WWE wrestling star The Undertaker has received a wave of support on social networks after saying that he had ” no desire to get back in the ring “.
The 52-year-old, whose real name is Mark Calaway, said in a recent documentary that there was ” nothing more [him] to conquer “.
His words suggest plans to retire after a career of three decades.
But neither Mr. Calaway, nor the WWE have officially announced his retirement from the league.
The Dead Man, as he is nicknamed, made his comments at the new WWE biopic on The Last lap.
He talked about his last match against the wrestler AJ Styles, who is finished with him, burying his opponent and riding away on a motorcycle.
“It was a perfect moment. You do not necessarily always get those. If it has never been a perfect end to a career, this right was it, ” Mr. Calaway said.
“It is time that this cowboy really rides away,” he added. “I can do more good outside the ring as I can on the inside. I am finally in a place where I can accept it. ”
He said that he would consider returning for one last match, but that ” only time would tell “.
Mr. Calaway has been a multiple world heavyweight champion, six time tag team champion and winner of the Royal Rumble.
He began his career with World Class Championship Wrestling in 1984, and moved to the WWE in the 1990s as the last member of Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Team.
Mr. Calaway is also known as a pioneer of the WWE. It was part of the first Casket Match at Survivor Series in 1992, the first Buried Alive match in 1996 and the inauguration of the Hell in a Cell match in 1997.
Despite a huge popularity, however, it has not chosen to follow superstars such as John Cena or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in movies.
He told the BBC last month that he ” had the opportunity to do so “, but decided against it.
“It doesn’t work for me,” said Mr. Calaway. “Wresting and the WWE is my passion. This is where I am completely invested and where my heart is at. ”
On Sunday, he tweeted a clip from The Last tour and wrote ” you will never be able to appreciate how long the road was until you have driven to the end “.
His revelation has sparked a wave of messages of support on social networks using the hashtag #ThankYouTaker. AJ Styles says that he would be “honored” if their fight had been The Undertaker last.
Ring announcer Mike Rome has also paid tribute to the struggle of the star, saying: “thank you for making our childhood so cool. “
There has been speculation in the past few years about his retirement. In 2017, after having lost a match of Roman Reigns, Mr. Calaway has dropped his iconic gloves, a hat and trench coat in the middle of the ring before walking backstage.