The Undertaker called it a career at Survivor Series 2020 during his final farewell. The ‘Phenom’ retiring from pro wrestling/sports entertainment is hard to digest, but that’s what it is. That being said, the ‘Deadman‘ gave us some exciting moments to cherish in this decade.
On the Bragging Rights go-home show, WWE Champion Randy Orton faced World Heavyweight Champion Kane in a champion vs champion match. Just as Kane went for the chokeslam in the closing moments, lights went out as The Undertaker’s gong hit. This distraction allowed Orton to hit the RKO for a victory.
An irate Kane would then await The Undertaker to come face him, but the ‘Deadman’ had another surprise. The gong hit again, and the lights turned purple as Kane looked around in disbelief. In an unexpected turn of events, The Undertaker came through the ring and pulled Kane down straight to hell!
Taker and HBK had a terrific match at WrestleMania 25, but it wasn’t the end of the story. Michaels cost The Undertaker his World Heavyweight Championship at Elimination Chamber 2010. This led to a Streak vs Career match at WrestleMania XXVI that The Undertaker won, retiring Shawn Michaels.
This match had everything you expect from a wrestling match. It had the action; it had the drama, and the flow of the match ensured that it just flew by. The outpouring of emotions in this match and the crazy action undoubtedly makes this match one of the greatest moments of both men’s careers.
After Taker retired Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXVI, his best friend Triple H came out and challenged The Undertaker to a match at WrestleMania XXVII. Their match didn’t have a strong build to it,but was definitely the Match of the Night that day.
This wasn’t the end though as both men faced off in a Hell In A Cell match at WrestleMania XXVIII. The match was an elite level of greatness from the two legends.
Michaels wasn’t even in the match, but his addition as a referee added a lot to the contest. The end was even more emotional as all three WWE Legends stood up at the WrestleMania entrance and hugged each other.
On an episode of Raw leading to WrestleMania, Paul Heyman challenged The Undertaker to sign a contract to face his client, Brock Lesnar, at WrestleMania XXX. The Undertaker made his triumphant return. Lesnar held open the contract page as Heyman advised Taker to sign the contract.
Being the savage he is, The Undertaker picked the pen and pierced it right through Brock Lesnar’s hand. Lesnar screamed in pain as The Undertaker pierced the pen. The ‘Deadman’ then chokeslammed ‘The Beast Incarnate’ through the table, thus confirming their match.
The Undertaker definitely lost steam after his loss to Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX. His match against Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 31 was not at the level it could’ve been, and the years that followed were no good for him in terms of in-ring action.
After a disappointing match against Goldberg at WWE Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia, The Undertaker trained hard and got back in shape to give fans a crazy match as he ended his iconic career.
Sadly for everyone, COVID-19 derailed all plans, and that is how the Boneyard Match was born. The Undertaker and AJ Styles faced off in an epic Boneyard Match that set the bar too high for cinematic matches. There couldn’t have been a match any more perfect than this for The Undertaker to call it a career.