The Undertaker prepared for a historic match at WrestleMania 33 on Sunday, poised to be the first pro wrestler to reach 100 wins on a pay-per-view sine the format’s inception. The Undertaker made his first appearance on WWE programming since January’s Royal Rumble three weeks ago when he showed up on WWE Raw. Braun Strowman called out Roman Reigns, but got more than he bargained for when the Deadman came out.
Rather than engaging Bray Wyatt’s largest son, Taker called out the WWE Universe’s Enemy Number One. Since then, Roman Reigns and Taker have been fighting over whose yard it is because wrestling has weird analogies for overt masculinity. The two faced off in the main event of WrestleMania 33 to be the dominant dude with the wettest hair.
The main event — one which many are speculating may be the Undertaker’s last — was announced as a no-hold-barred affair as Reigns made his entrance. It lived up to the stipulation, as the fight soon spilled to the outside, where Reigns was chokeslammed onto an announce table before Undertaker got speared through another.
Undertaker introduced a chair into the match, but Reigns’ body armor probably helped him withstand repeated blows to the spine, followed by a chokeslam onto the steel seating apparatus. Reigns also managed to kick out of a Tombstone, probably because his head was protected by his luxuriant hair. Reigns also survived a Last Ride AND the Hell’s Gate. The Undertaker, for his part, kicked out of a trio of spears and a number of Super Mans Punch.
Finally, Undertaker tried his famous sit-up and fell over, and Reigns approached him while the Dead Man was on his knees. The Undertaker told Reigns he didn’t have the balls to put him away, so Reigns stood him up, and gained momentum by bouncing off the ropes several times before putting him away with a final spear for the three-count.
After the win, Roman Reigns left while fireworks went off above the stadium. After a long wait, Undertaker sat up again. After the replays, Undertaker was standing in the middle of the ring, once again wearing his entrance gear, and took in the sustained ovation from the crowd. He paused while about to leave the ring, then left his gloves, coat, and hat in the middle of the ring.
He then kissed his family in the crowd, and made his way back up the entrance ramp, where he raised one fist and sank out of sight.
There’s no official word as to whether this will actually be Undertaker’s final match, or final WrestleMania match, but that curtain call certainly seems pretty damn definitive.
In an emotional moment prior to the match, Jim Ross was introduced to the record-setting crowd at Camping World Stadium. The Hall of Fame announcer then proceeded to call the final match of the evening, and perhaps sent Undertaker out with the voice that has called his most famous matches.