6 current WWE Superstars who have revealed when they plan to retire

Bobby Lashley and WWE RAW Tag Team Champion Randy Orton
Bobby Lashley and WWE RAW Tag Team Champion Randy Orton

Some WWE Superstars could be just a few years away from announcing their retirement.

WWE is currently dealing with an age problem as several of its current superstars are over 40 years old. There are a few who are even in their fifties. After long and successful careers, some superstars are currently writing the final chapters in their WWE journey.

In the past few months, a few WWE Superstars have addressed the possibility of them retiring soon. Some stated that they might hang up their boots in only a few years. Nonetheless, a few others have disclosed that they plan to stick around for many more years.

Here are six current WWE Superstars who have revealed when they plan to retire.

#6. WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler has spent his whole pro wrestling career in WWE. He joined the company in 2004 and made his television debut a year later. The 41-year-old then became a member of The Spirit Squad, with which he won his first-ever title in WWE as they became World Tag Team Champions in April 2006.

Following the disbanding of The Spirit Squad in November 2006, Ziggler briefly returned to OVW before rejoining Monday Night RAW in 2008 as a singles competitor. In the following years, Ziggler captured many titles and became a top superstar on the main roster. He is now a two-time World Heavyweight Champion, six-time Intercontinental Champion, two-time United States Champion, and four-time Tag Team Champion.

After a 17-year career, Ziggler addressed the possibility of retiring in an interview with Dayton 24/7 Now earlier this year. The former world champion disclosed that he would reassess his career after four more years.

"I’m very lucky. WWE wants me here for the next 10, 20 years, let alone behind the scenes afterwards. So I will judge it every few years. I say give it [until] 2025 and then we either start toning it down or maybe I just wanna make sure my body can always go. If I can’t go 100 percent, I can go 99 percent, I won’t be okay with being in the ring," he said.

The Show Off recently moved from SmackDown to Monday Night RAW, alongside his tag team partner Robert Roode, in the 2021 WWE Draft. They recently lost to Omos and AJ Styles.

#5. WWE Superstar Bobby Lashley

Bobby Lashley kicked off his pro wrestling career in 2005, joining WWE. He spent three years in Vince McMahon's company before leaving in 2008. During his first WWE run, Lashley won the United States Championship and the ECW Title.

Between 2008 and 2018, Lashley competed on the independent circuit and in IMPACT Wrestling. He also pursued a career in mixed martial arts. Nonetheless, the former ECW Champion returned to WWE in April 2018. Over the past three years, he has won the Intercontinental Championship twice, the United States Championship for the second time in his career, and his first-ever WWE Title.

The former United States military veteran is now 45 years old. During a recent interview with Complex, Lashley revealed that he could wrestle for five or ten more years before retiring.

"Five, 10, years down the road when I retire, I want to be that Goldberg that comes back every once in a while and puts a hurting on some of these people," he said.

Lashley is currently active on Monday Night RAW. He recently defeated Rey Mysterio on the November 15 episode.

#4. WWE Superstar The Miz

Like Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Lashley, The Miz is currently also in his 40s. He joined WWE in 2004 and has been working in the company ever since. Throughout his 17-year WWE career, The Miz has accomplished almost everything. The 41-year-old is the only two-time Grand Slam Champion in history. He is also a former Money in the Bank winner.

During a Q&A session on Twitter last year, a fan asked the former WWE Champion about the age he plans to hang up his boots. The Miz did not give a definitive answer. Nonetheless, The "most must-see" WWE Superstar said he would retire whenever wrestling stopped being fun for him.

The former United States Champion is a multi-talented individual. In the past few years, he has participated in several projects outside the squared circle. He currently has his own reality show, Miz and Mrs. The Awesome One has also acted in a few movies.

The Miz has been absent from WWE since August due to his participation in Dancing With The Stars. His last match came on the August 23 episode of Monday Night RAW against Xavier Woods, in which he lost.

#3. WWE Hall of Famer Edge

Edge joined WWE in the mid-1990s and competed for nearly a decade and a half before retiring for the first time in 2011 due to injury. While many ruled out the possibility of Edge returning to WWE, The Rated R Superstar made his long-awaited comeback after nine years of absence.

Since his return, Edge has feuded with several top WWE Superstars. These include Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns. He also won the 2021 Royal Rumble match. Nonetheless, the WWE Hall of Famer recently revealed how age had affected his ability to perform regularly.

"You know, what I think I’ve learned is that the self-care and recuperation just takes longer. So before, when you can do it every night, that’s not the case anymore. Now, you know, after a match and I’m like, ‘Okay, I feel great. Maybe I could do one more the next day’ but that’s pretty rare. It’s usually a good two-to-three weeks until I’m like, ‘Okay, all right. I think everything’s knocked out of my system.’ The cryotherapy I did, the sauna. I did cold plunges, I stretched, I did yoga, I did massage, all of those things that I never did before. Now they’re a necessity," he said on Busted Open Radio.

Earlier this year, Edge disclosed when he would decide to call it quits during a WWE teleconference. The 48-year-old stated that he would retire before young wrestlers are no longer excited to share the ring with him.

"I'll be gone before a young talent looks at the sheet and goes, 'This is going to be difficult'. I don't want to be that guy. I want to be the guy that a young talent looks and goes, 'Oh, man... I get to get in there with him and feel what this is like. I don't want to overstay my welcome and I want this run to help. I don't want it to hinder. I don't want to take away from the business, the industry, from a talent... I want to add,'" he explained.

Edge has been absent from in-ring competition for nearly a month. His last match came at Crown Jewel when he defeated Seth Rollins inside Hell in a Cell.

#2. WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg

Goldberg was one of WCW's top stars between 1996 and 2002. He then had a brief run with WWE that lasted only a year and saw him crowned World Heavyweight Champion.

Goldberg remained away from the squared circle for over a decade before returning to WWE in 2016. Since his return, the WWE Hall of Famer has won two Universal Titles. He has also squared off against some of this generation's biggest stars, including Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre.

Despite being a part-timer, the 54-year-old has disclosed that he will retire for good in only a few years.

"Hey, as long as my body can still do it, I'm still going to do it. It's very tough because being a power wrestler at this age, I'm not the person I was back in the past. You have that sense of, 'Oh, am I ruining my legacy?' Well, you know what? I still have to put food on the table for my family (...) I don't see myself hanging it up any time soon, but then again, I also don't see myself wrestling until I'm 60," he told Bleacher Report.

Based on Goldberg's comments, he only has six more years to go in the best-case scenario. The former Universal Champion has only had three matches so far in 2021. His last was against Bobby Lashley at Crown Jewel, in which he came out victorious.

#1. WWE RAW Tag Team Champion Randy Orton

Randy Orton has been one of the top WWE Superstars in the past decade and a half. Nonetheless, he is currently 41 years old and could be getting closer to retirement.

Orton joined WWE in 2001 and went on to become one of the most accomplished superstars in history. He is a 14-time World Champion, a former Intercontinental Champion, a former United States Champion, and a three-time Tag Team Champion. He is currently one-half of the RAW Tag Team Champions.

The Viper recently spoke about his retirement plans. Orton revealed that he would still wrestle for a few more years. Nonetheless, he disclosed that he could hang up his boots around 2030 or 2031.

"I’ll see pictures from five years ago where I’m like, 'I gotta get back to that kind of shape.' My wife brought it to my attention the other day, 'Back then, in 2014, when you looked like that, you thought you looked like shit.' You’re never going to be happy. At 40, I want to wrestle another decade if I can," he said on Stone Cold Steve Austin's Broken Skull Sessions.

Orton is currently part of the RK-Bro team alongside Riddle. The RAW Tag Team Champions recently suffered defeat when they teamed up with the WWE Champion Big E to face The Usos and Seth Rollins on the Red Brand.

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