Former WWE Superstar Retires from Professional Wrestling
A former WWE superstar is kissing his wrestling career goodbye.
Rycklon Stephens, who wrestled as Ezekiel Jackson in WWE, has retired from professional wrestling. Stephens reportedly informed German wrestling promotion Westside Xtreme Wrestling that his match for them over the weekend would be his last.
It’s been a while since Stephens has wrestled for WWE, although he enjoyed brief success in his time there, winning the Intercontinental Title and the ECW Title. He also made history as the final recognized holder of the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, after defeating Christian to win the belt in 2010. This past year, he’s performed as Big Ryck on Lucha Underground on the El Rey network, which has provided a bit of a career resurgence. However, it’s safe to say he won’t be a part of Lucha Underground Season 2 now. But hey, not everyone gets to go out on their own terms in wrestling, so this isn’t exactly something anyone should be giving him a hard time over, considering how hard it can often be for many wrestlers to truly walk away from the business.
No word on what he plans to do with his life after wrestling, but — to borrow WWE’s unfortunate firing phrase, and actually meaning it — we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
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