The industry icons in this list all share one thing in common - they don't need to still be in the industry.
Financial freedom assured thanks to years of hard graft being one of the best in the world at this peculiar artform, everybody featured could pack up completely and never so much as inhale the stench of canvas again.
It makes sense why you'd not really want to walk away. As a wrestler operating at the peak of your powers, you're systemically and socially instructed to cling to your spot as if it were a family member set to fall from a clifftop. Making it to the apex of the business must be the giddiest of thrills but a guaranteed lack of permanence in the position informs an uncertain future.
There are those that have to abandon it completely just to pull themselves away, and those that choose to remain as tied to it as possible, even if regular bumping is out of the question.
Kevin Nash is still the coolest guy in every wrestling room, and he once famously decreed that the only two things that mattered in pro wrestling were miles and money. For not needing the latter, this gang are only too willing to travel the former for one more hit...
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Nash).
Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.