It’s the end of an era.
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.