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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The Undertaker retires after 30-year WWE career

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The Undertaker bid a final farewell to the WWE at Survivor Series on Sunday (22.11.20).

The 55-year-old grappling legend – whose real name is Mark Caraway – was honoured with a star-studded tribute from fellow pros including the likes of Shawn Michaels, Kane, Triple H and Ric Flair at the end of the annual extravaganza, which was held at the WWE ThunderDome in Orlando, Florida, and even his late manager Paul Bearer made an appearance in the form of a hologram.

The digital likeness of the Deadman’s manager, who was played by real life mortician William Moody and passed away in 2013, carried the wrestler’s famous urn, and Undertaker emotionally bowed to his old friend when he saw him in the ring.

After the likes of Shane McMahon, Big Show, JBL, Jeff Hardy, Mick Foley, The Godfather, The Godwins, Kevin Nash, Booker T, Shawn Michaels and Triple H had stepped into the ring to pay tribute to the wrestling icon, a video tribute to his 30-year WWE career aired, with the likes of John Cena, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and Edge among those who spoke in the clip.

Visibly-upset WWE chairman Vince McMahon then paid tribute to the star in a short speech, before The Undertaker himself took the mic.

He said: “For 30 long years, I’ve made that slow walk to this ring and have laid people to rest time and time again. And now my time has come. My time has come to let The Undertaker rest in peace.”

After tipping his hat and striking his signature pose, the hologram Paul Bearer then appeared in front of him before he made the walk back up the ramp.

The wrestling star admitted last week he was grateful he’d be making his final appearance in front of a virtual crowd due to the coronavirus pandemic as it was easier to stay composed.

He said: “Our audience being on monitors, I think I’ll be able to get through it a little easier that way than if I had to actually look out into an ocean of people and make eye contact.

“I might have killed off The Undertaker character for good. A crying Undertaker is not what the world wants to see!”

Undertaker’s WWE farewell at Survivor Series came months after he hinted he would be hanging up his boots after defeating AJ Styles in a Boneyard Match at WrestleMania 36.

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Edge’s Best, Worst and Most Infamous Moments in WWE Career | Bleacher Report

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    Edge celebrates his 47th birthday Friday, and while there have been others, this year’s milestone is significant because it marks his first since returning to a job he was certain had passed him by.

    A Hall of Famer, multi-time world champion, WrestleMania headliner and icon of the Ruthless Aggression Era, he accomplished everything he could between the ropes before his dream job was ripped from him by injury in 2011.

    Healed and unexpectedly back in the ring, he has set his sights on creating matches and moments that will only further cement his legacy while entertaining an audience of old and new fans alike.

    As he celebrates his special day, relive these best, worst and most infamous moments of his legendary career…to this point.

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    Edge and Christian, The Dudley Boyz and The Hardy Boyz spent 2000 redefining and evolving tag team wrestling in a three-way feud that captivated audiences and made stars of everyone involved. When the following year’s WrestleMania rolled around, it was time to bring their rivalry to a head on wrestling’s grandest stage.

    And that they did in a jaw-dropping Tables, Ladders & Chairs match.

    Among the awe-inspiring spots in the match was one that would stand the test of time, living indelibly in the minds of all who watched it and any highlights package starring its perpetrator.

    Midway through the encounter, with Jeff Hardy hanging from the titles some 20 feet off the ground, Edge delivered a spear off a ladder that drove The Charismatic Enigma into the mat below. 

    The move popped the crowd, with its creativity and originality both stunning and preparing them for the climactic stretch that would bring the match to an end. 

    To this day, the spear is part of video packages celebrating both WrestleMania and Edge, living forever alongside iconic WrestleMania moments like the Ultimate Warrior-Hulk Hogan staredown and Hogan slamming Andre the Giant.

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    Imagine achieving your childhood dream of working for the company you watched as a kid. Then, in your first match, you execute a relatively simple plancha over the top rope and accidentally injure your opponent’s head and neck.

    Your opponent lies motionless, and the match is called off.

    That is the unfortunate reality that faced Edge in his first match on the June 22, 1998, episode of Raw.

    An accident, something that could have befallen any other Superstar in any other match, it left a dark cloud over proceedings.

    He would still be utilized in a relatively high-profile spot at SummerSlam in August, teaming with Sable in a win over Marc Mero and Jacqueline, but there was no denying the early setback the Toronto native would be forced to overcome before he found success in the company.

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    Edge made history at WrestleMania 21 in April 2005 by winning the inaugural Money in the Bank ladder match and the guaranteed championship shot that came along with it. For almost a year, he carried

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