WWE appear to have confirmed that The Undertaker has indeed wrestled his last match for the company after he announced his retirement. Undertaker said during his tell-all docuseries The Last Ride on the WWE Network that he has “no desire to get back in the ring” and that there is nothing left for him to accomplish.
However, Taker left a window open during his emotional statement as he hinted at a possible return “in case of emergency” or if WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon was “in a pinch”.
This is not the first time The Deadman teases retirement as he did the same back at WrestleMania 33 following his loss to Roman Reigns as he laid down his signature black cloak, gloves and hat in the middle of the ring before saluting the crowd.
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Undertaker said: “I’m at a point, it’s time this cowboy really rides away. There’s nothing left for me to conquer or accomplish.
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“The game has changed. It’s time for new guys to come up. The time just seems right.
“I can do more good outside the ring than I can inside. I’m finally at a place where I can accept that.
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“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.
“[But] at this point in my career, I have no desire to get back in the ring.”
However, WWE appeared to have confirmed that Undertaker is indeed done with professional wrestling during last night’s episode of SmackDown.
The wrestling giants booked the programme as a tribute show to The Phenom as various legends like Triple H, Edge and Shawn Michaels praised the 55-year-old heavyweight’s 30-year career.
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WWE announcers Michael Cole as well as Corey Graves also mentioned quite a few times that the seven-time world champion’s Boneyard Match against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36 was indeed his final match.
This leaves very little doubt as to whether the ex-WWE Champion is truly retired as there are also no plans to get him involved in the programme in any way in the near future.
There have been many wrestlers in the past who have come back from retirement for one more match, such as Trish Stratus, Shawn Michaels and Terry Funk, but only time will tell if Undertaker will join that club.
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