Unlike a lot of older WWE Superstars, fans have not been clamouring for The Undertaker to retire all these years, although it’s fair to say we’ve been expecting it for some time. Many assumed his loss to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX would signify both the death of the streak, and the death of The Undertaker’s wrestling career, marking Brock Lesnar as ‘the man who killed the Deadman.’
That didn’t happen, and The Undertaker returned to the following two WrestleManias to beat Bray Wyatt and Shane McMahon respectively. But this year feels… different. While a lot of The Undertaker’s feud with Roman Reigns has thus far centred on their battle for dominance over some sort of imaginary back garden, it has low key been teasing that The Ultimate Thrill Ride may indeed be The Undertaker’s last ride.
After an unparalleled career spanning thirty years, numerous character revamps, and several all-time classic matches, nobody could begrudge The Undertaker for riding off into the sunset in front of 75,000 screaming Orlando fans. If WrestleMania 33 is to be The Undertaker’s final WWE performance, then WWE have been doing a good job of foreshadowing his potential impending retirement, whilst not making it seem too obvious.