The Undertaker retires
The Undertaker retires
“This time, the cowboy really rides away …” because The Undertaker (real name Mark Calaway) is retiring.
In the series finale of his hit docu-series, The Last Ride, the 55-year-old announced his retirement from World Wrestling Entertainment.
“You can never appreciate how long the road was until you’ve driven to the end,” posted Calaway on social media platforms, just moments after claiming that he has “nothing left to accomplish in the ring”.
Having wrestled since his debut in 1990, The Undertaker has won every applicable championship in the company. He has won in at least one of every single pay-per-view events he has fought in over the years and this includes an unmatched, dominant WrestleMania streak of 21 wins on the spin.
The superstar face of wrestling for almost three decades has admitted that he “can do more good outside the ring than inside” and he is finally at a place where he can accept that.
“The game has changed. It’s time for new guys to come up. The time just seems right. This documentary has helped me discover that and opened my eyes to the bigger picture and not judge myself as harshly these last few years.
“At this point in my life and in my career, I have no desire to get back in the ring.”
With his last match taking place at WrestleMania being hailed a classic against AJ Styles, The Undertaker believes that he has received the ideal send-off.
“I believe I’m at a good place now, post boneyard [the WrestleMania match], which was a hellacious battle against one of the best in the business.
“Here you are, climbing on your motorcycle and taking off. 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. This time the cowboy really rides away”.
The one question that is always raised when big names say goodbye is “will there ever be one more match?”
The answer to that question, too, was answered on the show.
After speaking about having no desire to get back into the ring, Calaway mentioned that he would “never say never” if Vince McMahon and the company desperately needed him for anything.
With that a distant possibility, we would like to bid farewell to arguably the greatest WWE superstar of all time.