10 Forgotten Final Wrestling Matches Of WWE Hall Of Famers

Going out, but not the way you might recall...

All good things must come to an end, especially the career of a superstar wrestler. The year 2020 kicked off with the retirement of junior heavyweight marvel Jushin "Thunder" Liger, his in-ring finale coming as part of a lavish ceremony at New Japan's Wrestle Kingdom. 

The exoduses of other grapplers, however, haven't had the same pomp and circumstance, unfortunately. While some final matches are at least memorable they weren't set up to be finales. Kurt Angle and Batista's closers at WrestleMania 35, while each on the paler side of desirable, were at least memorable, so there's that.

Other wrestlers of their lofty peerage don't even get that luxury, instead going out in something other than a match witnessed by the viewing world at large. For the following wrestlers, bidding farewell to the ring came under more understated circumstances. Admittedly, some probably didn't even realize that their last match was going to be their last match.

The following is a list of 10 WWE Hall of Famers whose career enders didn't exactly register on the Richter scale. All of them were worthy of a proper sendoff, but it just didn't work out that way.

10. Ric Flair

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Actually, "The Nature Boy" received a very nice sendoff - initially, anyway. 

At 59 years of age, Flair performed as capably as he could in a "career-threatening" match against good friend and longtime admirer Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24. Before a large stadium crowd in Orlando, with a truly gut-wrenching climax, Flair went down in defeat, before tearfully bidding the squared circle farewell. Had it stayed that way, Flair's wrestling days would have ended with the dignity and grandeur that befit his storied career.

Sadly, that wasn't to be. Flair returned to the ring a year-and-a-half later for a tour of Australia headlined by he and Hulk Hogan, and soon after, Naitch came aboard a promotion that he used to put down in interviews: TNA. 

In all, Flair wrestled a dozen matches in Dixie's playhouse, the last of which came in September 2011, on an episode of IMPACT. Appropriately, his opponent was Sting, his longtime rival that he'd faced off with on the final WCW Nitro ten years earlier. This time around, Flair's age was painfully evident in a very slow encounter, and the 62-year-old tore his triceps on a Superplex landing. He's worked physical angles since, but hasn't had an official match after the battle with Sting.

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Written by Justin Henry

In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.