8 Wrestlers Who Performed Into Their 50s

Ric Flair retired after WrestleMania 24 and there's no way you can prove otherwise.

Wrestling is a young man's game. It doesn't matter how big a star you were in your hey-day: once you get a little long in the tooth, you can swiftly expect to be given your marching orders, replaced by some enthusiastic whippersnapper fresh out of wrestling school.

You don't get to hang around for what seems like an age, inexplicably mopping up world title wins while the weary audience who once cheered your name become increasingly hostile to your very presence on screen. That just doesn't happen. Never has.

OK, so maybe the world of professional wrestling isn't totally meritocratic 100% of the time. But that doesn't mean every performer still pulling on the knee-pads in their 50s was living off their former glory. Some of them really could - and did - still go in the ring (although, obviously, some couldn't).

This then is a celebration of wrestlers who maintained a regular in-ring schedule beyond the age of 49, discounting those who were nominally on-screen authority or ambassadorial figures and occasionally competed (e.g. Hulk Hogan) and those who retired before their 50th but returned for a late Indian Summer (e.g. Ricky Steamboat).

Caveats aside, here are 10 wrestlers who performed into their 50s.

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