WWE chairman Vince McMahon appeared to confirm the retirement of The Undertaker on Friday following the legendary wrestler's loss to Roman Reigns during WrestleMania 33 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida last Sunday.
McMahon posted a message on social media showing the gear Taker left in the ring after the main event of the wrestling company's biggest event of the year:
Triple H, who serves as the WWE's Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative in addition to occasional in-ring appearances, also used social media for an apparent goodbye Monday:
Although it's often difficult to separate reality from storyline in the world of wrestling, Undertaker's meeting with Reigns seemingly marked the end of an unmatched career.
Between being placed in the main-event slot, leaving his signature apparel in the ring afterward and McMahon's post, the Deadman likely walked away for good Sunday night.
It's worth noting the 52-year-old veteran labored through much of the match Sunday night, struggling to showcase the power and athleticism he did during his prime years. Being unable to physically keep pace with opponents often two decades younger probably played a role in the decision.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio reported this week Undertaker is "getting more surgeries now" following the loss to Reigns (via Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc.). It's noted the longtime Superstar may need a full hip replacement as part of his recovery.
The Undertaker, real name Mark Calaway, started his career 21-0 at WrestleMania before losing to Brock Lesnar in 2014. He defeated Bray Wyatt and Shane McMahon at the next two editions of the marquee show before losing to Reigns on Sunday.
In addition to his status as a WrestleMania stalwart, Undertaker was also a four-time WWE champion and a three-time world heavyweight champion.
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