The Rock, John Cena, Edge Thank the Undertaker Before WWE Survivor Series

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2020

FILE - In this March 29, 2015, file photo, Bray Wyatt is upended by his opponent, The Undertaker, at Wrestlemania XXXI in Santa Clara, Calif. The WWE is set for its annual sports entertainment extravaganza Sunday, April 1, 2017,  in Orlando, Fla. John Cena, the Undertaker, the Miz and the Bella Twins all have big matches on the show.  (AP Photo/Don Feria, File)
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson,ย John Cena, Edge and Triple H issued statements of gratitude toward The Undertaker ahead of his "final farewell" at Sunday's Survivor Series pay-per-view.

Dwayne Johnson @TheRock

30yrs ago today, he made his iconic #SurvivorSeries debut. Like EVERYONE - I was in awe as a rookie in the @WWE when his first words pierced my soul as he walked in the dressing room and said, โ€œMuthafuckaโ€ True story ๐Ÿ˜‚ Honored to share the ring w you, my brother. #ThankYouTaker https://t.co/ULlppOQlCa

John Cena @JohnCena

After three decades of @undertaker committing wholeheartedly to the @WWE, tonight we bear witness to the end of an extraordinary body of work. For all the in ring moments and as a member of the @WWEUniverse, I say #ThankYouTaker! #SurvivorSeries #Undertaker30

Triple H @TripleH

For every ride Iโ€™ll never forget, #ThankYouTaker #SurvivorSeries https://t.co/0HMT5T8xVg

"30 years competing at the very pinnacle of any industry is unheard of. Let alone the wrestling industry which ages you in dogsโ€™ years. I cannot stress that enough. We wonโ€™t see something like this again. Iโ€™ve had the pleasure of being a small part of that ride. Thanks Deadman," Edge said on Instagram.ย 

Undertaker is set to make an appearance at the pay-per-view, which will ostensibly serve as his retirement ceremony. The Deadman has not appeared on WWE television since his well-received Boneyard match against AJ Styles at WrestleMania.

While the possibility of a swerve exists, WWE has been pushing Undertaker's appearance as a genuine farewell after 30 years in the business. Undertaker made his first appearance in WWE at the 1990 Survivor Series, making this a perfect full-circle moment for his career.

Taker himself has been building this up as a legitimate retirement, telling Brent Brookhouseย of CBS Sports he does not believe he'll ever compete inside the ring again.

"You know, I have to deal not only with my thoughts and my conscience, but I also have to deal with Vince's thoughts and his conscience," Undertaker said. "A lot of times, they're not always on the same page. Vince's line is, 'You never say never.' But where I'm at, I don't see myself getting to a point where I'm going to be physically better in a couple of years than I am now. I'm going to be a couple of years older and a couple of years slower. So yeah, I mean, I just don't see it. Not in the capacity where I'm going to get in the ring and actually work. Whether I have some sort of role, that's a different thing, but my days in the ring I think are long gone now."

Cena, Edge and Triple H have all dropped matches to Taker at WrestleMania, with the former losing in a squash at WrestleMania 34 and the latter losing at WrestleMania XXIV.

Triple H faced Undertaker three separate times at WrestleMania, losing on all three occasions.