The Undertaker, the greatest character to ever be produced in the history of professional wrestling, has announced his retirement after spending nearly 30 years with the WWE. Undertaker whose real name Mark Calaway, confirmed that he was done with wrestling during the final episode of his docuseries “Undertaker: The Last Ride,” saying he is content not stepping in the ring again.
In the fifth episode of his docuseries, he said: “Never say never, but at this point in my life and in my career, I have no desire to get back in the ring. I’m at a point, it’s time this cowboy really rides away”. He further continued by saying “there’s nothing left for me to conquer. There’s nothing left for me to accomplish. The game has changed. It’s time for new guys to come up. The time just seems right. I think this documentary has helped me discover that. It’s really opened my eyes to the bigger picture.”
The Last Ride docuseries was a rare peek into the Undertaker’s real-life persona, as Calaway decided to allow fans a good glance into “the last few stages” of his wrestling career. If this is indeed time, Undertaker’s Boneyard match against AJ Styles will go down as the last of his career. The WWE also seemingly confirmed Taker’s retirement with a tweet that read “ #ThankYouTaker for…” and shared a picture of The Undertaker.
During the final episode of his Last Ride docuseries, The Undertaker says he’s at peace with not wrestling again. This is something he wasn’t able to do despite teasing retirement a few times throughout the years.
He says, “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.
As a wrestling fan, Undertaker is one of the most iconic names you can think of as a wrestler. Even the people who don’t watch wrestling know who The Undertaker is. WWE is going to hit different without The Undertaker.