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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Reigns Defeats Taker At WM 33
As you just saw, Roman Reigns defeated The Undertaker at WM 33. We’ll have more on this which we’ll also ask our visitors, what is next for Taker? Has he retired? Does 2018 hold the Hall Of Fame Induction for the Deadman? Let us know your thoughts on the show and how things played out tonight in the comments section.
- J on April 3rd, 2017 says:
I kinda felt it was his time to retire, w/ his hip issues and others as well, age, what his body has been put through, ect, im pretty sure hes done, leaving his gear pretty much signals his retirement. Thank You Taker!!! 27 years in WWE, i still remember the beginning.
- Rafał Szczuko on April 3rd, 2017 says:
Well it was really sad moment…. I hope thet Taker will be inducted in to the hall of fame 2018.
21-0 Forever Taker you are still the greatest wrestler of all time. LEGEND OF LEGENDS.
I watched first match of THE UNDERTAKER in 1998 thank you for beautiful 19 years.
- Thy Serpent on April 3rd, 2017 says:
I think he has retired. The indications being 1) It was his 25th appearance. 2) It was the main event. 3) JR was invited to do commentary. 4) He kissed his wife showing his emotional side after the match. She was probably there as it was his last match (yeah, I know she may have been there for his earlier matches too). 5) The way he removed his gloves . He was about to leave and then came back, took off his gloves, then his coat and hat and left it in the ring before walking out and the lights went out before the show ended. If that isn’t a sign that he’s had his last match, I don’t know what is.
- dhanish1979 on April 3rd, 2017 says:
I am still shock expecting for wm 34 but now that’s all over,when he kissed his wife and put down his hat,gloves and coat,its understood now,any ways we have all enjoyed taker’s legacy,
whats really hurts me the way wwe booked this match by letting roman win,i am sure by now many wwe subscribers may have cancelled their subscription and vince could have won 7 million bet,whom to blame,
After all this i am surprised wwe has not made official statement on taker retirement.well thats going to be on raw for sure or else again we will to debate is taker OFFICIALLY retired or not
To Anan,yousif,mike and rest thank you all….good bye
- WM33Taker on April 3rd, 2017 says:
When I realized it was the main event, that was a huge indicator. But the MINUTE JR’s music hit (and hell froze over), I knew it was Taker’s last match. Vince exposing his precious Universe to Good Ol JR’s ‘Southern drawl’? Because what….he suddenly realized Cole is horseshit? Nope, could only have been because Taker wanted his last match to be called by the greatest ever. The match itself was no WM23 surprise (vis a vis Batista). Reigns did not rise to the occasion and couldn’t carry the match well enough to conceal (at least partially) Taker’s ailments. I cringed soooo hard when that reverse tombstone failed after 2 attempts. You could see Taker’s hip problems and fatigue from a mile away. I luv him to the ends of the Earth but I felt it was time that WWE break a younger back and that Taker finally get his surgery and enjoy his retirement. The man is the greatest of all time. If Michael Cole and loud mouth JBL would have only shut up and stuck to color commentary, JR would have been able to prop up the match a bit more. Oh well. My only disappointment is that Taker didn’t go out in a more supernatural way. I was expecting the druids to retrieve him from the ring while he lay there. Then when he stood up and took the gear off, I was expecting him to ascend to the heavens and fly off to Death Valley. Well, this is officially it for me. No Shawn, No Undertaker? Sorry WWE, it was a helluva 30 years, but I will ride off into the sunset with Taker.
- jo3max on April 3rd, 2017 says:
I used to be a regular poster around ten years or so ago when Dan was in charge. Luke, BoogerRedGirl were just some of the many great posters I remember. The Taker is done guys. Dan if you read this I want to say thank you for starting this great community I loved. The Undertaker is no more but his legend will never die. He outlasted them all. Im so proud to be a fan. Thank u taker
- Thomas on April 3rd, 2017 says:
I don’t know what to say. For many years now Taker was (and always will be) the greatest of all time and the top guy I’m looking up to. For all these years he gave many great moments, phenomenal fights and so much inspiration on many different levels. He was and always be that inspiration for me. It’s just sad be ause I always thought we will never see that retirement moment and he will just slowly continue to step away from performing. I guess he always was that good so we can’t get enough of him. But he earned respect and every other good things in life more than any other superstar or I should say – legend. We will never forget him as he’s the greatest of all time. Thank you.
- Etienne on April 3rd, 2017 says:
Going into this I just knew this was it…. it was actually hard watching the match knowing it. I have watched Taker his whole career, even before the Taker gimmick. Even back then I knew he was going to be big in the wrestling world… but hes become way more than just another legend…He meant so much to all of us fans..
For me it was like seeing a part of my youth fade away into the sunset. And I will admit I teared up a bit at the end. Lol… but in a way I started to feel happy for him… he’s given us so much, and I’m glad that he won’t be putting his body thru anymore pain…. like jr said his heart is still strong in this but his body is giving up. I’m sure if his body wasn’t failing him that he would still go on for way more years than we could imagine.
Anyways I do think her will still be involved in the business and I’m sure he will still make a huge impact no matter what he does.
Thank you taker for dedication, thank you for taker for the memories, thank you taker for being such a inspiration, and thank you Mr. Calloway for giving us this legendary persona. We will never forget.
- Alejandro Ortiz on April 3rd, 2017 says:
I´ts been a couple of years now that every year everyone speculates that he WAS going to retire, today watching him main event WrestleMania, watching J.R. come out to announce the match, something just felt a miss… Then the 1-2-3, watching him don the gear after the match, felt really odd… my mouth agape, a tear started rolling down my cheeks, grasping what I was witnessing… The gloves, the coat and then the hat in the middle of the ring, accepting I was witnessing the end, the moment I always knew was coming just not ready for it… Thanks Undertaker for 25+ years of making moments for some of us… Thanks for putting your body and soul in the ring for the fans…
- Aya on April 3rd, 2017 says:
This is just as bad when that meathead beat him years ago….
WWE sucks now. Not going to waste my money buying it when it comes on on DVD….
Fuck you WWE, FUCK YOU!!’
- GrimReaper05 on April 3rd, 2017 says:
#ThankYouTaker for everything you done for wrestling and for me personally, you are such an inspiration and there will never be another one like you, you are without a doubt THE GREATEST WRESTLER OF ALL TIME! Since the first time I saw you back when I was 4yrs old and you were wrestling Bret Hart at Royal Rumble 1996, thank you for all the amazing memories and giving your body to entertain us.
- Chris on April 3rd, 2017 says:
Thank you ‘Taker. You’ve given me joy and pain for 26 years since I was 7. Thank you for everything.
I was crying my eyes out… If he is retired. Good luck! You deserve it… big time. Heal up and live your life.
Thanks to the guys here for a good ‘Taker resource. Long may it continue
- Renzo The DeadGamer on April 3rd, 2017 says:
First off I wanna say Thank you ‘Taker. I’ve grown up with The Undertaker and I am very proud to call myself an Undertaker fan for many years now. Secondly, I wanna thank this website and everyone involved because as far as I’m concerned this is the only website that has maintaned somewhat of an updated forum of what’s going on with The Undertaker so kudos to everyone who has been involved in this for years and years.
Thirdly, I wanna share something regards WWE in general and I know this is off topic but I’m sure some of you feel the same. I stopped watching the product completely a week before Summerslam last Summer. I was bored to death with the product, found it a chore to sit through hours of RAW, Smackdown and NXT every week + the PPVS and the Specials. And for the last couple of years I’ve been watching out of habit more so than out of genuine interest and pleasure in the product so I stopped watching completely. However, I kept in touch with what’s going on mainly to watch ‘Taker. And I gotta say, I’m very disappointed with how this Legend had to end.
I understand that Mark Calaway most likely didn’t want the match to be billed as Taker’s Last Match or anything of that nature but Roman Reigns wasn’t the right guy. In fact, Roman Reigns shouldn’t even be in the position he’s in, period. And I’m not saying this to take it out on Roman cause we’re all sad that Taker’s now retired, but Roman Reigns is not the guy, he will never be the guy, yet WWE wants to keep pushing him as this Superman Babyface that defies all odds when people hate him for the wrong reasons. I had no problem with Taker losing the match but it should have been someone else, a John Cena or a Bray Wyatt for example. I considered the streak ending in 2014 a slap in the face to the Undertaker’s Legacy and this just destroyed what could have been a monumental retirement match on par with HBK. Keep this in mind folks, HBK was retired by Taker and Taker has now been retired by Roman Reigns. Can someone tell me how that makes any sense whatsoever from both a storyline and real life standpoint ?
If it was up to me, I would have had Bray Wyatt do the deed. He’s a great character, underrated in the ring but very good nonetheless and everyone respects him. It could have been done frrom one supernatural character to another, kind of a passing of the torch moment and we could have witnessed the same bittersweet moment we got with Taker last night. I don’t wanna rant, I think most of us shed tears when we saw him leave but deep down I’m angry that the guy that retired my hero is someone that didn’t even deserve it and quite frankly, someone I can’t like because of WWE’s illogical booking. And for that reasons, whatever this company has in store..I’m out. It’s been fun and it’s been fun being a fan. Take care everybody , thanks for Phenomforever and Thank you Taker once again.
- Christian on April 3rd, 2017 says:
Thank You Taker!
My Idol and the Greatest of All Time!
His body is done with Main Event Wrestling, so he stopped at the right point.
As WWE Fan I´m done too, except for Taker appearances of course 🙂
Saves 9.99/month x)
Making him lose to Lesnar was as far the biggest mistake in WWE history and took a lot away from this last match…
But now as I´m retired as wwe fan, I will take a look back at all my favourite Taker moments and enjoy again 🙂
Thank You Phenom!
- Rory Mullen on April 3rd, 2017 says:
How about this for a thought undertaker fans, I would like to see the undertaker take over as the raw general manager does anybody agree with me. I am also sad that this might be the last match we see with the undertaker I have been a fan of his right from his debut in 1991 and it was disgusting that vince decide to end the streak with Lesnar.
- Rajiv Chopra on April 3rd, 2017 says:
The only thing I will do, is to buy a DVD of his matches.
And, that is it. No more WWE from now on
- Etienne on April 4th, 2017 says:
I get that they are leaving hints that this might nigh be his last ride, but truth is Roy Takers about to go thru a full hip replacement, not just hip surgery which he has had in the past…. he’s needed this replacement for a long time now but he’s been putting it off because he wanted to officially retire before doing it….
My dad had a hip replacement done and when they do this it does repair the hip but it’s only a supplement for the body to not feel pain anymore and feel more normal again, but it will not help taker to do what he use to do…In fact it’s the opposite. He will not be able to do any overly active activities because of the possibility of dislocating the replacement… so u see while taker will be fixed up, he won’t be able to wrestle again due to this.
Now this doesn’t put out the possibility of him coming out and giving the occasional choke slam or last ride, but as far as any move involving his hip, leg, or knee (tombstones out) he can’t risk it.
It’s sad to say but IMO I think this really was it.
- Luke Miller on April 4th, 2017 says:
I do believe we have seen Undertaker for the final time in a full length match. However, I do not believe we have seen the absolute last of him. There are a lot of implications based on how WWE has handled previous big time performers before their final match and retirement from the company. Eventually, a pattern began to develop (i.e. Ric Flair HOF induction, then lost to Shawn Michaels the following night, under a retirement stipulation from Mr. McMahon). A few years later, we see the same thing happen with Shawn Michaels (inducted into the HOF, faces The Undertaker the next night, loses, gives his farewell speech the following night w/ the entire show dedicated to his career).
I was waiting to make any comments until after watching the following night’s episode of RAW. I had fully expected Undertaker to come out, or a segment honoring his 25+ career with the company, with the entire show dedicated to him, giving him a proper send off (likeness to Ric Flair, and Shawn Michaels). Obviously, that did not happen. Now, looking to the future. IF it is indeed the end of his career, I fully expect that they will give him a proper send off, and that send off will come by the end of the month. Given the implications of what happened at WM 33 with the social media reaction, I will be VERY surprised if he isn’t inducted into the HOF Class of 2018. I could actually see him a two time HOF inductee w/ Kane as the Brothers of Destruction.
Finally, look at WM 24 next year. Undertaker gave a one line remark to advertise for the event next year in New Orleans, LA. I think it’s very likely we will see him then. And reviewing past interviews regarding his character’s demise, I think that the WWE is going to make this a very long, slow, painful process for all involved. The Undertaker is a character you don’t just take behind the woodshed so to speak, and end it quick. WWE Executives know he is the biggest ratings draw they have right now, and the biggest financial puller. While his in-ring action may very well be over, I don’t see it as a smart business venture to completely eliminate him from the picture entirely.
To sum it up, I believe that if this was truly the end of the Undertaker, there would have been a lot of things come together preceding WM 33, and last night’s RAW (none of which occurred). It will be interesting to see what happens.
- Piyush on April 4th, 2017 says:
I believe that this is not The Undertaker’s last match. The way Undertaker performed, he looked very good physically. His feet movement was also good (which i thought was very limited in his last few matches). Even though Taker left his attire in the ring but before exiting he did show his fist and his powerful stance. And that for me is an indication enough that The Undertaker has one more match left in him and that will be against someone with a long history in WWE. That will ultimately be his Swan Song. BTW, Thank you Taker for putting up such a good match. You didnt look weak even for a single moment in this match. Was glad to see you like this. 🙂
- Anan on April 4th, 2017 says:
I’m not entirely convinced he’s done.
1. If age and/or injury would have been factors in his decision to retire, he would have been retired before we got to 2017. His injuries have been more than well documented over the years but he’s kept on.
2. Attire being left in the ring…well his glove(s) were left in the ring at WM32 and the world just like they’re doing now jumped to conclusions saying that signaled retirement. Yet it did not.
3. #ThankyouTaker…as it is now, was trending after his WM30 loss when many thought The Streak being broken meant he retired. It didn’t.
4. Tweets & comments from various wrestling individuals….this could be and I’m going to guess that it is a work as many things in pro wrestling are. And we haven’t gotten any comment from Charles Wright, JBL, Big Show, HBK, SCSA, Kane, Vince, and some others, all who in some way, shape or form have some type of history and/or connection with Taker either in the ring, out of the ring or both.
5. Don’t forget these retirement rumors are a yearly thing and everyone who creates/supports it comes up with their own reasons and posts it all over the net.
6. Some matches have been teased and some have been fan dream matches. I’m assuming at least 1-2 have the best chance of happening.
– Jericho always comes back and when he’s working with WWE, he’s there every night till his part time dates are fulfilled so if Taker’s not done, this one can happen.
– Rock & Kurt Angle. This is me not ruling Rock out. With Angle back, chances of another match with Taker not high, but are there.
– Sting, he wants it as do I and many. But unfortunately don’t see it bc WWE likely won’t clear him.
– Strowman simply based on not only was it originally set for WM32, but also based on recent events on RAW leading up to WM32.
– Finn Balor is based on look the closest we’ll get to Taker vs Sting. He’s a good talent who could benefit from the Taker rub.
– AJ Styles was asked about this match in an interview and stated “if the fans want it (which they do) I say we give it to them.” I agree!
– John Cena doesn’t require much or any explanation. Was set for WM32 before Cena’s injury. Results should’ve been this year. I don’t buy into reports but reportedly Taker wanted Cena this year at WM. It was teased more than once on SD & in an interview Cena stated he wants the match.
I do think the attire being left in the ring may symbolize something, perhaps more than one thing though:
1. WM33 was his last WM.
2. WM33 isn’t the last time we see him, but the last night he’ll appear in the hat & coat. This could mean an upgrade to the hybrid persona, his next match will be in a full past attire and he’s had a ton of them to choose from.
Agree or disagree, what’s written above, you can believe it coming from someone who thought it out when I say it’s insightful and includes points no one’s really brought up much or at all.
Anyone wanna share their thoughts on my points! If so, kindly state why you agree or disagree with them. I don’t care. It’s all good.
- Grim Reaper 05 on April 4th, 2017 says:
I agree with you Renzo! I don’t think Roman deserved Taker’s last match, I don’t hate the guy, but like what you said HBK was retired by Taker.. Ric Flair got HBK for his retirement match, is it really too much to ask for Taker (probably The Greatest of all time) to have an awesome book end for his storied career?
- Etienne on April 5th, 2017 says:
@Anan: Hey it’s been awhile lol… however a Anan, I can’t say for sure if this is completely the end but I’m leaning towards this being definitely his last full fledged match… look up to the comment I made for Roy Akron, and you’ll see my thoughts on this.
- Anan on April 6th, 2017 says:
@ Grim Reaper 05: Great points & good question.
@Etienne: Been awhile for sure. Read your thoughts. Fact is there hasn’t been an official or formal announcement on this so till there is, we are left to guess, speculate, give opinions.
- Ace on April 9th, 2017 says:
I think his last few years have been handled wrong.
I would have liked to see him pass his powers to Bray Wyatt. Bray lost to Taker but is still called the new face of fear. After Brock beat by Taker, Bray could have requested his training and seek revenge on Taker’s behalf. I think Taker knew his health was failing and instead of losing his presence he should have passed them on. Bray beats Brock at Wrestlemania with Taker’s help removing Paul Hayman, and passes on his supernatural powers.