The Undertaker and Vince McMahon have formed one of the longest-running professional partnerships in the history of this business. The 'Deadman' announced his definitive retirement from the scene last year at the Survivor Series, although in reality his departure had already been anticipated during the airing of the documentary 'The Last Ride'
Barring further and unlikely reversals, his last official match will therefore remain the controversial 'Boneyard Match' against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36. Speaking in the latest edition of the 'The Joe Rogan Experience' podcast, the Gravedigger revealed how his iconic character is not had been created by Vince McMahon especially for him.
The WWE boss had thought for a long time about introducing a figure similar to that of Taker but was unable to find the right person to stage it until Mark Calaway joined the company.
The Undertaker's Final Farewell at Survivor Series
“Vince McMahon introduced me to the character in exactly this way.
She called me and I didn't have the faintest idea what it was. The next day she flew me to Connecticut, showed me the storyboards and I finally understood what the idea behind my character was. It was inspired by an old western, if I remember correctly "- said the 'Phenom'
The Undertaker had long been aware that the one with AJ Styles would be his last match of him: “Everyone had noticed that my skills had diminished, even if no one wanted to have that kind of conversation. I knew that the moment of farewell had come, I did not want to add an additional burden on the shoulders of the people close to me.
I have an exceptional relationship with Vince, we have shared a lot of emotions over the past 30 years. I would still be willing to do anything for him, but I realize there are so many guys today who deserve that place. I have accumulated enough credit in my career, I don't need any more victories, I can leave wrestling with serenity."
The Undertaker bid farewell to the WWE roster as well as the WWE Universe at the 2020 Survivor Series event. There, the Deadman made his way out to the ring, and bid farewell one last time, with WWE conjuring up an image of Paul Bearer as well.
The image was a haunting one and came after WWE legends and opponents of The Undertaker all came out to clap and show their respect to him before the ceremony. While there was some speculation about a possible attack for one last feud before he retires, it didn't happen, and he left the WWE ring for the last time.