The Undertaker, well, the man needs no introduction. He is probably the greatest professional wrestler to have stepped inside the squared circle. His legacy is unparalleled and quite frankly, untouchable. In the world where everything is so fast and goes out of fashion quickly, he has been able to maintain his persona of the Deadman for more than 30 years now. The Undertaker made his debut in 1984 in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW). Though he made his debut in World Wrestling Federation now, World Wrestling Entertainment on November 19, 1990. And, it was the beginning of a career that would go on to break numerous records and build a legacy that the world has not seen as of then. I have been a Taker fan since 2003, and I can tell you that nothing is wrong with that man. He is indeed a Deadman when he is inside the squared circle. But, as the time passed, The Undertaker grew older, and I started to feel that the end is near. Let us take a look at the moments where I thought the Outlaw is finally done.
# A decade full of roller coasters.
In the last decade, starting from WrestleMania 25, there have been many times when I thought that it would be his last appearance, whether it was the match against Triple H at WrestleMania 27 or WrestleMania 28. I felt that the Deadman will not rise and would carry his unbeaten streak with him. But, he appeared again and again.
# Finally, the streak broke.
Well, if you ask a hardcore WWE fan about one impossible thing before WrestleMania 30, then I am sure s/he would’ve replied, breaking the undefeated WrestleMania streak of The Undertaker. But, the time stopped, when The Undertaker was defeated by Brock Lesnar. Well, like everyone else, I believed that the Deadman is finally done as it is 21-1. And, the way he broke his character for the first time by kissing his wife, Michelle McCool in the crowd after the match, you would’ve thought the same. He even left his coat and cap at the center of the ring to bid goodbye. But…
# The Deadman rose again.
After all the things that went down at WrestleMania 30, nobody thought that The Undertaker would return. But, he did and for taking his revenge against Brock Lesnar. And, after defeating him controversially at Summer Slam and ending Brock Lesnar’s undefeated streak at the pay-per-view event, we thought that the time has come. But, it didn’t happen either.
# The Roman Reigns match.
Well, who can forget the Roman Reigns match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33? The build-up to the match was a direct indication that the Deadman will finally pass the torch to Roman Reigns, who is indeed a next-generation superstar. The result of the match also made us believe that because Taker suffered his second loss at the grandest stage of all after 25 appearances.
# But, The Undertaker has something more left in him.
For WrestleMania 34, WWE decided to square up the legend against another legend, John Cena. And, it was a perfect fairytale ending that The Undertaker would’ve got for his historic and monumental career. But, the promos and the confrontation that took place before the match suggested something else. He came back for the match and guess what, he defeated Cena.
It was quite shocking because we knew he would come back again for a match. But, for what? He has secured his legacy. He is the biggest wrestler in the sports entertainment history. He has lost his one great thing, The undefeated streak at WrestleMania. So, why will he come back?
Well, maybe WWE has bigger plans for him. But, his recent health condition suggests that it is the time for him to say goodbye. He has achieved everything and anything that a wrestler would wish for. But, why is he still stretching the career? It is quite unbelievable yet respectful to see that Taker does not want to leave the one thing that he loves the most. But, he has already crossed the age of 50, and he is not Rick Flair. The wrinkles on his face suggest that it is right time for him to walk away.
But, seeing the current scenario, one thing that I feel is that he will come back for the 35th edition of WrestleMania. And, will finally, draw curtains to his career. I hope he does because the last couple of years has done nothing but left some unwanted marks on his career. I know that he is doing this to help the younger superstars establish their names, but I think, he should now retire. And, I hope he does that on WrestleMania 35.