After months of videos and interviews insisting that he’s retired–probably–almost surely, Mark “The Undertaker” Calaway did what was billed as his final appearance at a wrestling show as the main event of Survivor Series, the same show where he debuted the character 30 years earlier.
The timing was fitting, the situation anything but. It made for a nice story to do so on the 30th anniversary, but there was no pressure to do it at any time and this could have been saved for another show–with fans. Plus, it can’t possibly be the farewell, since he’s likely going to main event the next class, or one thereafter, of the Hall of Fame. As symbolic as Survivor Series is to his story, it is nowhere close to WrestleMania, where the streak made him, even more than Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels, the enduring figure of the biggest shows in wrestling history.