The Undertaker is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE. He is the company's most tenured performer, and he's also the only remaining active competitor from the very first episode of WWE Raw in 1993. Calaway began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984. In 1990, Calaway signed with the World Wrestling Federation and The Undertaker was born. The rest, as they say, was history!
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Undertaker Says He Wrestled His Last Match
Meltzer noted that Taker was telling people backstage that his match with Shane McMahon was his last, although it was noted that he’s said that in the past. As noted, Taker is advertised to wrestle on the upcoming WWE European tour.
I’d take anything Meltzer says as a rumor. As far as Taker retiring, I’ll believe it only when I see it/it’s officially confirmed. Internet reports of any kind are just the opposite.
- Mark Petrick on April 5th, 2016 says:
Until Undertaker says he is retiring, I take it as a rumor. Like I said a long time ago, people always like to spread rumors. Until you get the confirmation from the Undertaker himself, it is definitely not true.
- Mike B. on April 5th, 2016 says:
I will look at it like this. It’s not our place to speculate how or when ‘Taker will retire. Whenever that day comes, he will do it on his terms. He has earned that right to retire the way he wants to. Let’s all just sit back and enjoy that he has had an amazing career, is a sure fire hall of famer and he has earned the admiration of everyone of the members of the WWF/E locker room and the fans over the last 25 plus years.
- dhanish1979 on April 5th, 2016 says:
(extended notes from meltzer) In a followup to a previous headline about last night being Undertaker’s final WrestleMania match, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that the Phenom was telling people backstage that the match was the final one in his career. This despite the fact that he’s booked on the upcoming European tour and the fact that it seems after every WrestleMania, Undertaker says it’s his last match but always comes back the following year.
- silversoul on April 5th, 2016 says:
meh. True or not.
- karentaker on April 5th, 2016 says:
Man, Dave Meltzer is like the wrestling equivalent to a newspaper we have here. It’s called Daily Mail. They always talk crap and over-exaggerate what they are told. I’d take this latest rumour with a huge pinch of salt. We haven’t yet heard anything from Taker himself. Untill we do, I wouldn’t worry.
- Anan on April 5th, 2016 says:
Well wrestlers have been forced to retire due to injury or some other issues which does not allow them to retire on their terms even if they do deserve it. Look at Daniel Bryan. He’s still young, had some great years in wrestling left. He didn’t deserve to retire so early, but was forced to. Sting, I believe he’d have at least one more match at some point had the doctors not tell him no more which eventually had him call it a career during his HOF speech.
Hope Taker stays healthy enough to retire on his terms as he has been deserving of for many years now. But it’s not an impossibility for him to be forced into it. And HIAC matches are not doing him any favors either. I seriously hope WM32 was his last one. He’s not getting any younger after all.
Does that mean anything? WWE promotes in advance. But often times, things change. That is why the cards WWE releases stakes “card subject to change.” Cena was advertised in advance for many live events, but then injuries forced him off the shows and he had to be replaced and for fans who didn’t like it were able to get their ticket money refunded.
Taker’s usually promoted for WM and other events as WWE heavily relies on him to draw ticket sales.
You’re right about Meltzer 100%. But I do not believe we will ever hear Taker say he’s done, retired. Taker, for his on screen character and also because of how the man behind the character is,will quietly ride off into the darkness. HBK and Edge had retirement speeches. Sting announced his retirement during the HOF. Jericho stated he wanted to ride off into the sunset to retire, not have one last retirement match. Austin retired after his WM19 match with Rock without saying a word and I believe Taker and also Kane will do the same.
- Shehzad on April 5th, 2016 says:
@Anan: Taker should not quietly ride off from the scene in my opinion, WWE can earn huge money by promoting Taker’s last match, and I don’t think Vince would miss on that, Also The Undertaker is in really good shape I think WWE can create huge pop for the final match of the deadman!
- Christian on April 5th, 2016 says:
As big of a Takerfan as I am, I don´t wanna see him wrestle as long as Ric Flair.
Takers Legacy is worth much more. Taker wasn´t in good shape this time, a big belly, a more soft than muscular body, missed to much signature moves to steal the show this night.
Fact is this match will be remembered for Shane´s “Superfly Snuka” jump and Taker being involved.
I hope they give him a good sentence into retirement and that he´s able to go out with a good match at WM33,
Taker should never be the one that get carried through a match, he´s the phenom.
If he has this last Mania match next year, I would expect a Hall of fame induction for 2018, because that´s good business, making big money or better said marketing value with Taker in 2017 and 2018.
I thing taking off the gloves was indeed a symbol, but for the start of Takers retirement-angle…
- yousif on April 5th, 2016 says:
Card is always subject to to change due to injuries and thing not in control.
Retirement must be planned.. right?
If he is really retiring then . My question is:
the retirement was planned or it was a sudden decision after the match.?
Who is eligible to make that decision?
Taker himself? His contract allowed him to retire when he wants?
Or it is WWE decision?
I am confused with these things actually .. if you can help me and clarify. .
- Keyier on April 5th, 2016 says:
Don’t believe anything that Dave Meltzer says, it’s pure garbage! Besides, he as spread a lot of rumors about Taker the last couple of years. I believe sincerely that this was not The Undertaker’s last match.
- Dead Angel on April 6th, 2016 says:
I have to say this comment is the last comment I’m gonna write……………………
Until the next time Taker appears.
Meltzer must be rehashing his articles from 2011 again.
- BamBam on April 6th, 2016 says:
I dont think taker needed any more retirement matches or even any matches. He can be considered as retired in 2010. When was last time he wrestled full time? Since 2011 Wm he is on a part time schedule and one off matches.In 2012 he had a cell match with hhh in hiac end of an era match. 2013 he said goodbye to paul bearer in symbolic gesture (also retirement). 2014 he did the biggest put over job in history ending the streak. 2014-2015 the torch has been passed completely to lesnar. Well you want to lose on your way out in your last matches in old school way? He dit it 2014 and 2015 in yet another hiac.
Btw the match with lesner in hiac last year was billed the last encounter between the two hinting retirement. In 2012 too they had group hug with hbk,hhh as a way of saying ‘sayonara’/goodbye. This past wm undertaker threw his gloves..did he ever did that before.
Plus hes 51 years old,his belly sticking out lol, has faced almost everybody in business ,nothing to do. A match in wm 33 will be needless just for the sake of a match. Yes maybe the fans wants anothermatch then another and another but how much more can you ask this dude, hes not getting younger and had wrestled since 1984.Do note that hes a large guy and larger size than normal human can be more prone to injuries.Beside hes saying he had his last match for how many years now.And we thought the streak will never end and same goes to the career…
- steveo on April 6th, 2016 says:
I purchased a ticket for Smackdown 19th April at the o2 in London just because Taker is scheduled to compete. I have read that he will be teaming with Big Show to face the Wyatt family. I imagine that will be a dark match if he isn’t back on TV within the next 2 weeks.
Taker himself said on RAW before Shane put him through the table ‘ THIS WRESTLEMANIA WILL NOT BE MY LAST ‘
It’s just the usual from the internet and WWE, each year we have to wait 10 months or so just to see if Taker is coming back, last year was a treat for Taker fans as we saw him quite regularly during the later part of 2015.
I’ll let you know how Taker did at Smackdown once i get back from the event!
- Anan on April 6th, 2016 says:
Aside from Meltzer rehashing or tweaking rumors that he craps out every year, I don’t believe him because if WM was Taker’s last match, then he would have lost as stipulation wise, it’d make sense because the stipulation was if he lost, it’d be his last WM. Looking at it from that perspective, it’d make sense for Taker to even request losing and indeed losing the match. He did not. And on RAW prior to WM, he stated it wouldn’t be his last WM. So I think he’s wrestling for at least 1-2 more WM’s.
Understood. I was just talking from a more realistic approach. Fans a lot of times, myself included tend to look at wrestlers as larger than life figures and add to that, Taker’s character and fans look at him as even larger. In doing so, it clouds the reality that he is human and he’s been in a business for many years that is hard on the body. Selfishly I don’t want him to retire bc I’m not ready yet to let him go. Realistically, the day gets closer and closer everyday. It’ll come and happen and go whether I’m ready or not.
I agree. But does Taker want a retirement match. If not, will WWE give him one or not? Speaking for myself here, I’d respect his wishes and not give him one of he didn’t want it. As deserving as he is to having one, he’s also equally deserving to do or not do what he wants as he pleases.
I disagree. Being a part-timer doesn’t mean you’re retired as he is still active, just not on a full-time schedule. Retirement/being retired or “considered retired” means no longer active. No matter how fans, smarks, etc view him, the fact of reality is he’s a part-timer and will remain that way until he retires. Simple as that.
- Anan on April 6th, 2016 says:
Gee I didn’t know I was obligated to answer you.
The fans such as myself believe Taker has the right to decide what he does, when he does it, how he does it. Speaking for myself here as I can’t speak for the other fans….Taker has the right to decide his career – who he competes with, what shows he competes at, when he retires….but the fact is Vince has the final stamp of approval. Knowing the value Taker is to WWE, I feel Vince will let Taker compete for as long as Taker’s body will allow it. I believe WWE will leave the decision of retirement up to Taker. When Taker makes that decision and when and where his final match is, I have no idea. For the last few years now, I have believed Taker has just been taking it one match at a time.
I do not now Taker’s contract status. But if I did, why would tell you? Quite honestly, it’s not our business as fans to know that.
- Mike b on April 7th, 2016 says:
Funny u guys arguing about he’s retirement, simple whenever he decides, thou past few years end of area and streak gone and I didn’t watch last match but guthe s saying taker thru he’s glove down. Pretty much sorta say been the end. I guess u can say these matches he does just an uncore lol.
- BamBam on April 7th, 2016 says:
The selfish in me want taker to come back regularly : beating the whole dang roster including lisner,cena,sting etc another wwe title reign starting another wm streak then rub it in whole fans faces.Have heyman betray lisner and make him hype the deadman week in and out. As per the stipulation taker controls raw or even joining the wyatt family as a defacto leader on a rampage on the roster. Every smackdown every week he destroys the guys that are having tag matches just for the hell out it > return to ministry then sacrifice somebody hehehe..Selfish
A fan can dream lol
- Reddevil69 on April 7th, 2016 says:
I would think that his final match will be promoted at the top of the card, I’d think Vince would want to maximize that as well as honor Taker with a main event finale. I get a chuckle out of people who post things about it not being our place to speculate…it’s anyones place to speculate…it’s what makes this fun, we all have a right to an opinion and individually can have a thought on what may or may happen……this stuff about him going out on his terms is backround noise, every die hard fan wants him to come back for one more match every year, and we all want him to go out in style…obviously he will go out on his terms, that’s a given, who else’s terms would he retire on? Who knows what’s next…. Sting announcing his retirement and Taker claiming he’s had his last match, who wouldn’t mark out if the two ended up at next Wrestlemania together? I’ll
- Anan on April 8th, 2016 says:
Flair wrestled well into his 60’s. That guy never seems to stay retired. Just when you think he has, he comes back. IMO, he tarnished his own legacy when he competed after his epic retirement ceremony. What makes it worse is he competed in TNA which at this point is seemingly beyond saving. Sting had some great times there, no doubt about that to me. But considering where TNA is now and the fact that WWE never acknowledges them, it’s almost, not entirely IMO, wasted years for Sting. He was so loyal to them and look where they are now. Taker will not be that guy. He has far too much respect and professionalism to overstay , betray his body, and come out of retirement after he retired. He may do the occasional here and there Chokeslam or whatever during special shows, at live non-televised house shows or televised shows, after his ring days are over. Aside from that though, once he is done, he is done. He will not wrestle well into his 60’s. He hardly even wrestles now, even in 2015 even though he wrestled more than one match that year. Why would he go well into his 60’s when he hardly competes now, especially considering he will probably be as any wrestler/sports athlete probably would be completely past their prime?
If HBK’s match can close WM, certainly Taker’s deserves that too regardless of the opponent, which hopefully will be a worthy one and even if it is a non title bout. But by “promoted at the top of the card” I assume you mean will be promoted first and more importantly most.
WWE are known to go back on their word, recycle things, and bring back things that have long been thought dead forever. I don’t want to start bringing this fantasy back. But considering what I just said, it is possible Taker will get a clan PPV win over Lesnar before he hangs em up. However, I cannot see it being:
1. Before Lesnar passes the torch and becomes beatable.
2. And if Taker does get that win over him, I cannot see it being in his last match, but before because like Austin, HBK, Sting, accomplished veterans from Taker’s era, Taker, I believe will want to go out on his back and if the opponent is Cena, WWE may have Taker do just that. The downside is Taker will lose what may be his 2nd WM match to someone who really doesn’t need the win, Cena, who’s had a gazillion wins and after over 10 yrs, the wear and tear is showing and the injuries are getting more frequent.