The Undertaker: Back To The Beginning For The End
On November 19, 1990, Mark William Calaway made his WWF/E debut as "Cain The Undertaker" on a taping of Superstars.
Nearly 20 years later, seven major title wins, eighteen wins at WrestleMania without a loss, we are seeing the beginning of the end right before our eyes.
If wrestling was the MLB, The Undertaker would be Babe Ruth. If we were talking literature, he is William Shakespeare.
There is no doubt in my mind right now that wrestling loyalists won't put Undertaker's name right up there with legends such as Bruno Sammartino, Iron Sheik, and Hulk Hogan to name a few.
A truly historic career, is that of The Undertaker's.
However, everything must come to an end.
We saw it at WrestleMania 26 first hand, when The Undertaker, respectfully, put an end to the career of a WWE legend, Shawn Michaels. It was the best way to go out.
As far as The Undertaker goes, how will he leave us and how will we remember him?
For me, it is an unwritten rule in the wrestling world—to go out with a loss.
However, for The Undertaker, I think the WrestleMania streak needs to stay alive, just based on the fact I don't see anyone at this point worthy of taking the streak from him.
The Undertaker could always retire at 19-0 with one more win at WrestleMania, or even before WrestleMania 27, and end it where it all began, at the Survivor Series.
The WWE Creative Team had originally pulled Survivor Series off the PPV calendar following a press meeting. However, have since put it back in the lineup, without stating why they did so.
Curtain call perhaps?
This weeks episode of Smackdown saw the return of Paul Bearer. We haven't seen the likes of him on WWE television since The Undertaker burried him with cement at the 2004 Great American Bash.
Since then, he has been on good terms with WWE and under a talent contract where he can market his name and appear at various events and autograph signings.
Now that he is back, and the power is back in the urn, things are getting very interesting.
I had no feelings towards the Kane/Undertaker fued at all until I saw Paul Bearer on Smackdown. Bearer by himself is nothing, when you put that urn in his hands and The Undertaker by his side, it holds a lot of memory.
We don't know how much longer we will see The Undertaker compete, but you have to believe the end is near. The WWE has a chance to do things with The Undertaker they couldn't do with any other wrestler.
I know one thing is for sure, however his career ends, it will be a special moment, time will stand still, and it will never be forgotten.
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