.

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