Over the past weeks, photos of the Undertaker needing crutches to walk around have been circulating online, prompting WWE fans to speculate about the legendary wrestler’s impending (?) retirement. But recent reports seem to indicate that the Deadman is not down for the count.
At least, not yet.
Though several sources seem to confirm that the Undertaker has undergone hip surgery recently, PWInsider claims that he is still looking to be part of WrestleMania 33, happening next year. But, again, this is IF his injury has completely healed and IF the Undertaker actually feels like joining the annual WWE event.
Many WWE fans would know that the Undertaker has been the one constant in the wrestling company for the past two decades. He has also been a staple of WrestleMania, having been part of the event for 24 of the last 26 years and having joined a match in each of the last fifteen years.
As part of WWE tradition, fans immediately assumed that the Undertaker would make yet another appearance in WrestleMania next year.
Could the Undertaker be done?
But with photos of the legendary wrestler in crutches making its rounds, many are already beginning to doubt if the Undertaker will be able to enter the ring by April 2017, or even make a return to wrestling at all.
The first photo, which can be seen below, shows the WWE star looking noticeably older, with his crutches. Initially, many theorized that the crutches belonged to the Starbucks barista standing beside him (notice that she is wearing a cast).
— Pro Wrestling & MMA (@ProWrestlingWW) October 12, 2016
Although, another Twitter user @TheZacklethal posted yet another photo with the Deadman, with what looked his crutches resting on the passenger seat. The Tweet was also captioned “Another photo of The Undertaker. You can see the crutches in his trunk which tells you it’s his. I hope he heals up soon.”
Another photo of The Undertaker. You can see the crutches in his trunk which tells you it's his. I hope he heals up soon. pic.twitter.com/teU8Lz0Axu
— Zack (@TheZackLethal) October 12, 2016
But, really, who are we to rush him? After thirty plus years of entertaining wrestling fans, creating such an unforgettable icon and all the memorable fights against fellow WWE legends, the Undertaker does seem to deserve a much needed (permanent) break.
We just hope it’s after WrestleMania 33.
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