The Rock pays tribute as Undertaker formally withdraws from WWE

The Undertaker officially retired from his WWE run over the weekend at Survivor Series and his fellow wrestling colleagues Dwayne Johnson celebrated 30 years of Deadman with fans. On November 22, 1990, the Undertaker first appeared in the WWE (then WWF) when he made his debut at this year’s Survivor Series pay-per-view event. Exactly three decades later, the world-famous wrestler returned to this year’s Survivor Series to say goodbye for good while fans and colleagues said goodbye.

He made his legendary #SurvivorSeries debut 30 years ago today.
Like EVERYONE – I was in awe as a newbie to @WWE when his first words pierced my soul as he walked into the locker room and said, “Muthafucka” True Story ????
It is my honor to share the ring with you, my brother. # ThankYouTakerpic.twitter.com / ULlppOQlCa

– Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 22, 2020

Johnson honored the WWE legend by sharing a photo of themselves alongside The Undertaker from their time at the company in the late 1990s. “He made his legendary #SurvivorSeries debut 30 years ago today,” Johnson wrote in the tweet using the hashtag #ThankYouTaker. “Like EVERYONE – I was in awe as a newcomer to WWE when his first words pierced my soul as he walked into the locker room and said, ‘Muthaf *** a.’ True story. It’s an honor to share the ring with you, my brother. “

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The Undertaker had previously announced his intention to leave the ring forever in the WWE Network documentary series Undertaker: The Last Ride in June. In recent interviews, he confirmed that he is officially retired and sees his boneyard match against AJ Styles at this year’s WrestleMania as the perfect stop for his legendary run. At the end of the movie fight, the Deadman drove away on his motorcycle after burying Styles alive.

While the Undertaker was done wrestling, he returned to Survivor Series and once again wore his trench coat and hat for his final farewell party. In an emotional speech to the audience, Undertaker made it clear that he hung up the boots, despite thanking fans for all the love and support they had given him over the years. “My time has come to rest the Undertaker in peace,” explained the wrestler.

The Undertaker is widely recognized as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. Originally introduced as a supernatural character, the Undertaker immediately began his career with a high profile feud against Hulk Hogan and became the star of the main event immediately upon arriving. Under the direction of Paul Bearer, the Undertaker was a seven-time world heavyweight champion of the WWE. He is also known for his longstanding rivalry with his storyline brother, Kane, who also appeared on Survivor Series to join the WWE Universe and bid farewell to Undertaker.

Now that the Undertaker is retired, it seems like it’s time he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame soon. Since the organization does not normally introduce active wrestlers, the Undertaker is not currently a member, but there will likely be a fan campaign for him to receive the honor at WrestleMania next year. Although we’ll never see him competing against each other again, there is a chance the Undertaker will continue to perform by surprise occasionally to please fans. This message comes from Dwayne Johnson on Twitter.

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