On the final episode of The Last Ride, WWE legend The Undertaker appeared to call time on his incredible 30-year career, saying he has ‘no desire’ to return to the ring.
“If there was ever a perfect ending to a career, that right there was it,” The Deadman – real name Mark Calaway – said of WrestleMania 36’s Boneyard Match.
“If Vince was in a pinch, would I come back? I guess time would only tell there.
“In case of emergency, break glass, you pull out The Undertaker. I would consider it. [But] at this point in my career, I have no desire to get back in the ring.”
Within minutes of The Last Ride airing, The Undertaker was trending on social media.
Twitter was full of tributes to one of WWE’s greatest ever icons, with fans and fellow pro-wrestling stars paying their respects using #ThankYouTaker.
We’ve rounded up some of the best reaction below.
AJ Styles, the man who has seemingly retired The Undertaker, tweeted: “Still floored by the experience and reaction to the Boneyard Match at WrestleMania.
“If it was the last time Undertaker laced up his boots, I’m honoured it was against me.”
AJ Styles reacts
Fellow main roster star Billie Kay wrote: “A true icon that devoted his life to this business. #ThankYouTaker” while her tag team partner Peyton Royce simply added “ICONIC!”
A true icon that devoted his life to this business. #TheLastRide #ThankYouTaker 🙏 https://twitter.com/WWE/status/1274726517902381056 …
With #TheLastRide’s final chapter upon us…
What’s the ONE WORD that comes to mind when you think of @undertaker?
NXT and 205 Live star Tony Nese shared his favourite Undertaker memory and revealed it was the moment he became ‘hooked’ on wrestling.
“Undertaker vs Yokozuna – Casket Match. Royal Rumble 94′ Providence Civic Center, RI.
“I watched wrestling for many years prior, but this match and the amazing aftermath was the absolute moment I was hooked for life.”
Nese shared his Undertaker tribute
SmackDown’s Ember Moon also paid tribute to ‘Taker, thanking him for everything he’s done for the industry.
“Words cannot express how much you have done for all of us! #ThankYouTaker,” she tweeted.
Ember Moon added her thanks
The best reaction probably came from Tomasso Ciampa, one of NXT’s top stars, who posted an image of him sharing the ring with Undertaker from 2005 when he made his WWE debut.
“I guess the rematch is off the table,” he joked.
I guess the rematch is off the table. #NeverSayNever #TheLastRide #ThankYouTaker
Of course, it wasn’t just fellow WWE stars paying their tributes to Undertaker. Twitter is full of fans sharing their favourite memories of The Deadman.
“Hall of Fame 2021 needs to be headlined by this man,” one wrote, while another added:
“Thank you for making our childhood so cool. Thank you for the journeys you took us on. Thank you for growing with us, and evolving. Thank you for being larger than life.”
Mike Rome (Austin R) is playing last of us 2 😭
Thank you for making our childhood so cool. Thank you for the journeys you took us on. Thank you for growing with us, and evolving. Thank you for being larger than life. Thank you for everything you have given to wrestling. You will always be #ThePhenom. #ThankYouTaker 🙏🏻
Undertaker has said that if Vince McMahon needs him, then he’ll be ready to go. Break glass in case of emergency.
But that may never happen and right now, it seems he’s ready to step away for good. So after an incredible 30-year WWE career, there’s only one thing left to say… #ThankYouTaker.