The Undertaker took on Roman Reigns in a memorable match at WrestleMania 33. With Reigns taking the victory in that match, it seemed The Undertaker had fulfilled his duty as a wrestler and was stepping away from the professional wrestling world- as indicated by the closing moments of the show.
When 16-time World Champion John Cena came back to WWE as a part-timer and started to call out The Undertaker, fans pondered if “The Deadman” would answer Cena and return to the squared circle for a bout many considered to be a ‘dream match.’ In fact, until the day of WrestleMania 34, The Undertaker’s status was not certain- if expected.
As RAW Superstar Elias hit the ring for his WrestleMania concert, he was interrupted by John Cena and subsequently The Undertaker. Cena and Taker would have a quick match- one that had many fans calling it nothing but a squash and a disappointment for those invested in the ongoing feud between the two.
That begs the question many fans have wondered. Was The Undertaker meant to step away from the ring following his clash against the now-current Universal Champion Reigns at WrestleMania 33?
Well, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter on Twitter, the idea was exactly that. With Reigns being the second person to pin “The Phenom” on the grandest stage of them all, The Undertaker was set to walk away from the business and focus on his health and family.
Twitter user @Jagnarok asked Meltzer if this was originally intended to be The Undertaker’s final match:
“Rewatching WrestleMania 33. Was The Undertaker originally going to retire after this match? He lost, he left his gear in the ring, and he broke kayfabe and kissed his wife at ringside. Was this originally supposed to be it for The Deadman?”
As many fans predicted, the answer to this question is yes. Yes, The Undertaker was supposed to retire from in-ring competition after his loss to Reigns at WrestleMania 33.
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) September 23, 2018
Since that match, The Undertaker has come back to fight Cena at WrestleMania 34, Rusev in a Casket match at the Greatest Royal Rumble and is scheduled to face Triple H at WWE Super Show-Down. A rumored tag team match between D-Generation X and The Brothers of Destruction is also theorized for Crown Jewel.
With that now said, it remains to be seen when The Undertaker will truly step away from the business for good- though a rough assumption from many fans on social media estimate a final bout to take place at WrestleMania 35 for “The Deadman.”
Who should The Undertaker compete against in his final match? Did you believe he was retiring after WrestleMania 33? Let us know in those comments below.