Legacy of The Undertaker

John Mahoney

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It was around 12:07 on Monday, April 3, 2017. I stayed up late to see the end of WrestleMania 33. It was a good show because both of the world titles were changing hands, and there was a surprise return of the Hardy Boyz after 7 years away in TNA. Yet I was waiting for the main event to see my favorite wrestler, the Undertaker. He was going to defeat the most hated baby-faced good guy since John Cena, Roman Reigns.

In the past, the Undertaker (Played by Mark Calaway)  debuted for the WWE (WWF at the time) at the 1990 Survivor Series as The Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase’s surprise final member of his million dollar team. This would launch one of the greatest professional wrestling careers of all time.

Before the 2017 match began, WWE hall of famer and Legendary commentator, good old J.R. (Jim Ross) came out to call the match. This was his first time back in WWE since he was fired in 2014. I thought it was weird, but I disregarded it and was happy that I could hear J.R. call a match live.

It was a good 15 minute match. It was a no-holds-barred (so anything goes). One exciting moment was when Roman Reigns speared ‘Taker on the announcer tables, which caused one of the tables to collapse. ‘Taker was doing the whole injured gunslinger thing where he was making Roman fight tooth and nail to pin him, but then the unthinkable happened. After one final spear to ‘Taker, Roman pinned him down, and 1-2-3 Roman defeated the Undertaker at WrestleMania. Bringing ‘Taker’s record to 23-2 at WrestleMania.

After the match and Reigns left the ring, ‘Taker stood in the middle of the ring. Basque in his iconic purple lighting. He slowly but surely took off his gloves, then folded his coat, and left them in the ring. Then finally, he took off his trademark hat and put it on top of his coat. He walked half way up the huge ramp at the Citrus bowl, raised his fist as lighting hit and his music played, then he was lowered down on a platform, ending the show and his legendary 27-year career.

The following night on Monday Night Raw, the show started off with a deafening straight 5-minute chant of “UNDERTAKER” from the crowd, a perfect send off to one of the best wrestlers of the last 3 decades.

The Undertaker had of the greatest wrestling careers of all time. Some of his highlights are when he won the WWE title 4 times and the world heavyweight title 3 times. He also had back to back matches against Shawn Michaels. Respectively, on WrestleMania 25 and WrestleMania 26 he had of the most brutal ‘Hell in a Cell’ matches against Mankind (AKA Mick Foley) at King of the Ring in 1998.

But Taker’s greatest legacy is his WrestleMania streak was when he went undefeated at 21 different Manias against competitors such as Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, CM Punk, and Triple H (3 times).

Okay, I have to stop there, but before I end this article, I would like to say one final thing on the career and legacy, of the Undertaker-Thank you ‘Taker, thank you for everything.

 

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