You never know when a professional wrestler is going to hand up the boots for good and it sounds like that’s exactly what Drake Younger plans to do. The former WWE referee recently took to social media to announce that he is retiring from in-ring competition to focus on his family.

Younger unfortunately broke his back in 2022, but noted that the injury was a blessing in disguise because it gave him a chance to slow down. Drake Younger signed with WWE back in 2014 and started working for the company as a referee under the name Drake Wuertz. The company parted ways with him in 2021.

Younger posted the following announcement on Instagram confirming his retirement:

“For those in the pro wrestling space you may have heard that my 21 year in ring wrestling career has come to an end.

We in this profession all know that the ride we all want can end at any moment due to the physical punishment required for the job. It certainly does not make it sting any less when that day actually comes.

I’ve been blessed with an INCREDIBLE on camera career in our business.

-From my first $5 payday in 2002 at the Evansville Coliseum (plus a hamburger)…
-to headlining Korakeun Hall in Japan while legitimizing American Deathmatch Fighting…
-to standing in the ring in front of 80,000 people at WrestleMania about to ref the main event match for the boss that changed my life while being trusted by Mr. McMahon to make sure his Daughter stays safe in the match…
-to proving the doubters wrong by showing I’m one of the best while giving back to the next generation…

The ride has been amazing!

However it is well past time to start putting my family first. Wrestling has come above everything for half my life. I’m blessed with a beautiful wife, 3 kids, and twin boys on the way.
Breaking my back was a blessing in disguise and the slow down I personally needed.

I’ve caused a lot of damage at home and there are some steps I need to take to better myself for my family.

Thank you to fans across the globe for the love.
Please continue to support and pray for us —- (LINK IN MY BIO)

Psycho Shooter
Drake Younger
2007 TOD Champion
2007 Best of the Best Peoples Choice Champion
2008 Ted Petty Invitational Champion
2011 IWA King of the Deathmatches
2014 Best of the Best Champion
2023 XPW King of the Deathmatches
CZW World Heavyweight Champion
CZW World Jr. Heavyweight Champion
CZW World Tag Team Champion
CZW Ultraviolent Underground Champion (MY FAVORITE)”