Death of The Deadman: Is It Time to Retire?
I remember my first ever episode of WWE I ever watched. It was Raw, in February 2007. The announcers were hyping someone named the Undertaker choosing the champion he would face at Wrestlemania. WWE champion John Cena, ECW Champion Bobby Lashley and World Heavyweight Champion Batista made their way out to the ring. Then the arena went dark, and the bell sound that would announce the arrival of my new favorite superstar started going off.
That was when I fell in love with the Undertaker.
I was mystified as I watched his classic entrance, the way he walked in the darkness towards the ring, the look of coldness in his eyes. I could see the champions in the ring in awe and afraid of the Undertaker. He pulled his hat off and scared the crap out of me with his eyes rolled back inside his head. (I was 12, don’t judge me.) He ended up choosing Batista as his opponent for Wrestlemania, and then Undertaker choke slammed Batista and left.
Undertaker was one of the main reasons I kept watching the show, hoping to get another glimpse of him. He didn’t show up, but the combination of other matches and superstars including Shawn Michaels becoming number 1 contender to John Cena’s title got me hooked on wrestling.
I started to get my hands on any wrestling videos, especially involving undertaker, I could get my hands on. I watched as Undertaker debuted at Survivor Series 1990, as he turned into a face, then back to a heel in the ministry of darkness. I watched him go through the American Bad Ass gimmick, then come back against Kane with the dead man gimmick. Although while watching all those videos and getting older I realized something.
The Undertaker has gotten boring.
After spending 20 years in this business this November, he has done everything there is to do in the WWE. He has won championships, won the Royal Rumble, had legendary feuds. He has also done things that no other superstars have done, including drastically changing his gimmick. He also, brought in revolutionary matches such as Hell in a Cell and the casket match, and most importantly, going 18-0 at Wrestlemania.
The only problem with that is, he isn’t fresh and new anymore and he hasn’t been since about 2005. Don’t get mad at me for saying this, but he is kind of like John Cena now. He barely ever loses, and if he does lose, it’s because of interference. His move set due to his age is being forced to become tamer. His entrance takes forever, and since Shawn Michaels didn’t beat him this past year, there is no suspense in his future Wrestlemania matches, because we know he will win.
Now I’m not saying that I want him to lose at Wrestlemania, in fact I believe that the streak should never be broken, but I’m just stating the sad truth.
He is the greatest superstar in the history of the WWE (in my opinion) and shall be forever remembered as the phenom, but I think it may be time for him to retire while still on a high note, instead of when the fans grow tired of him.
The only way I could see for him to be unpredictable again would be to suddenly change back to the American Bad Ass gimmick. There have been some rumors that he has wanted to so that he could be himself towards the end of his career, and I hope that it happens. It would be awesome if he did it when he returned from his injury later this year. That would prolong his career if he’s up for it. But if he’s not, it might be time to hang up the boots.
~The Awesomeness has spoken.
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