Last night was the Super Bowl of Professional Wrestling, WrestleMania 33 is the WWE’s biggest showcase of the year and they seem to go all out from a presentation standpoint.
The show lasts for roughly 6 hours when you include the pre-show matches. For even the most casual fans, there’s always one thing that you can count on every year and that’s The Undertaker making an appearance in the ring.
He is one of if not the most decorated WWE performer of all time, his tenure with the company spans over 25 years and he always brought out his best work at the company’s biggest stage. Every Wrestlemania, Taker made it known that it was his show and the ring was his yard. But not even the dead man himself can defeat father time, he was 21-0 at Wrestlemania until he suffered a shocking defeat to Brock Lesnar at WM 30. The Undertaker for the past few years only appeared weeks before Mania to challenge or answer a challenge from opponents. After suffering the loss to Lesnar, he still made his appearances here and there and most recently, the Royal Rumble, where he was eliminated by Roman Reigns, afterwards the dead man let it be known he wanted a piece of Reigns at Wrestlemania 33.
They eventually squared off and the match was far from the classic match he had with Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 25, which is probably his best match to date. This one was filled with missed spots (moves), sloppy execution and it was evident that the Undertaker just can’t get around nearly as good as he used to. Even for a guy that is around 6’8″ tall, he was pretty agile and now has appeared to be a shell of his former self. Not to mention that he’s well into his 50’s now as well so once he got in the ring with the a guy that over 20 years younger and as physical as Reigns, it was only a matter of time.
All in all, the Undertaker went out the way that is customary in the pro wrestling business, doing the favor for a younger, more deserving wrestler on the way out of the business. This is why Undertaker is probably THE most respected wrestler you’ll ever find because he always keeps the business ahead of his own personal ego. If this truly is the end of the Undertaker’s career, let me be the one to say thank you for the memories since i was a kid watching.