Posts Tagged ‘Possible Retirement’

Professional wrestling legend Sting knows he doesn’t have long left in the sport and, as the clock ticks on his career, he is determined to make the most of whatever time he has left.

The All Elite Wrestling star said as much in a new interview with Sports Illustrated. Speaking in the wake of news that he will partner Japanese icon The Great Muta in the latter’s last ever wrestling match next year, Sting said his old rival’s appearance on the September 23rd episode of AEW Dynamite gave him flashbacks.

Said the 63-year-old:

“That was a moment. I had flashbacks when he stepped into the ring. Seeing him face to face, it took me back in time.”

Muta’s Rampage appearance saw him assist Sting and Darby Allin in their match with House Of Black’s Brody King and Buddy Matthews, helping the babyfaces win. The puroresu icon’s history with Sting stretches all the way back to 1989, when they feuded over the NWA World Television Title in the United States – and the upcoming retirement match will formally bring their association into its fifth decade.

Continuing, Sting spoke of wanting to do the best for the fans while he’s still active in wrestling, professing he was looking forward to teaming with Muta one final time:

“I know my days are numbered, so I’m trying to make the most out of the time left and give the fans everything I have before this wave comes into shore for good. I’m grateful that Muta was able to be here with me in the United States. That’s a memory I’m going to hold onto, and it signifies the end of our era. I’m looking forward to having one last grand hoorah with The Great Muta, especially in Japan.”

The duo will team against unnamed opposition at Pro Wrestling NOAH’s The Great Muta Final Bye-Bye show on January 22nd 2023.

Sting has been active for AEW since December 2020, when he first signed with the company, ending a five-year absence from professional wrestling. He has since wrestled 12 matches for the Tony Khan-helmed group.

The 2022 campaign is expected to be the final of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady‘s career, sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Brady briefly retired following last season but returned to the Buccaneers 40 days later. Since rejoining the team, he’s remained mum on how long he plans to continue playing. The veteran told reporters in July that he’s taking a “year-to-year” approach.

The 45-year-old took a brief personal absence from the Bucs this summer before returning at the end of August. Brady spent the majority of his time away in the Bahamas on a vacation he promised his family earlier this year, Rapoport reports.

Brady’s contract is set to expire after the season. Following the conclusion of his playing career, the signal-caller will join Fox Sports as its lead NFL analyst on a reported historic 10-year, $375-million deal.

The legendary passer has tallied a 24-9 record and won one Super Bowl with Tampa Bay. He threw for a league-high 5,316 yards and 43 touchdowns last season.

The Bucs begin their campaign with a Sunday Night Football matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.

Chavo Guerrero says he’ll “never truly retire” from pro wrestling.

The veteran, who recently worked a short spell in AEW alongside Andrade El Idolo, told the ‘Wrestling Perspective Podcast‘: “A Guerrero’s never retired”. So, basically, Chavo plans to wrestle at least a handful of matches each year to keep himself ticking over.

The former WWE man knows he’ll never wrestle full-time again, but he’s cool with that. Guerrero gets a kick out of it when younger workers pull him aside and say they’re surprised he can still wrestle such a frantic pace on the independent scene – that means the world to Chavo, because it shows he still has enough gas in the tank for a few bouts here or there.

Guerrero also mocked Ric Flair’s recent retirement by asking, “Which one is this?”. He doesn’t want to follow Ric’s lead by working advertised “final matches”, and instead plans to stay involved in the industry by keeping tabs on everything happening and occasionally dipping his toe in.

‘Chavito’ wants to do that forever, and can’t ever see himself announcing a definitive retirement from the biz.

FTR member Cash Wheeler has sensationally admitted that his partner Dax Harwood almost quit pro wrestling last year.

Wheeler told ‘The Walkway To Fight Club’ podcast that he and Dax shared an emotional moment over the phone – this came shortly after Cash had ripped his arm open on an exposed hook in-ring. He was dealing with that, and Harwood was going through some real anxiety issues that left him questioning his wrestling future.

Together, they wondered if their time as a team had come to an end. Dax told Wheeler that he didn’t want to “hinder [Cash] or his family”, but that he was “not having fun” anymore. Their separate contracts with AEW meant that Wheeler could’ve kept going solo had Harwood decided to announce his retirement.

Thankfully, it didn’t come to that.

Both men managed to fight back from the brink of stepping away to enjoy even more success in 2022. In fact, Wheeler believes this year has been “the most fulfilling, successful year of [FTR’s] careers”.

Imagine what the landscape of tag-team wrestling would look like without FTR? It doesn’t bear thinking about.

Ruby Soho has been with AEW almost a year after debuting with the company at All Out in 2021, but after over 12 years in the industry, the former Riott Squad leader has picked up her fair share of bumps and bruises on the road. While Soho has “not thought about retiring anytime soon,” she is entering a stage in her career where thoughts are drifting to what is next.

“I feel it a lot more, it takes me a lot more to recover from matches than it used to,” she said during a GalaxyCon panel. “After each one I am hurting a little bit more, so it’s just gotten me to start thinking about life after wrestling, which before I had blinders on, ‘this is what I am doing,’ I am not necessarily preparing for it, but I also want to know my interests outside of this.”

Fans needn’t worry just yet about her hanging up the boots, as Soho made it clear she is going to continue wrestling “as long as my body will allow me,” but it is obvious that life after professional wrestling is something the veteran is at least contemplating.

“This will still always be the driving force behind everything that I am doing right now, and I love it more than anything,” she said. “But, I am held together with toothpicks and bubblegum at this point guys, so I think I’ve got more years behind me than ahead of me, but I am going to do this for as long as I can.”

The elder statesman of AEW doesn’t want to embarrass himself. Eric Ball of Bleacher Report recently caught up with former AEW Champion Chris Jericho at San Diego Comic-Con, and the topic of Jericho possibly hanging up his boots after nearly 32 years in the business was broached. “No,” Jericho replied. “It’s been such a great run with AEW and it’s really reinvigorated my love for the business,” Jericho said. “I still think I’m doing some of the best work of my career. I really do.” 

The 51-year-old wrestler is currently leading a group of “sports entertainers” called The Jericho Appreciation society, and after winning a bitter, bloody feud with Eddie Kingston recently challenged Jon Moxley for the Interim AEW Championship, though the former WWE Champion and first AEW Champion came up short against Moxley.

Along with his duties in the ring and on commentary for AEW, Jericho is also touring with his band Fozzy, who recently released an album titled “Boombox” back in May. The lead single from the album, “I Still Burn,” has been climbing the mainstream rock charts. The group is set to tour the United Kingdom and Australia later this year, before embarking on Chris Jericho’s Rockin’ Rager At Sea cruise in February 2023. According to Jericho, self-awareness is the key to longevity. “If I didn’t feel [I’m doing my best work] I might think about ‘it’s time to walk away,'” Jericho continued. “You don’t want to be an embarrassment to yourself or a shell of yourself.”

Malakai Black has revealed that a back injury recently brought him close to what would have been a shocking retirement from professional wrestling.

The AEW star told the story on TikTok. Up until about three months ago, Black was convinced that even after a year of treatment, back issues were going to force him to step away. Things changed when the right vertebrae was hit during treatment, however, and now, after a rehabilitation program, Malakai has been able to work deadlifts and other compound moves back into his training regime.

Said the House of Black leader:

Till about 3 months ago I was dealing with a back injury I was convinced was going to force me into retirement, but after a literall (sic) year of treatment that went from working to complete failure on several occassions we all of a sudden hit the correct vertebrae during a dry needling session and everything released. From there we were able to rehab and strengthen. You can check video 2 for this horrendous view and my personal reaction to it. However, allowing me now a few months later to slowly move back into deadlifting and a few more compound moves.

This may go some way towards explaining Black’s relative inactivity between the ropes. Signed to AEW in July 2021, Malakai has wrestled only 13 bouts for the promotion in 2022, sitting the entire month of April out entirely. Here’s hoping that he is now finally on the mend.

Black’s latest bout was a triumph for him and Kings of the Black Throne partner Brody King over The Dark Order’s Alex Reynolds and John Silver on 13 July.

If Stephen Curry has his way, he’ll finish his career with the Golden State Warriors.

“Honestly, I don’t want to leave ever. I want this to be my one and only home,” Curry said during Wednesday’s Oakland Athletics broadcast on NBC Sports Bay Area. “And even thinking about what happens when basketball is done … we’ll still have roots here. We’ll still have a presence here. We’ll still call this place home.”

Golden State selected Curry seventh overall in 2009. The Davidson product changed the Warriors’ fortunes, leading the club to four NBA titles in the last eight seasons.

Curry is the franchise’s all-time leader in multiple categories, including points, assists, steals, and games played. The reigning Finals MVP surpassed Ray Allen as the NBA’s top 3-point marksman in December.

Curry averaged 25.5 points, 6.3 assists, 5.2 boards, and 1.3 steals over 64 appearances during the 2021-22 campaign. The eight-time All-Star agreed to a four-year, $215-million extension last summer, becoming the first player in league history to sign a second $200-million contract. He’ll be 38 when his contract ends in 2026.

Injured WWE star Big E has told TMZ Sports that he is “at peace” with potentially never wrestling again.

E, who has been out of action since suffering fracturing his C1 and C6 vertebrae on a March episode of SmackDown, told the outlet that he feels “great” at the moment. Although wrestling “doesn’t make sense” at this stage in his recovery, he is thankful that things weren’t worse:

“I’m doing really well. I can live my life pretty normally. But [my necks] not in a position where I should be ramming my head against other things, immovable objects. So wrestling doesn’t make sense right now. I feel great. Don’t have any nerve issues, don’t have any weakness, don’t have any atrophy. I got real lucky cause it could’ve been a lot worse.”

The 36-year-old is due to undergo an examination on his healing vertebrae at the one-year mark, which would be March 2023. That’s when doctors will have a better chance at accurately gauging when he might be able to return.

For now, Big E is trying to make the most of his enforced time off:

“For me right now, March of next year is very far off. So, I don’t want to spend a lot of time worrying or stressing about that. I’m just kind of living my life. I’ve been with this company for 13 years. That means a lot of Saturdays and Sundays in Poughkeepsie and Kalamazoo and most random towns. But, now I get to live my life a little bit and see some friends and I’m enjoying just being human.”

Earlier in the week, E told ESPN that his doctors expected his neck to make a “complete recovery”, revealing, too, that he would be working at a WWE tryout over SummerSlam weekend (27-30 July). Despite this, him wrestling again isn’t a given – and E told TMZ he would be okay with that:

“Yeah, I think so. Honestly, my philosophy as a human being is learning to be content with whatever life brings you. I’m so grateful to not be in a wheelchair, but if I was, I would have to adjust to life in a wheelchair. That’s just how I am programmed… Worrying about it and stressing about it only hurts me. It’s not useful. I think I’ll be at peace with whatever happens. Whether I can wrestle again, I’ll be at peace with that. If I can’t wrestle again, so be it. My limbs work. I get to do this [moves fingers]. It could have been very different for me. There’s a lot of life to live regardless.”

E had previously tweeted that his C1 vertebrae wasn’t forming bone yet, hence the one-year checkup.

Aaron Rodgers has no intentions of leaving the Green Bay Packers. Ever.

The superstar quarterback said Tuesday he “definitely” plans to finish his career in Green Bay, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

Rodgers said he isn’t sure when he’ll call it a career and plans to take a season-by-season approach in evaluating his future.

“If you say I’m for sure playing two more, three years and then you have a magical season that ends with a championship and think that that might be the best way to ride off, I don’t want to commit to something,” Rodgers said. “You say, I’m only playing one more year and you have a bitter taste in your mouth and still got the drive and the passion to play one or two more years – I just don’t want to get pigeonholed into it.”

He added: “I’m focused on this season. I’m never gonna drag it out in the offseason. The conversations I’ve had with (general manager) Brian (Gutekunst) have been very honest and direct, and that’s not going to change. We’ll sit down after the season, hopefully after a championship, and figure out what the next step is.”

The four-time NFL MVP recently acknowledged he thinks about retirement “all the time.”

“This is my 18th season. Of course you think about the next chapter and what’s next in your life all the time. It doesn’t mean you’re not fully invested,” the 38-year-old clarified Tuesday, according to The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman.

Rodgers, who restructured his contract and signed a three-year extension worth $150 million this offseason, has left his future with Green Bay open-ended multiple times. He considered leaving last offseason due to his disappointment with the front office and skipped mandatory minicamp before returning for training camp.

Green Bay’s passing attack will have a different look this year. The club traded star wide receiver Davante Adams this offseason before drafting three wideouts, including second-rounder Christian Watson. The Packers also signed veteran Sammy Watkins, adding to a wide receiver depth chart headlined by Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb.

“The offense has to change,” Rodgers said, per Demovsky. “Last year, when you have a guy who’s that talented, it’s probably not an exaggeration to say that 80% of the plays in the passing game were designed specifically for (Adams), so we’re obviously gonna do some things a little different.”

Rodgers, the reigning back-to-back MVP, has shown no signs of slowing down, but the Packers have piled up disappointing defeats in recent years. Green Bay lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round in January to fall short of an NFC Championship Game appearance for a third consecutive season.