Lamar Alexander Pleads with Senators to Work Together in Farewell Speech

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Lamar Alexander Pleads with Senators to Work Together in Farewell Speech

Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, delivered a final message to his colleagues during a farewell speech, saying that the Senate had lost its way and needed to change. Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader and a close friend to Mr. Alexander, grew emotional during his final remarks.

“Well, you may say the Senate isn’t solving some big problems. And you would be right. We’re not even voting on some big problems, sometimes because the majority doesn’t bring it up and sometimes the minority obstructs. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out how to gum up the works in a body of 100 that operates mostly by unanimous consent. But here’s my different view of why we’re here. It’s hard to get here. It’s hard to stay here. And while we’re here, we might as well try to accomplish something. The United States Senate has been, and I hope continues to be, the single most important institution that helps to unify our country by creating broad agreements that most of us can vote for, and that the citizens of the United States will accept.” “I myself have leaned on Lamar’s wisdom for many years. But I think I’ve learned just as much on his optimism, his can-do spirit, his ability to look on the bright side … … and then discern how some more hard work could make it brighter still.”

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Houston’s own The Undertaker bids final farewell to WWE after 30-year career

It’s the end of an era.



The Undertaker standing in front of a crowd: It is truly the end of an era. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)


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It is truly the end of an era. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)


Mark William Calaway—known by his wrestling alias as The Undertaker—bid his final farewell Sunday night, officially retiring after 30 years with World Wrestling Entertainment.

“My time has come to let the Undertaker rest in peace,” he said in his final moment.

The “Dead Man,” born and raised in the Bayou City found his love for wrestling while attending Friday night shows at the Sam Houston Coliseum in the 1970s and ’80s. He finally responded to his calling in 1990, debuting as a partner of Ted “The Million Dollar Man” at the then-WWF’s Survivor Series.

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Calaway’s WWE credentials include multiple WWE and World Heavyweight Champion and six tag team titles, among other accolades.

His WWE biography describes the veteran wrestler as “a true in-ring pioneer, having been part of many WWE firsts, including the first-ever Casket Match at Survivor Series 1992, the first-ever Buried Alive match in 1996 and the inaugural Hell in a Cell Match in October 1997.”

The now former professional wrestler announced his retirement back in June, saying there was nothing left for him to accomplish and it was time for him to say goodbye.

“I’m at a point, it’s time this cowboy really rides away,” Calaway said at the time, adding that the game has changed and “it’s time for new guys to come up.”

Many wrestling greats paid tribute to Undertaker on Twitter Sunday night, noting how amazing it has been to watch him accomplish such amazing things during his time with WWE.

“For every ride I’ll never forget, #ThankYouTaker #SurvivorSeries,” said Triple H, who has been a longtime friend of Calaway, even outside of the ring.

“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,” said actor and WWE star John Cena.

The Undertaker may have ended his journey with WWE, but his impact will, without a doubt, remain forever.

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The Rock Celebrates the Undertaker’s WWE Career Before Survivor Series Farewell | Bleacher Report

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2019 file photo, actor Dwayne Johnson poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Jumanji The Next Level', in central London.   Johnson will revisit his younger years in a new NBC comedy series called “The Rock,” which is the retired pro wrestler's nickname. NBC said Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020  that it's ordered 11 episodes of the show inspired by Johnson, who will appear and also serve as an executive producer.  (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

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With The Undertaker’s legendary career drawing to an end, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reflected on his time with The Deadman in WWE.

The Rock recounted a story from his early days in the WWF in 1996 (warning: tweet contains profanity):

The Rock’s run as a full-time wrestler was brief, but he and The Undertaker were two driving forces behind the company’s success during the Attitude Era. According to Triple H, ‘Taker may have been indirectly responsible for what become one of the most popular finishing moves of all time.

Triple H told TMZ Sports in May how The Rock devised The People’s Elbow as an attempt to make The Undertaker break character and laugh in the ring.

Thirty years ago to the day, The Undertaker made his on-screen debut in the WWF at Survivor Series. The company has promoted his “Final Farewell” for Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view.

It’s unclear how WWE will send the future Hall of Famer on his way, but this will close the chapter on one of the greatest runs in wrestling history.

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