Now that the forced merriment of the festive period is in the rearview mirror, us wrestling fans can turn our attention to what really matters- Wrestlemania season. The Royal Rumble is a matter of weeks away and the big event itself is just a couple of months down the line. 2018 looks set to be a big year for the WWE but not all is looking bright. As with any year in professional wrestling, several wrestlers are likely to leave the company, whether that be because of retirement, medical issues, or because the company has nothing left to offer them. 2017 saw a lot of talent leave the company, and 2018 looks set to have even more big more names step out of the WWE ring for the last time. Let’s take a look at five superstars who are likely to leave the WWE in 2018.
Of all the names on this list, Brock Lesnar is the one that really could go either way. After what was, quite frankly, a fairly lazy year in 2016, Brock put on some solid matches in 2017 with the likes of Goldberg, Samoa Joe, and AJ Styles, and while his reign with the Universal Title has been polarizing to say the last, fans are genuinely in agreement that they would rather see the Beast Incarnate working for the WWE than not at all.
Brock signed a three-year contract extension with the company just before Wrestlemania 31, turning down a big money return to the UFC in the progress and while a return to The Octagon may be a difficult road, following his welfare policy violation back in 2016, it would still seem that Brock’s heart still yearns for a return to Dana White’s company at some point. While he may want that, though, other factors may work against Brock and he may still decide that an even lighter schedule with the WWE is a smarter option. Brock is heavily protected in the WWE, and a two or three match a year deal could prove ideal- if an agreement can’t be reached, however, then you can say goodbye to Brock after he inevitably loses the title to Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania.