The Undertaker retired at the Survivor Series pay-per-view on Sunday. However, numerous fans have argued that he will be back for one more match next year. It is hard to believe that ‘The Deadman‘ is truly gone after three decades of an illustrious career.
However, one of his closest friends and long-time colleagues weighed in on the situation. Charles Wright, known in WWE as The Godfather, spoke to Sports Illustrated about the true nature of Taker’s retirement.
While WWE and Vince McMahon are notorious for bringing out wrestlers even after an emotional retirement, Godfather thinks Undertaker is done with in-ring action for good.
“When I heard about this farewell, I texted and said, ‘Big Dog, you done?’” said Wright. “And he said, ‘Bear, I’m done.’ Now he’s said that before, but they just wouldn’t let him go. This time, he said he’s done. I don’t know what Vince is going throw at him down the river, but I think he’s done.”
The Godfather and ‘The Phenom’s friendship is as old as the latter’s career. The duo met in WCW but started on the wrong foot.
Wright recalls, “I thought I was the only big guy in that territory, I was green, and I wasn’t looking for any new friends, so it didn’t start well for us.”
However, after a particularly stiff match, both men reached an agreement and have been best friends ever since.
SI reports that The Undertaker particularly requested The Godfather to be there during the Final Farewell. Godfather immediately thought about an old-school Bone Street Krew reunion.
“When WWE invited me to the Survivor Series tribute for Mark, I texted him right away and said, ‘Let’s do a BSK reunion,’” said Wright, “We paid homage to Mark Calaway and the phenom that he created with The Undertaker.”
The night before Survivor Series, The BSK reunited, and as Wright describes it, “If you didn’t know any better, it felt like it was 20 years ago. We told stories, we hugged, we cried—and we put Timmy White to bed, just like we used to back in the day.”
The Undertaker is rumored to join the Hall of Fame as early as next year. Fellow Hall of Famer, Godfather, believes Taker revolutionized the business of sports-entertainment forever. The ‘Deadman’ deserves every bit of recognition he gets.