Nothing lasts forever, not even The Undertaker.
As WrestleMania 29 draws near, many questions arise regarding the event. Perhaps the main question surrounds a man who made WrestleMania synonymous with his career.
Is this it for The Undertaker?
Considering the length of his career, it’s a safe bet. The writing’s on the wall.
The Undertaker should retire after facing CM Punk.
Punk earned the right to face The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29. He defeated Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show to earn that right. The match is set. Punk and Taker will collide one more time.
It shouldn't matter who wins because both individuals will make it a memorable match. These titans know how to tell a story in the ring, performing their job magnificently.
However, time in the ring is running out for The Undertaker.
The Undertaker’s 22-year WWE career has been littered with injuries. He broke his ankle during the infamous Hell in a Cell match against Mankind in 1998. Rey Mysterio broke Undertaker’s orbital bone. He even came back from rotator cuff surgery to face Triple H at WrestleMania 28.
Those aren’t even the most recent developments.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via WrestlingInc.com) reported in February that The Undertaker didn’t want to return for a mediocre match. He has had to rehab from both shoulder surgery and hip surgery ahead of WrestleMania 29.
The Undertaker is 48 years old. How much longer can he go? Considering his age and injuries, he simply cannot last much longer.
Taking all of this into account, the best possible sendoff would be against CM Punk at WrestleMania 29.
Punk represents the greatest threat to date to end Taker’s 20-0 streak. He’s coming off working exceptional matches during his historic WWE title run. If anyone on that roster can currently bring the best out of The Undertaker, it’s CM Punk.
For Undertaker, this match would be a great sendoff for two important reasons.
First, The Undertaker needs to pass the torch to someone. That doesn’t necessarily mean losing to Punk. It means passing the torch to someone else. Punk’s inherited that role already. Taker’s blessing would only validate it.
Secondly, there’s nothing more for him to prove. The Undertaker has done more than most wrestlers hope to accomplish in their careers. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer, who made WrestleMania his yard.
Win or lose, this needs to be The Undertaker’s last ride. It’s time for the mystique, the aura and presence of The Undertaker to rest in peace.