Is he truly leaving his cloak and gloves in the center of the squared circle?
During the docuseries titled The Last Ride, Mark Calaway, better known as "The Undertaker" to wider audiences, admitted he was content with the work he'd given to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) universe and could retire with that satisfaction.
"I’m at a point that this time the cowboy really rides away," he said.
As one of the greatest to ever lace up a pair of boots, the world will surely be heartbroken if he truly has decided to retire. Twitter has already been aflame with the hashtag #ThankYouTaker, with fellow WWE superstars, fans, and celebrities expressing their gratitude towards all the hard work, entertaining matches, and meaningful wrestling moments he's put on for well over 20 years.
Originally signing with World Championship Wrestling (WCW), The Undertaker's career surged when he debuted in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) at 1990's Survivor Series. After quickly winning the WWE title within a year of his first appearance, he ended up dominating the Main Event, putting on stellar showcases against the likes of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Bret Hart. He's also contributed to what many critics and fans claim as the greatest wrestling match ever, against Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 25 (it was so well-received they did a Streak vs Career match the following year, after which Michaels retired).
Although playing up a variety of gimmicks, including as the American Bad Ass and Big Evil, Calaway is best known for his cinematically haunting and creepily enigmatic character known as The Undertaker, who wraps people up in body bags and carries an urn of ashes. His Wrestlemania entrances always included caskets with the names of his soon-to-be victims. Undefeated for 21 years, his Streak finally ended against UFC's Brock Lesnar, and later he lost to Roman Reigns during Mania as well.
At 55 years old, it's only natural that Calaway would want to retire. He's dedicated his time and body to the WWE for 30 years. His latest match against the Phenomenal AJ Styles at Wrestlemania, in which he buried his foe and rode off into the distance on his motorcycle, seems as if it would serve as the perfect image of his goodbye.
Fans will no doubt miss The Undertaker. But they are asking themselves ... is this truly the end?
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