The Undertaker made the entire World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) universe emotional at WrestleMania 33. The Dead Man left his gear in the ring after his main event defeat to Roman Reigns.
After the 52-year-old departed the stage at Citrus Bowl on Sunday, it is being widely believed that The Undertaker has retired from professional wrestling. However, the symbolic retirement has been semi-formal until now.
The WWE is yet to reveal any official statement on The Undertaker retirement. If reports are to be believed, the wrestling promotion wants to keep it this way for a long time. There will be no official confirmation on Taker’s retirement, according to Cageside Seats.
On April 2, 2017, The Undertaker departed the Citrus Bowl after symbolically retiring from sports entertainment. Hence, the crowd present at WrestleMania 33 was on its feet to pay their final tribute to The Phenom’s legendary professional wrestling career.
Although there are whispers regarding The Undertaker returning to fight another match in the future, there is no confirmation from either party regarding the same. At least the WWE universe is not prepared for it at the moment.
Reason behind no official statement
Both The Undertaker and WWE believe that the semi-formal retirement segment at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando came off perfectly. The segment did justice to the mystical nature of the Dead Man. Hence, neither party would like to further tinker with the idea.
The Undertaker retirement from professional wrestling is a sad moment for the WWE universe. However, the Dead Man has had a brilliant career, and much of it has centered around WrestleMania.
The Dead Man has managed to be a force within the WWE for decades. The reason Sunday’s segment took the WWE universe by surprise is because everyone has invested a lot of their time into the character, for many years.
Mark Calaway, who made the character of The Undertaker legendary, retiring at the Grandest Stage of Them All, is a fitting end to a monumental career. His final bout against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33 could have been booked better by the WWE. However, his loss has generated a lot of heat on Reigns, which the creative could utilize in the future.
WWE Superstars react to the retirement
Several WWE Superstars took to Twitter on Sunday to pay tribute to The Dead Man and his achievements.
My Man Taker, the biggest Star in the History of the WWE…Goes out in style like he always does. You make us all look weak in comparison.
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) April 3, 2017
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 3, 2017
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