Pro wrestling is nothing but a small circle. That means pro wrestlers come and go all the time. Kurt Angle left WWE in 2006 for IMPACT Wrestling (then TNA), only to return as a Hall of Famer and then the RAW General Manager in 2017. This brings us to performers that are no longer active in the ring but still contracted to the company in some capacity. That being said, here are five non-active WWE superstars that are still on company’s payroll.
MACE has had an underwhelming career in WWE so far. The former NFL player trained under WWE Hall of Famer Booker T in his Reality of Wrestling promotion. MACE signed with WWE in 2016 and made his in-ring debut for the company at an NXT live event in Orlando, Florida on September 30, 2016. MACE was called to the main roster in 2020 as a member of the villainous stable Retribution. He was traded to SmackDown as part of the 2021 Draft.
MACE's last televised appearance to date came on the November 26, 2021, episode of the blue brand. He worked a dark segment alongside LA Knight before the April 15, 2022, episode of SmackDown. He was revealed as the first acquisition under Knight Model Management, before defeating Eric of The Viking Raiders in a dark match.
Molly Holly had a brief stint with WCW prior to joining WWE (then WWF) in 2000. She made her main roster debut during the same year. Molly would go on to capture the Hardcore Championship as well as the Women’s Champion during her five-year stint with WWE. She also tagged with The Hurricane as his superhero sidekick, Mighty Molly, from 2001- 2002.
Molly retired from active in-ring competition in 2005. She took part in PPV action, competing in the Women’s Royal Rumble match on three separate occasions. Molly was hired as a full-time producer and helped produced stellar matches, including the awesome Bianca Belair versus Becky Lynch match for the RAW Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 38.
Kenny Dykstra is mostly known for his time as the leader of The Spirit Squad. Dykstra signed with WWE in 2004 and worked two years in their developmental system before making his main roster debut in 2006. The Spirit Squad played Vince McMahon’s lackeys during his feud with D-Generation X.
Dykstra parted ways with WWE in 2008 and worked independent events till 2016 when he briefly became part of Dolph Ziggler’s feud against The Miz. Dykstra announced his retirement from pro wrestling in April 2021. He reported to The Performance Center as a trainer later the same year and currently works as a backstage producer on the main roster.
Paige was handpicked to represent WWE’s women’s division from the moment she stepped foot inside the WWE. The “Anti Diva” joined NXT following FCW’s rebrand into the black and gold brand and became the first-ever NXT Women’s Champion. Paige won the Divas Championship from AJ Lee on her main roster debut in 2014.
Unfortunately, a series of injuries forced Paige to retire from active in-ring competition in 2018. She continued to work as an on-screen talent, first as a SmackDown General Manager and later as the manager of the Kabuki Warriors. Paige is still contracted to WWE despite not being on TV in nearly two years.
Tyson Kidd signed a developmental contract with WWE in 2006 and made his main roster debut as a member of The Hart Dynasty alongside Harry Smith Jr. and Natalya in 2009. Kidd is a two-time WWE Tag Team Champion, an accolade he shares with both Smith Jr. and Cesaro.
Kidd was forced to retire from active in-ring competition due to a spinal cord injury he suffered during a dark match against Samoa Joe on RAW in 2015. He transitioned as a backstage producer full-time in 2017, and remains one of the most respected people backstage to this day.