The Undertaker was perhaps the most iconic character to ever set foot in WWE. The Deadman has managed to transcend wrestling to become a true legend in every corner of the world. The Gravedigger has contributed more than any other to the spread of wrestling outside the US borders.
Over the years, his appearances in the ring have become more and more sporadic and limited to WrestleMania. The Phenom is the absolute symbol of the Showcase of the Immortals, where his legendary 'Streak' was born.
Barring sensational and unlikely twists, Taker played his last match against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36. Within the The Last Ride docu-series, the seven-time world champion has admitted that he is no longer able to sustain the efforts required by this business.
His official retirement took place at the 2020 Survivor Series, where his extraordinary epic had begun 30 years earlier. Kevin Hart's guest in the latest edition of the 'Cold as Balls' show, Undertaker has revealed some secrets relating to his famous gimmick.
The Undertaker said: "If my character was born in the age of social media, it would have been much more difficult for me to have the same success. Nowadays, you can't go out on the street without someone taking a picture of you and posting it on various social networks.!" Taker wrote indelible pages of history at WrestleMania: "For our industry, WrestleMania is the NFL's equivalent of the Super Bowl.
You work hard all year to get ready for that appointment. Being included in the Mania card is the goal of any wrestler. You can ask whoever you want, everyone will answer that it is their biggest dream. Is it possible for me to return to the ring? It is now clear that I am no longer able to perform at the highest level.
I could go into the ring and play a match, but I wouldn't be able to give people what they expect of me."
Was The Rock really planned for Survivor Series?
Last Sunday WWE aired its latest edition of Survivor Series, historical ppv of the Stamford federation, in which several great fighters who made the history of the company, such as The Undertaker or The Rock, made their debut.
The latter, this year turned 25 years since his debut in the rings of the McMahon company, with the Chairman Vince, who had also thought of inviting him to the pay-per-view rings, only to learn that the schedule of the recordings The Great One cinemas did not allow the athlete to take part in the show.
Apparently, according to some insiders, the presence of The Rock would never have been considered by the WWE, at least for what Dave Meltzer asserts from the microphones of the Wrestling Observer and in part this would also be right, but only in part.
According to several other sources of web wrestling, in fact, The Rock has never confirmed his participation in the event, but initially, 3-4 months ago, WWE had tried in every way to bring him to the Series rings and they had also been made special arrangements to get Rocky to attend the event.
In his latest online speech, the well-known Andrew Zarian of F4WOnline, wanted to talk about the particular agreement that Vince McMahon had made in person with The Rock and his staff, which would have allowed the Great One to participate in the ppv, with the journalist who stated: "In July, I was told that in Brooklyn, New Yotk, the PPV would be focusing on Johnson.
Amid the heavy promotion of his new film, Red Notice on Netflix, was also the 25th anniversary of his debut, which was supposed to be celebrated in New York City, as well as the launch of NBC's Young Rock and the second season of the Ruthless Aggression documentary, the timing was perfect.
At the end of September, the same source told me that Johnson would not be able to be at Survivor Series due to his schedule of filming and because he would have to quarantine for the trip. Be that as it may, there were already financial and promotional obligations with the film even without Johnson, which led to the presentation of last night's plans. The basic project has always remained the same, without The Rock himself though."