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20 Wrestlers Who Should Have Retired Earlier Than They Did

Professional wrestling is fake. It is the comment frequently made by those who criticize or even make fun of the industry. Yes, the outcomes of matches are determined well before the competitors emerg

Professional wrestling is fake. It is the comment frequently made by those who criticize or even make fun of the industry. Yes, the outcomes of matches are determined well before the competitors emerge from behind the curtain to make their journeys toward the ring. There would, in a perfect world, never be injuries in a form of entertainment that involves grown men and grown women throwing fake punches and pretend kicks. Everybody involved in a show should theoretically be able to make it home from a wrestling event no worse than they were when they entered the arena hours before the kickoff of the card.

The real world is not so black and white, of course, and thus things do not always go as planned during wrestling events. Accidents occur as they do in any job or walk of life, but those unfortunate incidents are not the only reasons that pro wrestlers get banged up. What are considered to be even standard bumps that are taken night after night and year after year can wear down even those who are in tremendous physical shape, as our bodies are not meant to receive that kind of repeated punishment. Anybody who is not a fan of the business can take their own flat-back bump inside of a ring if they refuse to understand what wrestlers put themselves through whenever they work.

Some of the greatest wrestlers of all time hung around for too long and thus looked downright awful inside of rings. This includes the man who was, in his best days, “the dirtiest player in the game” and one of the best wrestlers to ever perform in the business. Another example is a once beloved figure who helped bring the wrestling industry into the mainstream media and who worked in movies and television shows, a performer who is now no longer welcome by World Wrestling Entertainment because of comments that he made when he thought nobody was watching.

20 Road Warrior Animal

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19 Big Daddy V 

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18 Jake Roberts 

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17 Scott Hall 

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16 Fabulous Moolah

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15 Mae Young

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14 Ultimate Warrior

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13 Edge

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12 Mick Foley

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11 Ricky Steamboat

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10 Andre the Giant

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9 Jerry Lawler

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8 William Regal

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7 CM Punk

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6 Kurt Angle

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5 Dynamite Kid 

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4 Bret Hart

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3 Terry Funk 

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2 Ric Flair 

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1 Hulk Hogan

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The man who has been known as Hulk Hogan for decades has made many regrettable decisions over the years, but the one that may haunt him the most is hanging around as an active wrestler for as long as he did. Hogan has gone through surgical procedures because of the wear and tear that the wrestling business has taken on his body, and hitting thousands of leg drops has left him as a shell of what he was during the 1980s. It is somewhat of a miracle and also high praise for modern medicine that Hogan can even walk these days.

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