The word “retirement” can have several meanings in sports… You can retire like the late Kobe Bryant, drop 60 points in his last game, pick up the microphone and emphatically say “Mamba out”, which is one of the most important NBA careers will end all time. Or you can retire like NFL Quarterback Tom Brady did earlier this year, saying goodbye and announcing six weeks later that he was coming back for his 23rd season in the NFL.
Moving on to sports entertainment and professional wrestling, however, retirement isn’t usually the end for talent. While many have retired and never wrestled again, stars are constantly appearing in shows, hitting their iconic finishers, or being used to build other stories.
An excellent example is WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, who wrestled one match after retiring from WrestleMania 26. Still, it has since been involved in various storylines and angles and used by the company on several anniversary shows.
With the news that Vince McMahon announced that his 40+ years with the WWE was to end just before the July 22 “SmackDown,” some believe Vince’s retirement will be no different from that of superstars in the past.
“I wouldn’t be shocked if Vince came back to the WWE. I certainly won’t be shocked if Vince shows up regularly,” WWE Hall of Famer Booker T said on the latest episode of the “The Hall of Fame with Booker T and Brad Gilmore” podcast. is … I could see Vince again in some capacity.”
Unlike Booker, who believes WWE could use Vince as an attraction, AEW World Champion CM Punk doesn’t believe Vince’s retirement will mean his role at the company will change. Punk stated that he doesn’t think the structure in WWE will change and still believes Vince will be practical despite his retirement.
Contrary to those comments, WWE quickly moved on from Vince’s retirement, announcing that Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan would replace him as WWE co-CEOs and that Triple H would step down as head of Talent Relations and Creative. With a new dynamism in WWE’s creative walls, Booker believes this can have a big impact on talent in certain roles.
“A lot of these guys are used to dealing directly with Mr.McMahon, and there’s a certain comfort these guys have with Vince,” Booker said. “They can knock on that door, go in there, and they can have a conversation with him and get that wisdom, that advice from Vince. I’m going to tell you now, a lot of guys cherish that. A lot of guys have gone through their entire careers with Vince as that umbrella. ”
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