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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fletch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30/June/2019 at 11:30
Rumour is that The Undertaker returned on Raw because he felt he needed to do something quick to try and erase the memory of the Goldberg match. Can't blame him as who wants their legacy tarnished with that. 

Another report suggested he provided WWE with a short list of talent he wants to work with, Drew McIntyre was on the list. 

I hope they use this was a way to raise the profile of McIntyre and restore his lost momentum by giving him a PPV singles win over Taker. Trouble is my feeling is that WWE will instead just feed Drew to Taker and he will again suffer a big loss. 

They've undone so much of the good heel booking they initially did with McIntyre, giving him a second straight loss to Reigns didn't make any sense at all. The only way that can be justified at all is if it was to set up the Drew/Taker match which Drew will win.
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so it was confirmed at the end of The Last Ride that Taker has retired.

For me, its strange, he was wrestling when I first became a fan and was at school and all these years later he has finally called it a day. Without a doubt the best gimmick wrestling has ever seen, sustained for so many years and the guy carried himself like a true pro.

The WWE should make a huge fuss of him somehow to celebrate his career as one of the greatest to ever do it 
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I found out about this yesterday and I actually felt quite emotional. I started watching just after The Undertaker made his debut in WWE way back in 91 and he's been a ever present ever since while so many other talents have come and gone. I cant confirm it but i think he may have been the first wrestler I saw in a match when I first watched WWE(WWF) nearly 30 years ago on a episode of Wrestling Challenge. 
He is without question the greatest wrestling character of all time, Mark Calaway lived and breathed the gimmick, the way he managed to keep kayfabe with his character for so long is legendary. 

I think he has made the right call to end his career with the Bone Yard match, while it wasn't a traditional match in any sense it is certainly one of his most memorable matches. Unfortunately as Taker has aged and he's transitioned into a special attraction role working one or two matches per year his match quality has dipped and the matches with Goldberg, Roman Reigns and the tag with Kane against Shawn Michaels and Triple H have been notably bad and way below the standard that's come to be expected from Taker, in the documentary he's suggested that any of these matches could have been his last had he been satisfied with the match quality. 

The cinematic Bone Yard match sees him bow out on a high, it's clear he will now struggle to reach his previous standards in a straight wrestling match, the cinematic match was hugely entertaining and was match of the night for me at Wrestlemania this year. It was a very unique Wrestlemania due to the pandemic and it seems almost fitting it marks the last ride of the Deadman, the final image of Taker on his bike with Metallica blaring and the burning symbol in the background with his arm raised before taking off into the darkness almost seems the perfect way for his in ring days to end.
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