The Undertaker Announces His Retirement From WWE

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, TV
Published 22.06.20

The Undertaker, as you know, is pretty old now (for a wrestler) and his career in the drama-filled sport is winding down, with him announcing his retirement.

I have never watched wrestling. It was called WWF when I was little and for the most part I still call it that on the rare occasion that it comes up in my life. The only wrestlers I’m aware of are the ones who move onto acting really, with one exception; The Undertaker.

He’s a pretty iconic man in most walks of life and if he was in character, I don’t think there would be many people in the world who wouldn’t immediately recognise him as “that wrestler”.

Over the last few weeks, there was a documentary about the wrestler, called Undertaker: The Last Ride.

The documentary features out-of-character interviews with Mark William Calaway (the Undertaker) himself, as well as his wife and former Divas Champion Michelle McCool, Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon, Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque, John Cena, Roman Reigns, Dave Batista, Ric Flair, Edge, Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley and more.

A synopsis of the first episode read:

In this Sunday’s premiere episode, Undertaker comes to terms with his own mortality as he prepares for what many believed to be the final match of his career against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33.

Fans will get a rare glimpse into what led up to that moment, the pressure he puts on himself each year getting ready for WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza, and much more.

The Undertaker

In addition, the episode looks back at the physical and emotional toll taken on Undertaker after his 21-year WrestleMania undefeated streak came to a shocking conclusion against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30“.

As for whether it’s any good, Sports Illustrated say it is, writing:

It is some of the more compelling content WWE has ever produced within its documentary series, and the timing of the release is perfect with people craving original content. If you are a fan of WWE’s stories from behind the curtain, especially of The Undertaker, carve out time to watch Last Ride“.

It was in the last episode of that very same documentary that the Undertaker appeared to announce his retirement, in a clip that said “you can never appreciate how long the road was until you’ve driven to the end.”

The man himself then more or less made his retirement from the ring more clear with a tweet reading: “This time the cowboy really rides away“.

End of an era really, isn’t it?