The Undertaker last appeared on WWE programming at the Nov. 2 Crown Jewel pay-per-view, and it sounds like that date may have been the final performance of his legendary career.
Dave Meltzer explained Undertaker's current situation on Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News). Turns out, The Deadman isn't being planned for an appearance at WrestleMania, nor the next show in Saudi Arabia. Meltzer explained why he thinks The Undertaker might be retired now.
"At least as of a week ago he was not doing either (WrestleMania or Saudi Arabia) and obviously (WWE) can panic and the Saudi Arabia show if the Prince wants him they can offer him so much money to do it, but as of a week ago he was not on either show. So I think he’s retired as a wrestler."
Of course, some thought Undertaker was also retiring following a WrestleMania 32 victory over Shane McMahon. A year later, he lost to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33 - and the Big Dog bragged about "retiring" Undertaker. As we learned, The Phenom was actually far from done in the ring.
So for now, people are going to take any retirement rumors surrounding The Undertaker with a grain of salt. There have been lots of talks in past years about him retiring, but until it's formally announced by the WWE or 'Taker himself, we'll continue to anticipate his next wrestling match.
It's been suggested in that past that Undertaker wouldn't want a huge sendoff when he retires, and if that's truly the case, then perhaps he's already had his last match. But again, you never know with the future Hall of Famer anymore. For all we know, he could be thrown into the WrestleMania card at the last minute.
Undertaker turns 54 years of age in March and has dealt with numerous injuries in the past, including a concussion and requiring hip replacement surgery. Thus, if he's opted to retire, we shouldn't be surprised. It's simply amazing how long Undertaker has been able to perform for up to this point, so if he's decided that's it, you really can't blame him.
What This Means
But if The Undertaker is officially done as a wrestler, well, then it's been an absolutely remarkable journey. Many fans and pundits place 'Taker as the greatest wrestler of all time, and it's hard to ignore his many great accomplishments, and he'll surely be a quick Hall of Fame induction.