When Wrestlemania 29 hits Metlife Stadium in April, it could mark only the third time since 1991 in which The Undertaker does not take part. The professional wrestling legend has yet to commit to the event, leaving loud speculation that he may finally hang up his tights for good.
The Undertaker is the longest-tenured wrestler in the WWE and the only remaining competitor from WWE Raw’s inaugural show. He was a four-time title belt holder, but The Undertaker truly made his mark in the annual Wrestlemania series. In the yearly pay-per-view event, The Undertaker carries an undefeated record of 20-0. No other wrestler in history has been able to achieve even 10 wins in the event.
The original plan for the upcoming Wrestlemania event was rumored to have The Undertaker face CM Punk, but the very prospect of that pairing may have been what led to the legend’s uncertainty in the first place. Perhaps the WWE should rethink this proposed pairing and give The Undertaker a better sendoff match. He’s certainly earned it.
The Undertaker, whose real name is Mark William Calaway, has been a staple in professional wrestling since 1984 and fixture in the WWE since 1990. But if Wrestlemania has seen the last of The Undertaker, maybe it’s not such a bad thing. The man is undefeated on wrestling’s biggest stage, and 20 wins is a nice round number to walk away with. Besides, I wouldn’t put it past Vince McMahon to pull another “Montreal Screwjob” and ruin the superstar’s perfect record. Better to be safe than sorry.