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WWE Legend 'The Undertaker' Bids Farewell to Fans as He Retires after a 3-Decade-long Career

Joe Akins
Nov 24, 2020
07:48 A.M.

Even the most remote fans of WWE would be familiar with the menacing character that is The Undertaker. However, after three decades of thrilling fans worldwide, the character is now calling it quits.

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Earlier this week, the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced on Twitter that The Undertaker had called time on his career.

The announcement featured a statement from the character himself at the show's recent Survivor Series. In it, The Undertaker, whose real name is Mark Calaway, stood in the ring and claimed he would be retiring.

The Undertaker at Wrestlemani 25 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on April 5, 2009. | Photo: Ed Schipul from Houston, TX,CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commmons

The Undertaker at Wrestlemani 25 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on April 5, 2009. | Photo: Ed Schipul from Houston, TX,CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commmons

Dressed in his iconic all-black attire and penguin hat, Calaway stood in the middle of the ring. He was surrounded by his characteristic smoke, giving the same menacing aura he always exuded.

Amid the screams of fans and hysteria everywhere, Calaway announced that this would be the last time he stepped in the ring. Simply, he said:

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"My time has come to let The Undertaker rest in peace."

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The "Rest in peace" line resonates with the character as it has been his catchphrase throughout his career. It definitely did so with fans as well.

The announcement was immediately met with screams, with most fans appreciating The Undertaker for all the years of entertainment he brought them.

The Undertaker's most stunning feat was holding an unbeaten streak through 21 years of Wrestlemania.

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Beyond just The Undertaker's words, the occasion was also pretty sentimental. It featured a hologram of Paul Bearer, who was essentially The Undertaker's mentor in his early days.

Bearer, whose real name is Bill Moody, died in 2013. Before his death, he was iconic for always accompanying The Undertaker to the ring, holding an urn.

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Through a 30-year career, The Undertaker became one of WWE's most exciting exports. He marked several accomplishments throughout the career and has a lot to be proud of.

The Undertaker's most stunning feat was holding an unbeaten streak through 21 years of Wrestlemania. Sadly, he lost his first match at the event to Brock Lesnar in 2015.

Despite the incredible career he had, it is evident that The Undertaker would have to leave. He has felt the sting of old age. In a sport like WWE, this can be pretty rough.

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Speaking with PEOPLE, Michelle McCool, Calaway's wife, explained that she always found it challenging to see him deal with multiple injuries. McCool, who also fought in the WWE, explained that the wrestlers put their bodies through a lot. With Calaway now 55 years old, it was even worse.

Now that he is leaving the WWE, Calaway seems open to what the future may bring. He told PEOPLE that he was learning to be in the moment with his family, so he looks poised to spend more time with them.

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