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10 Former Wrestlers Who Deserve One More Match
Wrestling is one of the most impactful and entertaining sports in the world today. When we talk about wrestling the most synonymous word that comes to our minds is the WWE and there are so many names that instantly pop up into the mind. Legends, Hall of Famers and Superstars such as the likes of Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, The Undertaker, The Rock, John Cena, Triple H, Goldberg and many more.
The World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) has been the most dominant wrestling promotion in the world since decades now. Famous for introducing and promoting one of the finest and most decorated athletes in sports and entertainment, the WWE has produced so many greats of the squared-circle that have entertained the world through their talents over the years. Whether we talk about great matches or cutting promos, these world-class performers have done it all to entertain the fans and shape the industry through their individual efforts in perspective to the opportunities that came their way.
Some the most popular wrestling stars of their time have been forced into retirement due to health concerns, aging or premature demises due to which the world is bereft of some of the most entertaining matches. Contrary to this, there are a lot of WWE legends and Hall of Famers that haven’t ruled out a return to the ring and given their fans a reason not to lose a sight of hope in their favorite wrestling stars of all times to make a triumphant return and compete in One More Match!
One More Match - The List
As it is quite apparent now that wrestling is more of a storytelling portent than just beating the heck out of each other until the opponent(s) stops moving. This is where entertainment invades violence and the perfect wrestling stars, moments, matches and remarkable careers are shaped. Following is the list of my favorite ten former in-ring competitors ever to grace the squared-circle in their respective and definite eras in time who did not have a remarkable ending to their storied career and who quite frankly deserve a return with one more match:
01. Stone Cold Steve Austin
Topping the list is the guy who broke all the box office records when he use to wrestle. Known for being one of the toughest in-ring competitors of all times, Stone Cold Steve Austin is undoubtedly one of the most influential and dominant performers of the squared-circle, gaining significant mainstream popularity by becoming the poster boy for the WWE in the famous Attitude Era.
His last match was at WrestleMania XIX, when he faced The Rock in a losing effort. Stone Cold's career came to a full circle when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2009) by his long-term on-screen rival Mr. McMahon.
Edge is one of the most decorated professional wrestlers of all times. Known for making the TLC matches famous alongside his longtime friend and tag team partner Christian, he won all the active championships in the WWE. He is also the first wrestler to win a King of the Ring Tournament, a Royal Rumble match and a Money in the Bank Contract, making him the first superstar in WWE history to achieve all three of those accomplishments. He won thirty one championships during his illustrious career, including eleven world championships.
Due to different injuries sustained during his career, Edge is the first superstar to retire from active competition as the reigning World Heavyweight Champion but he still deserves one more match for himself to end his in-ring career on his own terms.
Sting is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestling performers of all times by many. He was known as the 'Franchise of WCW' back in the day. Defeating some of the greats of the squared-circle, Sting won multiple championships in his storied career. Known for having one of the most intimidating on-screen personalities, Sting has nurtured a legacy spanning over three decades.
Sting had his last match at Night of Champions pay-per-view in 2015, which he lost to Seth Rollins and was subsequently forced into retirement due to neck injury sustained during the match. During his speech at the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2016, he promised his fans that they haven't seen the last of him which is why a Sting return could be expected any time that could lead to one more match.
04. Mick Foley
Mick Foley is one of the greatest hardcore wrestling performers of all times which is why he is nicknamed as The Hardcore Legend in all of professional wrestling. Being regarded as one of the most innovative performers he is one of the few wrestlers to work for multiple promotions during his career such as WWE, ECW, WCW and other wrestling promotions as well. His wrestling skills and personas became so popular that people still remember the matches he had. He held the WWE Championship on three separate occasions also winning multiple tag team championships as well.
The former Hardcore Champion retired in 2012 due to health concerns and later got inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2013).
Have a nice day!— Mick Foley
05. Shawn Michaels
The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels has had a roller coaster of a career while being regarded as one of the most popular and undeniably the greatest all-round wrestler of all time. Shawn has had a career span of almost 3 decades. His list of accomplishments includes four World titles, six Tag Team titles, two back-to-back Royal Rumble victories and four secondary titles(Intercontinental and European Championships). Due to a serious back injury sustained in 1998, Shawn had to go into retirement but resumed wrestling as an active competitor in the year 2002 until his ultimate retirement in 2010.
Shawn retired after losing a Career vs. Streak match at WrestleMania XXVI to The Undertaker. Since then, The Heartbreak Kid has being talked about making a return to the ring for one more match which could probably happen in future.
I will give you a show that you've never seen before. Why? Because I can!— 'The Heartbreak Kid' Shawn Michaels
06. Mr. McMahon
Mr. McMahon has had his share of history as an in-ring competitor. McMahon not only has wrestled a number of superstars but also hold victories over former WWE World Champions such the likes of The Undertaker, Triple H, Ric Flair and The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels.
McMahon has had memorable matches with Shawn Michaels, John Cena, Bret Hart, and even his son Shane. The Chairman of the board must have one more match for the WWE Universe.
07. Kevin Nash aka Diesel
Nash became a household name in the mid 90s when he joined forces with his best friend Shawn Michaels as Diesel. Since then he managed to win 6 World Championships and 11 Tag titles and was the first individual to defeat Goldberg, ending his 173-0 winning streak. He is also one of the founding members of the famous wrestling faction nWo.
Nash returned as Diesel in 2011 at the Royal Rumble event entering in the Royal Rumble match. He faced Triple H in his last match in a losing effort later that year. Diesel must also come back for one more match.
08. Booker T
The six time world champion Booker T is undoubtedly one of the finest in-ring performers of all times. He has accomplished a lot in the ring and displayed great show of talent during his storied career. He is also the most decorated wrestler in WCW history, winning 21 championships. He is also a former King of the Ring tournament winner.
Booker T was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame (class of 2013) and later announced retirement in 2016. The Master of the Spinarooni also deserves one more match.
09. Scott Steiner
Scott Steiner debuted in the year 1986. Since then he has been involved in a number of memorable matches majorly as a tag team competitor alongside his older brother Rick as famous The Steiner Brothers, winning championships all over the world. Scott Steiner was nicknamed Big Poppa Pump due to his unique physique and appearance. He is also known to innovate a couple of moves such as the Frankensteiner and the Steiner Screwdriver.
Scott Steiner was released from the WWE in 2004. Since then, he hadn't returned to the company which is why he needs to make a return with one more match.
10. Daniel Bryan
Daniel Bryan's one of the most beloved and endeared wrestlers in the world. He is known for being one of the most innovative and greatest technical wrestlers of all times. Bryan has had a remarkable career becoming a four time world champion in the WWE. He has been supported by the wrestling fans all around the world which led to the popular "Yes!" Movement.
Due to health concerns (arising from multiple concussions), Bryan retired from active competition in 2016. It is a matter of time that he gets cleared by the doctors to compete in one more match.
Wrestling has become one of the most popular and entertaining shows in the world today and people have been enjoying the sport much to the likeliness in terms of entertainment as the bar of in-ring competition has been raised to a much defined and a whole lot more entertaining level than ever. These are the ten most popular stars of wrestling who I have listed for not having the perfect ending to their storied careers as they probably deserved. All of these above mentioned athletes gave their best in the ring to entertain the world whether they were playing faces or heels. This is the reason they are still endeared even after announcing their retirements from in-ring competition whatever the reasons may be with whys and wherefores being obvious. There are a lot of names that could be added to the list such as the likes of Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Razor Ramon, DDP, Christian, and Santino Marella etc. but the aforementioned names were more deliberate as the wrestling fans like me want them to return more than any other former wrestler for ONE MORE MATCH!
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