(Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh is considered a veteran at the age of 26)

Different sports have different retirement ages.  In my job at a newspaper, I recently saw 26-year-old swimmer Cameron van der Burgh referred to as a veteran.  Gymnastics and diving would have a similar top age cut off.

In most sports like tennis, soccer, cricket, rugby etc you would probably see some players stopping in their early 30s and only the select few playing on to around the age of 40.

Some of the sports do allow for a separate league or tour for players over the normal retirement age (both tennis and golf have this provision).

But what about wrestling?

It seems like you can go on forever.

While some people may be questioning whether the Undertaker, in his late 40s, still has one more Wrestlemania left in him (particularly if it could be against fellow veteran Sting), in the indies there seems to be a never-ending parade of performers most of us thought had already retired.

(Greg “the Hammer” Valentine)
Yesterday (July 31) in Brew City Wrestling, the title match saw ex-ECW/WWE/Ring of Honor star Steve Corino (still relatively young at 41) defending the title against 62-year-old Greg “The Hammer” Valentine.

Last month Honky Tonk Man (age 61)  won the  International Wrestling Alliance Heavyweight Championship, while the veteran tag team the Rock ‘n Roll Express (57-year-old Ricky Morton and 56-year-old Robert Gibson) are still highly active in the tag team scene. Then there’s 59-year-old Jake the Snake Roberts and 67-year-old Bushwhacker Luke, who both show up from time to time.
mil dos
(The world’s oldest tag team? Alberto del Rio’s dad Dos Caras and uncle Mil Mascaras)
Of course little can beat the iconic Mexican duo of Mil Mascaras (age 72) and 63-year-old Dos Caras, who are the current holders of the Tokyo World Tag Team Title.

After witnessing Jerry Lawler’s heart attack a while back on Monday Night Raw, one has to worry whether competitors who are so far past the normal retirement age for sportsmen (regardless which sport we are talking about) will drop dead or end up permanently disabled should something go wrong in the ring.

What do our readers think? Should there be a cut off age for wrestlers to retire by?



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