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6 Superstars who had to retire early: Where are they now? 

Thomas Lowson
ANALYST
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50.42K   //    17 Sep 2018, 00:10 IST

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Matt Hardy retired this week from in-ring competition.

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This week, 'Woken' Matt Hardy said goodbye to fans at a WWE Live event, and announced his in-ring retirement on Twitter.

His retirement ends a life dream fulfilled, as Matt (alongside younger brother Jeff) wrestled since they were children, forming their own promotion: OMEGA.

From there, the duo competed in the WWE, having success both together with Tag Team Championships, as well as separately.

But sadly, Matt is not the first superstar to retire early, and even more sadly, probably won't be the last.

Here are 6 superstars who had to hang up their boots a bit too soon...


#6 Paige

As the Anti-Diva, the British star was a true phenom in NXT, becoming the first ever NXT Women's Champion.

Joining the main roster the night after WrestleMania 30, Paige was able to upset then Divas Champion AJ Lee to win the Divas Championship, becoming the first and only woman in history to hold both belts simultaneously.

Paige would become a three-time Divas Champion, Paige entertained the fans with her offense as well as her unique look: with her pale goth aesthetic contrasting with so many women at the time.

Unfortunately, a series of injuries left Paige sitting out most of 2016, and she retired in early 2018.

Whilst she has done well as the SmackDown Live General Manager, you have to wonder about what would happen to stars such as Alexa Bliss and Ember Moon if Paige was still competing.

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Thomas Lowson
ANALYST
Thomas is a 23-year-old wrestling fan, who started watching in 2003. He is also a Journalism graduate from Sheffield Hallam University.
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