Triple H and the Undertaker just put on the best match of WrestleMania 28, with Undertaker improving to 20-0 after prevailing in a brutal Hell in a Cell match. With the match being billed as the "end of an era," the question now stands, where do Undertaker and Triple H go from here?
They hang up their boots and retire from actively wrestling. With their legacies secure, there is nothing left for either Triple H or the Undertaker to accomplish as wrestlers. Both men have reached the pinnacle of the WWE and are poised to leave on their own terms. They have absolutely nothing left to prove and will assuredly be ranked among the greatest of all time.
Triple H has won a world championship 13 times, eight via the WWE Championship, and five via the World Heavyweight Championship. He's held the Intercontinental Championship five times, he's won three tag team belts and he won the 1997 King of the Ring as well as the 2002 Royal Rumble. More importantly, he is 42 years old and has had a slew of serious injuries, including tearing both of his quadriceps muscles.
The Undertaker has won the WWE Championship four times, the World Heavyweight Championship three times and the Tag Team Championship six times. He also won the 2007 Royal Rumble, becoming the first man to win after entering in the final spot. The Undertaker is also 20-0 at WrestleMania, the greatest streak in WWE history. However, the Undertaker is 47 years old and similar to Triple H, has also suffered a number of serious injuries, ranging from a broken orbital bone in his face to various knee and back problems.
The advanced age and the injury history of these two men has clearly affected both Triple H and the Undertaker, as they have been limited to sporadic appearances and shortened matches throughout the last few years. Obviously, both men's careers are winding down, and it is time for both Triple H and the Undertaker to acknowledge this fact.
Based on their advanced ages as well as their injury histories, it is only logical that Triple H and the Undertaker retire from actively wrestling. However, someone will inevitably make the argument that Triple H and the Undertaker need to continue to wrestle due to the lack of star power in the current group of superstars.
In actuality, this is another reason that the two superstars need to retire.
It is time for the WWE to stop relying on older superstars wrestling limited schedules and instead focus on putting over the current superstars. It is in this capacity that Triple H is actually most valuable to the company. As the executive vice president of talent, Triple H is in charge of the development and cultivation of talent for the company. Rather than spending time in the ring, Triple H needs to focus all of his energy on finding and developing talent for the future success of the WWE.
As for where they go in the immediate future, Triple H and the Undertaker need to make an appearance on Monday Night Raw and announce their retirements. In their speeches, they need to acknowledge the "end of the era" tagline that their match carried and utilize it to explain their retirements. They need to acknowledge that they are the last remnants of the "Attitude Era," and that they are the last of a dying breed.
The Undertaker and Triple H are two of the most iconic and celebrated wrestlers of all time. They have accomplished everything that there is to accomplish in the WWE. However, it is time for these two men to hang up their boots, and to join their colleagues in the annals of the WWE.