WWE Superstar and Icon, The Undertaker, has officially retired. The Undertaker has announced his retirement in the final episode of the WWE Network documentary ‘The Last Ride’. The Phenom had his last match at this year’s WrestleMania against AJ Styles in a Boneyard match that you can see highlights from match above.
The Undertaker stated that “I’m at a point that this time the cowboy really rides away.” After saying that he has nothing left to accomplish, he seemed content with what he has done and spending his future at home.
“I believe I’m at a place now, post-Boneyard, which was a hellacious battle against one of the best in the business. Here you are, climbing on your motorcycle and taking off. There was a lot of thought and a lot of emotion, one of those being ‘are you happy enough with that?’ It was a powerful moment. You don’t necessarily always get those. If there was ever a perfect ending to a career, that right there was it. If Vince was in a pinch, would I come back? I guess time would only tell there. In case of emergency, break glass, you pull out The Undertaker. I would consider it. At this point in my career, I have no desire to get back in the ring,” he said.
For nearly three decades, the Undertaker has been a fixture in the WWE as one of the business’ biggest superstars.
Calaway began his career in 1987, working as various gimmicks for World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) and other affiliate promotions, and he became USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion and WCWA Texas Heavyweight Champion during this time. After signing with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1989, he had a brief stint in the mid-card as “Mean Mark” Callous, before joining the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1990.
Calaway was rebranded as “The Undertaker” in the WWF, and gained significant mainstream popularity as a horror-themed, macabre entity who employed scare tactics and held links to the supernatural. The longest-tenured wrestler in company history at 30 years, The Undertaker was one of the most prominent figures of the Attitude Era, a boom period in the company’s business in the latter 1990s. His character transitioned into a biker in the early 2000s, before returning to a refined version of his previous gimmick in 2004. The Undertaker is heavily associated with WWE’s flagship annual event, WrestleMania, where he became known for The Streak, a series of 21 straight victories, and he headlined the event on five occasions.
He is also known for his pairing with storyline half-brother Kane, with whom he has alternatively feuded or teamed as The Brothers of Destruction since 1997. With Kane, he held the WWF and WCW World Tag Team Championships during The Invasion storyline. Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, The Undertaker is a seven-time world heavyweight champion in WWF/E, having held the WWF/E Championship four times and World Heavyweight Championship three times.
His dark and mystical character remains a fan favorite has been fueled by his success at WrestleMania over that span. Although a couple of losses to Reigns and Brock Lesnar have taken a little of that luster off, it’s part of his legacy that made him a legendary figure in WWE history.