The Undertaker’s return to SmackDown Live has generated a lot of buzz within the wrestling industry. While the Deadman has clearly stated that he is no longer a ‘once in a while’ Wrestlemania attraction, a series of revelations have recently surfaced, regarding The Phenom's fitness levels.
According to Cageside Seats, rumour has it that the hip surgery the Deadman underwent recently, was done to ensure that he could appear somewhat regularly until Wrestlemania. However, Wrestlemania 33 will probably be the Undertaker’s last performance according to that same report.
Although the exact date of his surgery has not been established, it is widely believed that the surgical intervention took place in the month of October. A series of tweets flooded the internet in October, which depicted Undertaker using crutches to walk. Take a look at some of these tweets below:
Another photo of The Undertaker. You can see the crutches in his trunk which tells you it's his. I hope he heals up soon. pic.twitter.com/teU8Lz0Axu— Zack Lethal (@TheZackLethal) October 12, 2016
While Taker still has that eerie aura which defined his career, he is not the same man that he once was; age seems to be catching up to him.
Mark William Calaway has had an influential career so far; he is the epitome of professional wrestling.
His utter dedication to the Deadman persona made a deadbeat gimmick work beautifully. While modern wrestling can never pull off a similar gimmick again, Calaway, gave us goosebumps whenever he blessed us with an appearance. His music sent chills down our spines as he walked down slowly towards the squared circle.
With Undertaker moving towards his final stint with the company, WWE is sure to squeeze out the last bit of money that Taker can bring in with his appearances. After all, the man is back digging holes and taking souls.
While the departure of The Phenom is going to result in a worldwide backlash, perhaps, the Undertaker finally deserves to Rest in Peace.
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