Another WWE Hall of Famer has admitted that they have half an eye on a retirement match.
2022 has been the year of the retirement match. While wrestlers never quite knowing when to quit is nothing new, it appears that the idea of “one more match” has taken on a mind of it’s own.
Stone Cold Steve Austin inadvertently set the ball rolling at WrestleMania 38 where he got back in the ring for the first time in 19 years. Austin promptly turned in a performance that belied his age and history of serious neck injuries. Although there was no announcement that this was Austin’s ‘retirement match,’ he’s not expected to wrestle again after his victory in front of his adoring Texas public.
Seemingly determined not to be outdone, Ric Flair announced his ‘Final Match’ on July 31st as part of Starrcast V. At the event Flair returned to the ring for the first time in over a decade teaming with Andrade El Idolo to defeat Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett.
This event in particular led to a number of veterans suggesting they could have another match. While it was recently confirmed that Ricky Steamboat will be returning soon, despite previously expressing his desire to stay retired.
Even Flair himself has claimed that he might come back yet again.
Speaking in a new interview with SEScoops, WWE Hall of Famer Madusa has now hinted that should could be tempted to wrestle again. However, the star did admit that the opportunity for a retirement match may have passed.
“Never say never. That damn saying is such a trademark in this business because you can’t. I’ve never had a retirement match and I would love to have a retirement match, but that may have gone and sailed.”
Madusa, who was also known as Alundra Blayze made her most recent in-ring appearance in a 20-woman Battle Royale at WWE Evolution in 2018. Prior to that her last match came at WCW Fall Brawl in September 2000.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.