WWE character The Undertaker has set sights on bringing his 30 years career to an end.
The Undertaker, 55, whose real name is Mark Calaway suggested he was not returning to the ring anymore during the new WWE biopic The Last Ride.
“If there was ever a perfect ending to a career, that right there was it,” The Undertaker said in the last episode of the series.
“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.”
Social media got ablaze immediately as The Undertaker began trending on Twitter towards the end of the series on Monday night.
There has been speculation in previous years about his retirement. In 2017, after losing a match to Roman Reigns, Calaway dropped his iconic gloves, hat and trenchcoat in the middle of the ring before walking backstage.
However, it seems Calaway was really going to call it quits this time as his interview with Sports Illustrated backed up his retirement claims in the WWE biopic series.
“Physically, it’s becoming harder and harder to do what I do,” Taker told Sports Illustrated. He continued, “My mind is saying yes, but my body is saying, ‘Slow your roll.’ There’s got to be a time where I step aside. It’s a lot on my body to work even the limited schedule that I do. I still have young children, I need to think about them, too.”
He added, “I can’t do the things I used to do. But if my name is on the card, my goal is to try to go out and steal the show. I can’t go out and perform half-ass. Otherwise, I’m cheating somebody. Ultimately, I will be the one to make that decision.”
Mr Calaway has been a multiple world heavyweight champion, six-time tag team title holder and winner of the Royal Rumble.
He began his career with World Class Championship Wrestling in 1987, and moved to the WWE in the 1990s as a final member of Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Team.
Mr Calaway is also known as a WWE pioneer. He was part of the first Casket Match at Survivor Series in 1992, the first Buried Alive match in 1996 and the inaugural Hell in a Cell match in 1997.