The Undertaker is definitely nearing the end of his in-ring career—that much we know.
What we don’t know, however, is exactly when the legendary performer known as “The Phenom” will wrestle his last match and hang up his boots for good.
Though we have all speculated about Taker’s in-ring future, we haven’t really been given any clear indication of whether he will retire after his WrestleMania 28 bout with Triple H. Until now.
The Undertaker’s time away from the ring has included surgeries on both his shoulder and hip. He was lighter than ever before when he showed up backstage at last week’s Raw SuperShow, estimated at 275 to 280 pounds.
The belief that he would retire following his WrestleMania XXVIII encounter with Triple H is largely gone since it’s not being hinted. Peers expect him to continue wrestling for a few more years if he’s able to compete once annually.
This is the same thing I’ve said for months: If there was any possibility of The Undertaker retiring after Mania, don’t you think that the WWE would be making a huge deal out of it?
I mean, Undertaker’s not some average Joe off the streets. He is one of the greatest performers in wrestling history, and his last match ever is sure to be hyped up for months in advance.
Count me among the people who don’t think the Deadman is retiring this year because he’s hurting and/or injured, and thus, ready to ride off into the sunset. The great thing about Taker is that, even if he is in pain, he only competes once a year and can put everything he has into one epic WrestleMania match.
Undertaker likely realizes that he can still contribute to the company in a major way just by performing one match, and he will continue to do so until his body can no longer handle it.
I would also venture to guess that both The Undertaker and the WWE brass realize that they can still get a few money-making matches out of each other over the next few years, such as a WrestleMania 29 encounter with someone like Chris Jericho or even John Cena.
We’ll see Taker in the ring to put on a few more unforgettable matches, and that’s good for the WWE and its fans.