WWE superstar Seth Rollins has announced his retirement and will leave the company to take up his new role as an ambassador for health and wellness, the company announced Thursday.
“After many months of hard work, I am retiring from WWE and will be returning to my personal pursuits,” Rollins said in a statement.
“I am truly grateful for the opportunity to help build the foundation of a health and well-being program for the entire WWE Universe.”WWE has not publicly announced a new replacement for Rollins, who was a key figure in the company’s signature era, which ended with WrestleMania 31 in 2017.
The company did announce that it will no longer offer any additional paid TV or digital programming to its fans until the end of 2021.
In addition to WWE’s new role, Rollins will also serve as a global ambassador for a number of health and wellbeing initiatives.
The announcement comes as WWE’s television and digital streaming business has been in a state of flux as the company continues to fight a host of lawsuits stemming from its treatment of performers who were victims of sexual assault or domestic abuse.
In a statement Thursday, WWE CEO Vince McMahon acknowledged that WWE’s business has had a tough year.
“We have been hit hard by a lot of the legal battles and issues we’ve been fighting for the last several years,” McMahon said.
“But we are strong and strong.
We are making progress, we are on the right track, and we will see you at WrestleMania in 2021.”
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