One of the greatest characters in wrestling history finally retires after an unbelievable career of 30 years. Mark Calaway, who is better known as The Undertaker, has announced that he has no desire to step back into the ring.
According to a statement given by the 55-year-old WWE legend in the final episode of ‘The Last Ride’ documentary on the WWE Network.
WWE has also posted on its Twitter, with the simple caption “#ThankYouTaker for…” followed by an image with glimpses of various matches over The Undertaker’s long career, which seems to confirm Calaway’s retirement as The Undertaker.
#ThankYouTaker for… pic.twitter.com/otUvugelL3
— WWE (@WWE) June 21, 2020
For 30 years the undertaker played the ‘undead’ wrestler who uses funerals as his signature move. He puts his opponents in bodybags and caskets after he defeats them. He has been set on fire three times and buried alive. His entrance music is, appropriately, a version of Chopin’s funeral march.
The ‘undead’ now fear death
The wrestler who is known as ‘one who cannot die’ is now only thinking of death as his work life is finally catching up with the 55-year-old’s health.
While professional wrestling is ‘fake’ that is to say, scripted. The bumps, bruises, and broken bones on the other hand are not.
According to the wrestler, he has lost count of the times he has been concussed, spent nights in the hospital, unable to remember his own name, and the number of surgeries he has undergone.
Where The Undertaker used to feel unaffected by the prospect of death, now he’s thinking about the possible outcomes of each risk he takes in the ring.
“When you’re young you don’t have these thoughts,” he says. “Once they start creeping in, it’s really hard to get ‘em out.”
Twitteratis bid farewell to The Undertaker
As soon as the news of The Undertaker’s retirement broke the internet. People from all over the world took to Twitter to express their love and appreciation for the wrestler. Many remember special moments as they bid farewell to the living legend.
The Undertaker is without a doubt the greatest character in professional Wrestling history. He's dedicated his life to entertaining us & gave us a life time of memories. He should go into the HOF by himself, without a doubt, an absolute legend.. #ThankYouTaker #TheUndertaker #WWE pic.twitter.com/HlQimJFjP3
— Raphael Wilson (@089968Raph_) June 21, 2020
Thank you @undertaker for all those years of hard work, determination, injuries and sacrifices you made to entertain us. May you now #RestInPeace #Undertaker #ThankYouTaker ❤️ pic.twitter.com/QpVGWPGwuD
— LiquidSinister (@liquid_sinister) June 21, 2020
I'm so glad I got to see him live at least once… pic.twitter.com/SoLGytNjLM
— Smokey Salamander (@SalamanderEXB) June 21, 2020
Favorite wrestler of all time. Thank you @undertaker. #ThankYouTaker
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) June 21, 2020
@undertaker is one of the very best of all time. A living legend that I feel will return once again at some stage
— Wasim Perviz (@TheWWEIconWasim) June 21, 2020
Lastly, The Undertaker added saying, fear, is a double-edged sword for a professional wrestler.
“If you have the mental toughness to block that kind of stuff out, that’s great. But also, are you putting yourself in more jeopardy? If you don’t look at things realistically, you have the potential to really injure yourself, thinking, ‘I used to do that all the time. It won’t be any problem,’ and then you’re just physically not able to do it. You run the risk of injuring yourself and you risk injuring your opponent.”
Ah! We will miss the lagend and those scary moments associated with him.
Grew up watching you and collected so many CDs of your matches from a famous video shop at Rainbow Centre :). Such a dreaded wrestler you were.#ThankYouTaker for all the memories. pic.twitter.com/MrT1Cg0KA7
— azhar khan (@azharkhn4) June 22, 2020
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