World Wrestling Entertainment has been around for a long time and during all those years, many wrestlers have come to prominence. However, only a few of them have become the legends that the entire world is familiar with. The following part of this piece will introduce some of the biggest legends of WWE that have said farewell to the WWE competition and who are now retired or they are doing some other work outside WWE.
One of the biggest legends of WWE is Mark William Calaway who is better known under the nickname the Undertaker. He signed for WWE in 1990 and that same year, he made his debut in the WWE events. However, his career started back in 1984 when he was signed by World Class Championship Wrestling. In 1990, he left WCCW and joined WWE which turned out to be the right move in his career.
In the history of WWE events, the Undertaker is known for The Streak in which he was not defeated in 21 consecutive matches at the WWE's biggest event, Wrestlemania. Besides that, in 2007, the Undertaker won Royal Rumble and he became the first wrestler ever to win that tournament after entering the last. Additionally, the Undertaker is also eight-time world champion which makes him one of the most successful wrestlers in WWE history.
Dwayne the Rock Johnson might be the most famous wrestler that came from WWE and who became a globally successful actor. While he was part of the WWE events, the Rock was often called The Great One, The Most Electrifying Man in All of the Entertainment, and The People's Champion. The Rock made his debut in WWE events back in 1996 in the Survivor Series. He managed to win eight WWE Championships.
The Rock comes from a family who has already been a huge part of the WWE. His father, Rocky Johnson is also one of the biggest WWE wrestlers ever. His father has also been included in the WWE Hall of Fame just like his son when he announced his retirement from professional wrestling. Since then, the Rock has been one of the biggest movie stars in the world as he starred in the biggest movie franchise in the world, 'Fast and Furious'.
John Cena is one of the most recognizable names in the WWE history. Cena started his career back in 1999 but he became hugely popular in the mid-2000s. He made his debut with WWE in 2002 after signing a contract with this organization in 2001. Over the years, John Cena has been recognized as one of the most important figures in WWE in the last ten to fifteen years. In that sense, IGN named him the WWE's biggest player since 2005.
John Cena has won 24 championships including the title of World Champion fourteen times. In 2008 and 2013, Cena won one of the biggest WWE events, the Royal Rumble. In the last couple of years of his professional career, John Cena has also focused on some other work as well. He released the rap album called You Can't See Me which became a huge part of his performances and he also starred in several movies including 12 Rounds (2009), Legendary (2010), Trainwreck (2015), Sisters (2016), and several others.
Hulk Hogan is one of the biggest legends of WWE that ever appeared in these competitions. Many wrestling entertainment fans consider Hulk Hogan to be the greatest professional wrestler of all time. Hulk Hogan did not only focus on his wrestling career as he has been very successful as an actor, entrepreneur, as well as musician.
In his professional career, Hulk Hogan managed to win the title of world champion for twelve times – in WWF Heavyweight Championship and in the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Besides that, Hogan was the first professional wrestler who won two consecutive Royal Rumble tournaments and that happened in 1990 and in 1991. In 2005, Hulk Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and for many, he will remain the greatest professional wrestler of all times.
Steve Austin or Stone Cold Steve Austin was a professional wrestler who is now working as an actor, producer, and media personality. Despite him being retired, he is still signed with WWE which proves that World Wrestling Entertainment wants to keep their biggest stars even when they retire from the professional competitions. Stone Cold Steve Austin became famous in the late 1990s as a wrestler who did not pay much attention to the rules.
More than often he would be caught drinking beer and being disrespectful. Because of that, some media have named him the antihero of the entire wrestling entertainment. During his career, Steve Austin managed to win 19 championship titles and he is the six-time WWF Champion as well as four times WWF Tag Team Champion. In 2001, Steve Austin won Royal Rumble, one of the WWE biggest events. In 2009, after announcing his retirement from the professional wrestling, Steve Austin was included in the WWE Hall of Fame.
When it comes to the world of WWE, one of the biggest legends that ever appeared in those events is Shawn Michaels. He became the first wrestler ever to win the titles at all events that World Wrestling Entertainment organized and with that he became a permanent part of the WWE history. During his career, Shawn Michaels has been known the most for his looks and his moves which resulted in him having several different nicknames including The Showstopper, Mr. Wrestlemania, Sexy Boy, The Main Event and many others.