Many of the difficulties that come with working in the pro wrestling business arise from your lack of options following the end of your career. Fortunately, some stars took notice of this early on, and did something about it. For example, former wrestler Simon Dean always had a backup plan, something most wrestlers simply do not have. Dean is currently working as a branch manager for Woodforest National Bank in Louisville. Simon knew his days as a wrestler would eventually come to an end, so he prepared for his future while he was still active in the wrestling business. Unfortunately, not all wrestlers think this way, and when some realize that options are limited, they continue to pursue their wrestling career despite their age and state of their bodies.
Today, unions are finally beginning to open up, helping wrestlers cope with their lives after their careers are over. More needs to be done to ensure that retired wrestlers take a proper path once their careers are over. For these 16 wrestlers though, the proper path was to stay in the wrestling business despite their age and despite the abuse their body’s have already taken. These wrestlers simply don’t want to let go of the business and keep going for as long as they possibly can. For some, this is due to limited resources outside of the wrestling business, but for others, it is simply a passion they can’t seem to let go of. Let’s now find out which 16 pro wrestlers are still wrestling today. Enjoy.
16 Ric Flair, 66 Years Old
15 Mick Foley, 49 Years Old
14 Sabu, 50 Years Old
13 The Great Muta, 52 Years Old
12 Meng/Haku, 56 Years Old
11 Marty Jannetty, 55 Years Old
10 Jim Duggan, 61 Years Old
9 Jimmy Snuka, 72 Years Old
8 Bushwacker Luke, 68 Years Old
7 Bob Orton, 64 Years Old
6 Greg Valentine, 63 Years Old
5 Honky Tonk Man, 62 Years Old
4 The Rock n’ Roll Express, 58 & 56 Years Old
3 Bob Armstrong, 75 Years Old
2 Bill Goldberg, 48 Years Old
1 Dave Kidney, 79 Years Old
In 2011, Dave Kidney became the oldest male wrestler to step in a wrestling ring, at the rather elderly age of 79. His last known match took place for the promotion SSW in January of 2011. Kidney is a wrestler who spent most of his career at home in the United Kingdom. Although this is undoubtedly an impressive feat (and we're not taking away his number one spot), the record for oldest in ring competitor is still held by Mae Young, who competed in a 16-Diva Tag Match at the shocking age of 87.
Sources: wwe.com, patch.com, tbo.com, torontosun.com, thesportster.com, thesun.co.uk
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