How many times has a wrestler made a big show of saying au revoir, only to pop up again weeks later to drive ratings or PPV buys? No matter how emotional or affecting the angle in question is, it rarely sticks. You can count the number of wrestlers who sailed off into the sunset without a return ticket on one hand. Hell, Terry Funk retired so many times it became his gimmick for more than a decade.
The Undertaker has been an exception since his debut at Survivor Series 1990. He has defied stereotypes and reinvented the pro wrestling business along his 30-year road at the top. On Sunday, WWE gave Big Evil one last farewell, closing out Survivor Series 2020 with the final image of his fist raised in the air. "My time has come," the sorrowful superstar said to fans, "to let the Undertaker rest in peace."
Or has it?
While we want to believe Taker is done for good, this is a guy who's made a habit of raising from the dead. Can we take Mark Calaway at his word? Let's examine both sides of the argument...