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WWE wrestlers often play characters which creates larger than life impact on us. We get emotionally connected to those players. They derive our sentiments and we love each and everything about them. Their charisma, on-screen personality and everything amazes us.
However, when they retire, it hurts us as much (if not more) as the wrestlers themselves. These players are our ideals and we grew up watching them, thus, their retirement will moist our eyes. Below are five such players, whose retirement made the whole world cry.
1. Ric Flair
Ric Flair holds the record for being the World Champion a maximum number of 16 times. He was a living legend who had the ability to defeat anyone and everyone. Flair was outstanding both as a heel and as a face. His legacy is carried forward by her daughter Charlotte Flair currently competing on SmackDown.
Flair was a part of Evolution, the four horsemen and several teams which dominated the pro-wrestling industry for years. His final match was against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24, where the stipulation was, he would have to retire if he loses. After a valiant effort, Flair lost and it was the end of his heroic career. The match was awarded as the match of the year award. People gave him a standing ovation and could not control their eyes to see him retire.
2. Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels was the best performer WWE has ever seen. He could turn any ordinary match into an unconventional one. He was the show-stopper and had one of the best entrances ever. Michaels is the first person ever on this planet to win two back to back Royal Rumble matches. He was famous for the infamous Montreal screw-job incident along with Vince McMahon.
Michaels challenged the Undertaker at WrestleMania 26 in a streak vs career match. Undertaker was undefeated at WrestleMania and Micahels's career was on the line. Michaels lost the match after a heroic battle and was forced to retire. The entire pro-wrestling industry could not stomach his retirement and cry like anything.
Edge was the 'ultimate opportunist' in the WWE. He was cunning and could go to any extent to win matches. He is 11 times World Champion and was one of the best heels WWE has ever produced. He is also 2001 King of the Ring tournament winner and even won Royal Rumble match in 2010. Edge loved to take risks and that became the cause of his retirement.
Edge was forced to vacate his World Heavyweight Championship owing to a neck injury. His last speech was very emotional and brought tears in the eyes of the WWE Universe. Edge continued making part-time appearances and was inducted in WWE's Hall of Fame. WWE fans cried their heart out on his retirement.
'The animal' Batista was one helluva wrestler. He was a six-time World Champion and was the longest reigning World Heavyweight Champion. Batista was a ruthless brawler and enjoyed a huge fan following. His feuds with Undertaker, John Cena, Khali, Rey Mysterio are unforgettable. He was one of the best Champions WWE ever had.
Batista's departure was a sad affair and fans hated to see him leave. He was unhappy about not getting the push and did not leave on a happy note. He went to MMA and other pro-wrestling organizations. His retirement was a sad moment for all his fans across the globe.
Christian was one of the most talented players WWE has ever witnessed. His ability to deliver outstanding promos were remarkable. He has won Championships like ECW Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, European Championship, Hardcore Championship, Light Heavyweight, Intercontinental, and Tag Team Championships. He has defeated wrestlers across the globe and is one of the best performers of his generation.
Christian suffered an injury and was forced to retire. He made part-time appearances, and also worked as a commentator. It was heart-wrenching for the WWE fans to let him go. Audiences across the globe can never forget his contribution to the pro-wrestling industry.