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Rhyno announces retirement after losing match on Raw

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This week’s episode of Raw featured a backstage segment involving the General Manager Elect Baron Corbin telling Heath Slater and Rhyno that he has only one spot in the roster.

He gave the former SmackDown Tag Team Champions the option to quit the job for each other or fight for their position, and the duo chose the second.

The match which took place later in the night saw Slater defeating Rhyno via a roll up and after the match; Corbin revealed that he is keeping him on Raw as a referee.

This made many believe that all this is part of a storyline WWE has planned for both of them and Rhyno will not miss any ring time, but it appears that this is not the case.

During the commercial break after this bout, Rhyno cut a short promo to the live crowd and announced his retirement from active competition.

Rhyno started his wrestling career back in 1994 and gained fame when he joined Paul Heyman’s ECW in 1999. After the company folded he went on to have long stints with both WWE and TNA.

  • Luke

    I’m guessing there are medical reasons behind this, or it’s actually a work. I don’t believe he’d have such an abrupt send-off otherwise.

  • Luke

    Came to say teh same. His angle with heath Slater was the greatest thing on tv a couple of eyars ago. He has definitely been relevant since the 2000s.

  • “Not being relevant” is an incredibly subjective term. And certainly not a reason for someone to stop wrestling.

  • Darrin Tyler

    Before it happend I called it. Although he should have retired a long time ago. He hasn’t been relevant since the early 2000s

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    I think if Rhyno had stayed on nxt and just been there as a dominant champion who put guys over and had great feuds i think he would have done well. As lets face it he was never going to make it past mid card on raw or smackdown

  • CC

    Yeah, big does not always equal better, but sadly they will generally always get the push before the “short” guys do. Whether that push is successful or not is not guaranteed, but sadly they will always get more chances than the guys who are normal human sized.

    Look at Corbin. How many failed pushes has he had yet Vince still persists.
    If I never saw him on TV again, it would be too soon.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    And the irony is out of all 3 guys you mentioned only mcintyre stands a chance.

    Cass was good but his attitude got him in trouble and corbin is bland as hell

  • CC

    I think the problem with Rhyno (in Vince’s eyes) is yes he was big built, but not a tall guy. Hell, Heath Slater is taller than him.
    While Vinnie boy likes his big sweaty men, we all know from the constantly crappy angles we have seen over the years (including recent ones from Big Cass, Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre), unless you are very tall, you are “short”.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    As a fan of his, I really hope he’s not going out like this. It’s no secret wwe likes their big guys, and Rhyno was one of those rare cases that had the total package, but coming in from ECW and not being a “wwe made guy” unfortunately he was never going to make it which is a shame. I’d have loved to see Rhyno do his “rookie monster” heel stuff in WWE and demolish people, but sadly it never happened

  • Mike the Ike

    What a sad way to end a career. From being the last ECW champ to a jobber to retiring off air. Hell, I would have preferred the Christian retirement than this, just being used less and less until one day he’s gone for good. Thank you, Rhyno.

  • CC

    If this is a genuine retirement, its sad he had to end his career so poorly.
    Would have been so much better for him to retire after having the tag title run a few years back, as at least he would have gone out on a high note rather than as a jobber.