Undertaker Appears to Retire After WWE WrestleMania 33 Match vs. Roman Reigns

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: The Undertaker recovers during his fight against Brock Lesner at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
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One of the most legendary stars in professional wrestling history appeared to close the curtain on his in-ring career after The Undertaker dropped his gloves, hat and trenchcoat in the center of the ring Sunday night at WrestleMania 33

WWE shared a photo of the Deadman holding his right fist up as he lowered down into the entrance ramp:


Vintage #Undertaker as the lights go out at #WrestleMania... https://t.co/CEV8rUIbMQ

ESPN.com's Arash Markazi showed The Undertaker's gear remained untouched even as WWE employees tore down the ring:

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Everyone is gone. The Undertaker's gear is still in the ring. https://t.co/EhErrt4z6S

The Miz was one of many feeling a flood of emotions with The Undertaker signaling his retirement:

The Miz @mikethemiz

If there's a dry eye at #Wrestlemania ur a bigger man then me. #ThankYouTaker

Ric Flair saluted the outgoing star:

Ric Flair® @RicFlairNatrBoy

My Man Taker, the biggest Star in the History of the WWE...Goes out in style like he always does. You make us all look weak in comparison.

The Undertaker lost to Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 33. It's a fitting way for the Phenom to go out—putting over a younger star who should benefit from beating one of WWE's biggest legends.

Still, WWE seemingly undercut the moment somewhat by having it come at the end of a seven-hour show. Fans in Orlando, Florida, were burnt out by the time the main event rolled around so they didn't react to a lot of what was happening in the ring.

Much like your favorite television show that lasted a season or two longer than it needed to, some might argue The Undertaker would've had a more momentous exit if he had left WWE a few years earlier. On Sunday night, he looked every bit like a wrestler who had been competing in the ring for over 30 years.

With that said, nothing will take away from The Undertaker's legacy. He's a seven-time world champion who carried the banner for WWE for almost the entirety of his career.

The fact he has only had seven title reigns—compared to 16 for John Cena, 14 for Triple H and 13 for Randy Orton—is a testament to the fact he didn't need a championship belt to solidify his status as a marquee talent.

Early in his career, his presence alone was enough to send chills down fans' spines, and later in his career, he remade himself as a great in-ring wrestler. His WrestleMania clashes with Shawn Michaels are two of the best in the event's illustrious history.

Even as The Undertaker's schedule lessened significantly in recent years, fans knew they could count on seeing him at least once or twice a year for major events. His departure closes a chapter for a bygone era of WWE.


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