Mark William Calaway, or The Undertaker as he’s known, represents an era of wrestling that’s now officially gone. The wrestler made his debut back when the WWE was known as the World Wrestling Federation. Appearing in 1990, The Undertaker outlasted his peers and many who would follow in the ring.
After 30 years with the WWE, Calaway is finally calling it quits and retiring The Undertaker persona. Over the course of his career, he won the world heavyweight champion seven times. There was always something supernatural about the wrestler whenever he entered the ring. Audiences never quite knew what to expect.
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In keeping with his career, Calaway retired with only a few words. His character was never one for making speeches. He said, “My time has come to let the Undertaker rest in peace.”
He retired with a little help from a ghost of his past. A hologram of his former manager Paul Bearer appeared in the arena. Bearer, whose real name was Billy Moody, died in 2013.
Vince McMahon Remembers The Undertaker
While Calaway may have had few words, his employer Vince McMahon had plenty to say about the wrestler. Taking the ring, McMahon appeared visibly upset as he recounted Calaway’s long career.
“Tonight marks the end of an era,” McMahon said. “An end of an era of the most storied career in history, it’ll never be duplicated. So tonight we say, goodbye.”
“They say nothing lasts forever. I think they’re wrong,” McMahon continued. “Because the legacy of The Undertaker will live on eternally!”