Retirement and what it means in Professional Wrestling


Our profession is filled with greats and not so greats that have left legacies and disappointments when they’ve departed. What happens after retirement and what does it actually mean.

We have seen some of the greatest wrestlers hang up their tights and push their boots to the back of the closet, others, well, have jumped right back in not even two months later. Its not just happening in the big leagues, such as Ric Flair’s retirement in the WWE only to return to TNA in action. Does it happen locally in the independent promotions? Of course! I, and I’m sure you have too, have seen numerous workers say, “I’m done, this is it!” only to come back and compete yet again. Some stay gone for weeks, others stay gone for years.

When is a good time to come back?

When you tell people that you are retiring, it’s never good to come back. It’s not ethical, professional, or smart. You have essentially killed off your character from in-ring competition. The people will never see you at your top game, if your even good to begin with, in their mind. If you come back you look like a hypocritical liar, who thrives him/herself on the cheap pop of a “return to glory”. When you retire, you retire, never to return to an “active roster”.

What is the proper wordage for someone wanting to get away for a while?

Most “retirees” retire because they are burnt out, too old, or other reasons. If you want to get away, take a hiatus, leaving for an undetermined amount of time, but not retiring. Taking a hiatus is less risky as far as reactions go. Never say you are retiring unless you mean it.

What effect does it have in the wrestling community? Well, most workers I spoke with stated that “when you say you are retiring that you should stay that way, retired.” “Going back on your word makes you look unprofessional and you lose respect from your peers.” “It seems that when workers ‘retire’ they do it to get a cheap reaction from the crowd.”

My opinion has been stated and a few options from Mid-South wrestlers. If you want to chime in, comment below, but remember no foul language or attacks against someone.



About Terrence Ward

I began my career in professional wrestling 2006 as a cameraman. I would pay my dues setting up rings, cleaning up after shows, and setting up anything and everything. Here we are in this present time and I am an Multi-Time Announcer of the Year with great relationships with pro-wrestlers across the nation. I strive for success and provide my opinion to help those who need it.

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