The Undertaker’s plans after ‘Final Farewell’ at Survivor Series 2020
The Undertaker’s reign of darkness is coming to an end after 30 long years in the ring.
The Deadman is hanging up his leather jacket after three decades in the squared circle and more than 150 fights.
Regarded as one of the very best, Taker told ESPN: "In my mind, I am 100% done. I've come to grips with it. I'm at peace with it.
“I still have the passion to do this. I love it. And physically, if I could do it forever, I would. I just enjoy it that much. But you can't outrun Father Time. Physically I'm just not at a point where I can go out and be Undertaker — the Undertaker people expect to see when they pay money to see me wrestle.
“I’m just not physically there anymore.”
Undertaker, real name Mark Calaway, is ending a truly spectacular career having quit the sport 30 years after he first stepped foot in the ring.
His Final Farewell will come 30 years to the day he first competed as The Undertaker at Survivor Series 1990.
The 55-year-old will appear for a final time before likely being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
He defeated AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36 in what is turning out to be his final match.
He will have his Final Farewell at Survivor Series – unless Vince McMahon makes him an offer he can’t refuse.
This will be The Phenom’s farewell appearance in a ring and it looks like WWE are bringing back a host of his friends for a feel-good moment.
During a recent interview with People, the big man revealed why it was so hard to walk away from the sport.
He said: “When you do it right and you get that ovation, or whatever it is from your audience, that energy that comes back from them, it’s hard to get that anywhere else.
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“I think that’s probably the only reason guys like the [The Rock] come back, as successful as he is.
“I always look at it as the best of athletics, and the best of entertainment. It’s like a live movie going on, except you don’t have stuntmen, and you can’t forget your lines because you’re doing it live.
“I mean, that’s a lot of pressure, and I don’t think our talent gets enough credit for what they have to do.”
Once retired, wrestling fans will hope that they still occasionally see the character – even if it it is not inside the squared circle anymore.
The Deadman returned in full gear for a special segment on Jimmy Fallon this year, performing his trademark Tombstone piledriver on a scarecrow.
So there are chances that the character might be resurrected for the odd appearance on WWE programming.
With the longevity of his career, and a loyal legion of fans. it would not be hard for Undertaker to get another role in WWE as a manager, commentator or advisor.
He could follow the likes of Kane, Triple H and Shawn Michaels in keeping their brands going outside the ring.
But Undertaker might turn to new projects, having been involved in various film and TV programmes over the years.
Although Calaway is adamant it is the last we have seen of The Undertaker in the ring, it might just be worth saving one last chapter in his book just in case he does make a U-turn on that decision, TWM reported.
Vince McMahon has so often turned to the man from Death Valley when things haven’t quite been going well for the WWE.
Maybe he will rise from the grave one last time.
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