Although many fans and insiders still struggle to believe it, the retirement of The Undertaker from wrestling now seems something definitive. WWE has in fact organized a gigantic tribute tonight for the Survivor Series, where the 'Digger' made his debut 30 years ago becoming one of the most iconic superstars of any era.
As his friends and former rivals Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair have pointed out, there is always the possibility that Vince McMahon will ask the 'Phenom' to return to the ring for another match in the future. Taker himself did not want to rule out this scenario in a recent interview granted to CBS Sports.
"I have to take care not only of my thoughts and conscience, but I also have to take into account the thoughts and plans of Vince McMahon" - began Taker, who then added: "A lot of times we're not exactly on the same page.
Vince's motto is 'never say never', but I don't think that in a couple of years I will feel physically better than I am now. I will only be a couple of years older and more worn. I just don't see myself in the ring again.
I no longer have those skills that I demand of myself to be able to play a match of a certain level. My days in the ring are long gone, "he added with great honesty. Starting from his WWE debut in 1990, the Gravedigger has gone through numerous eras that have made the history of this business, from the New Generation to the Attitude Era, passing through the Ruthless Aggression Era.
"It seems to me that the locker room is now more individualistic. Everyone does what they want and there is no organ that holds everyone together. I might as well be wrong. This is just what I see. I see guys with a leadership attitude, but I don't know if that leadership is exercised as in the past.
Business is evolving and the same goes for the locker room, but it seems to me that there is less harmony than in the past."
Legends at Survivor Series for the Deadman
Although WWE has obviously not announced the presence of any of the surprise athletes, several sites in the sector and several first-person protagonists, have wanted to reveal several of the names of the legendary athletes who will appear tonight, with the names of Savio Vega, Kane and The Godfather, which had been unofficially announced a few days ago.
Also joining the party for the WWE gravedigger will be: Rikishi, Mideon, Henry Godwinn and former WWE referee Tim White.
Obviously several of these names were part of the Bone Street Krew in the 90s, or the group formed by the same The Undertaker, Yokozuna, Paul Bearer, Rikishi, The Godfather, Savio Vega, Brian Crush Adams, Mideon, Henry Godwinn and Mr Fuji, all athletes and professionals who traveled together from one event to another at the then WWF and who had thus formed a very strong friendship between them.
Among the many not officially announced and who are not part of the BSK, Kurt Angle and Kane, who have worked for years in the WWE rings with The Undertaker, also establishing a solid friendship with the Deadman.