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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Jeff Hardy Wants To End His Career In a HIAC Match at Wrestlemania Against Taker
“There’s no doubt that Jeff Hardy is extreme; he is very extreme.” – Jim Ross, former WWE commentator on Monday Night Raw
It’s July 1, 2002, and Jeff Nero Hardy, 24, is standing atop a 15-foot steel ladder. The WWE title belt is dangling near his fingertips, just above the trademark torn stockings that cover his arms. His forehead drips with slime-green face paint. He’s 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, bleached blond with the sides shaved, and lithe; unlike most burly professional wrestlers, Hardy looks like a skater. With 3 million people watching at home on TV, and thousands in attendance live, Hardy, mostly known for his tag-team work with brother Matt as the Hardy Boyz, is on the cusp of greatness.
“Climb the ladder, kid! Make yourself famous!” screamed commentator Jim Ross, who was losing his voice in what became one of the most heralded matches of Jeff Hardy’s two-decade-long professional wrestling career. He would end up losing on that night — his opponent, the Undertaker, pulled him down before he could reach the title belt — but became a star in the process, like Rocky going the distance with Apollo.
When I ask Hardy about the WWE, or a possible last run with wrestling’s biggest brand, he stands up and begins to use his hands to paint a picture for me of what he describes as his “home-run match.”
“Man, I want to Swanton [a forward flip that’s Hardy’s finishing move] off the top of the cell, onto the commentary table,” says Hardy, who says he wants to end his career in a match with the Undertaker, at WrestleMania, in a “Hell in the Cell” match. “Then, I want to climb the cell, cut the fucking cage, when ‘Taker’s back in the ring, and Swanton through the cage, miss, and then Tombstone 1-2-3.” Hardy wants to lose to the Undertaker, which is the pro wrestling equivalent to an actor being offered a death scene in a Tarantino movie.
You can read the full interview at the source link below.
Source Link: http://www.laweekly.com/music/pro-wrestling-gets-wild-at-gathering-of-the-juggalos-with-wwe-legend-jeff-hardy-7173084
While I admire Jeff Hardy’s ambitions and admittance to wanting to lose to Taker as everyone besides maybe Sting and Kurt Angle who says they wanna face Taker at WM had the intention of defeating him, what Jeff wants to do essentially is mimic Shane’s leap of faith. Hardy’s not the 24 year old he was in 2002. He shouldn’t be doing anymore stunts, ladder matches and things like that as his body is still paying for all the years that he did it nor should Taker be in anymore HIAC’s. While I understand and accept why he competed in two more HIAC’s matches after WM28, I’m still of the belief that WM28 should have been the last time he competed in that match. I’m all for Taker vs Jeff Hardy though as long as Jeff’s not drugged like he was heading into TNA’s embarassing Victory Road 2011 closing World Title match against Sting that ended in less than 2 minutes. I don’t know if Jeff deserves a one on one match at WM with Taker. Personally I’d rather see a Hardyz vs Dudleyz TLC match there instead. That’s a more fitting way to end all 4 careers. Anyone who saw their feud knows why and for those that don’t, see 2000-2001 on the WWE Network.
- dhanish1979 on July 26th, 2016 says:
wwe should have fired shawm michaels at spot when he forced the camera man to take suicide dive from the undertaker.Secondly the undertaker was unstoppable at that moment.
Last but not yes jeff harys has better dives than the undertaker.i would also credit matt hardy,the matter the undertaker last suicide dive was at the age 45 or 46,not sure but please do correct me here.
I don’t think the undertaker should have any problem to face jeff hardy if he ever returns to wwe.
please check video of the undertaker top ten dangerous suicide dives which i find better than jeff hardy’s
- yousif on July 26th, 2016 says:
Jeff vs taker back in 2002 was classic
Jeff is only 38 . Why is he talking about career ending match?
I didn’t get it . Is he planning to retire next year may be ?
I thought he got more years in him ..
if yes . How is he so sure that taker will still going to be there to wish that!
But i agree . That’s the best end for him . Of course. But when!
And for that ..Jeff will need couple of matches in his last to run in wwe before getting his final one As per his wish
There was no article about Paul Hyman coming up with strange theory of taker loosing to brock at wrestlemania
But I will like to know your comment on that please ..
- Taker's # 1 fan on July 28th, 2016 says:
The item is clomiphene*
- TheLastOutlaw on July 29th, 2016 says:
I’m surprised there isn’t an article up about it yet, but after all that we’ve seen so far is it still possible for The Phenom to wrestle at SummerSlam? Your thoughts? Will it happen? I hope so, but it doesn’t seem we have long enough to build it. If he they were to build a match for him, they would have needed to start at least the first Raw or SD after Battleground. Since that didn’t happen, is it still possible? I read the article about Taker being upset with McMahon and there not being an open line of communication, I don’t believe that one bit as that definitely does not suit Taker’s long known personality at all.
- Anan on July 30th, 2016 says:
Lesnar’s drug failures were not posted here bc it has nothing to do with Taker at all. Paul Heyman’s theory about The Streak ending wasn’t posted bc I opted not to post it. It’s only going to bring in more “The Streak shouldn’t have ended” comments which are dead tired by this point. The Taker-McMahon rumor was not posted bc that pile of BS doesn’t deserve the right of being posted on a Taker site despite the fact that it heavily involves Taker.
Regarding SSlam, it’s always possible he works the show. You’re right. The build won’t be long by this point. His appearances for the build will be a small few as they have been in recent years. Since you feel it’s possible, who do you think WWE will book him against bc as far as I can see, the potential opponents for him and in WWE’s mind, that list is probably small, are currently scheduled or seemingly will be scheduled for other things.
The current card is Ambrose vs Ziggler, Balor vs Rollins, Lesnar vs Orton. IMO, any one of those would have a good to great match with Taker, even Lesnar who I remain strongly adamant in not wanting to see that one again. Cena’s probably gonna face AJ Styles so I suspect that means WWE’s savingTaker vs Cena for WM33. Out of the entire roster, I feel in WWE’s mind Cena’s the only true challenge Taker’s got. True he has yet to defeat Lesnar on PPV. But I doubt WWE will revisit that again at this point. Seems as if Taker’s next and possibly last challenge is John Cena as things currently stand. I’d say Roman Reigns. But after his violation, which yes i get that he made a mistake and apologized via Twitter owning up to it and serving his suspension and all that, but they already rewarded his violation by having him defend the WWE Title at MITB and still be in the Battleground 3-Way. Had it been anyone else on the roster, they’d have been released or be demoted, but they made an exception for Reigns and Lesnar. A WWE spokesperson stated Lesnar’s not penalized bc he’s a part-timer. How does that explain Roman Reigns who before and after his suspension was still pushed despite his violation? The real reason Reigns and more so Lesnar’s not penalized is bc they’re big names that sell tickets which makes WWE money and like any business, money’s what WWE really cares for.
- eric on July 30th, 2016 says:
TAKER VS JERICHO
MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!
- TheLastOutlaw on July 30th, 2016 says:
@Anan Thanks for the response and I couldn’t agree with you more. I can see him against Cena or Jericho. You’re right, though as it seems it’s going to be Cena and AJ Styles at Summerslam. I’d also like Taker to face Jericho at SummerSlam, not sure if that would happen. To be honest, either way I’d wouldn’t mind too much who his opponent was. I just cherish each match because who knows what match will be his last, you know? All I know is, if a Taker match isn’t even teased at the next Raw or SD then that’ll pretty much confirm that he won’t be at Summerslam. I guess all we can do now is wait and see? If Taker does get to face Jericho, I can see some really good promos to come.
- Anan on July 31st, 2016 says:
Oh man I want it too. The thing about it is both are part-timers. Jericho’s wrestling focus is elevating the future which Taker is not. Taker on the other hand seems like after all his years of wrestling, while he still does it out of loyalty and fun, seems to be more focused on outside ventures as he keeps busy while only making the rarest wrestling appearances in WWE except maybe for HHH.
That’s a great point about cherishing each match as no one knows when it’ll be his last. We all tend to get caught up in wanting certain opponents. I don’t think Braun Strowman would be Taker’s last match. Not that I know that cause I don’t. I think at this point WW and Taker are probably playing it safe and using the remaining matches which probably are not many for big important events. I guess WWE might feel they wanna focus their biggest summer event on the draft and new era. That’s pretty clear as they have Balor who just debuted on RAW against Seth Rollins in a Title match. Plus Orton and the top draw Brock Lesnar one on one. Both are officially booked. So maybe WWE feels in their mind they may not need Taker. In 2015, not only was Summerslam designed to be the lead in to HIAC, but Finn Balor was still in NXT while AJ & The Club, 3 men fans wanted to see for years in WWE were in Japan or wherever they were. So made sense to have Taker there last year. This year, while it’d be great to have him and he will sell tickets, I think WWE feels they have enough to sell tickets that they can save Taker for a later time. I may not like it. But business wise it is smart bc who’s to say there won’t be another flux of injuries for WM33? Hopefully not. But the fact that it is a possibility, smart to save the Taker ticket seller for times such as that.
- TheLastOutlaw on August 3rd, 2016 says:
Well, after watching both Raw and Smackdown, I am left with a clear thought that Taker will not be participating at Summerslam. That’s fine, I understand that Summerslam is about the new Era. Sure, he could possibly show up at Survivor Series, but who knows. At least I know one thing is for sure, The Man Comes Around……At WrestleMania.
- Anan on August 5th, 2016 says:
While I agree with you as a fan, here’s the thing:
WWE have fresh talent right now and knowing their talent scouting policy and the brand extension which allows room for more talent, it just means WWE’s gonna be having fresh faces consistently. They are the future of WWE and the future of wrestling. Taker’s not the future. He’s not even a part-timer. He’s more of a rare sporadic appearances here and there attraction. The last WM he closed out was WM26. Looking back at WM27, WM28, WM29, WM30, WM31 and WM32, Taker should have closed out WM27, WM28’s debatable as Punk/Jericho would have been a great closer as well. Taker should have closed out WM32 also. Considering the high stake stipulations, plus the fact that it was HIAC, it just would have made sense. Cena’s been working lighter lately and the last time he closed out WM was WM27-WM29, 3 WM’s in a row he closed out. Unless WM33’s Taker’s last match, I think WWE should have their investment close out WM33 whoever that investment is by the time we get to that event. Could be AJ Styles, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Ambrose, and there’s many other candidates as I write thins that could close WM effectively and end it on a positive performance note.
I suspect Taker would want a match consisting of one or more fresh faces to close out WM because in all honesty, if Taker wanted to close out any WM, he has the power & influence to make it happen. Yet he hasn’t. He could have powered his way into closing WM32. He didn’t.
Personally I can’t see Orlando, FL as being the site of Taker’s last match. To me, the last match should consist, not only of the right opponent, but the right location and aside from winning the WHC the night he closed out WM24, not really sure of any significance Orlando has to Taker’s career. IMO, Texas would be most fitting as that’s where his pro wrestling career began. Hartford, CT is where is WWE debut happened so that would be fitting as would Detroit, Michigan because Detroit is where Taker defeated Hogan for his first World Title win in 1991 at Survivor Series and many years later in 2007, Detroit was the site of WM23 where Taker defeated Batista for his fifth World Title.
It really is or should be left up to Taker though.
The other thing is many fans believe the main event is the match that closes the show. That isn’t necessarily true, at least not always.
- yousif on August 8th, 2016 says:
Yes I agree . Any match can be main event and it’s not like the main event should be the closing match anymore.. before we were used to see the most important match as the last match mostly the title match . But now things are not the same ..
So will not call it main event . Lets say there some conditions in which cena taker can be the closing match . Like cena turning heel for real this time .. or as you said if it’s takers last match and I agree that it’s not the right place for it ..
But I think cena vs taker should have some extra stipulation or surprises in or after the match as I don’t think they can deliver a classic like Shawn taker . But the expectation will be too high because of two mega names the history of the business.