The Undertaker, whose real name is Mark Calaway, had made his WWE debut at Survivor Series on November 22, 1990.
Ever since making his debut with Brother Love, The Undertaker participated in some of the greatest matches in history against Hall of Famers such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Mick Foley.
“I have wrestled all over the world. I have wrestled against almost every wrestler of my generation. When I look back at my career, I have experienced so much and was able to do so much that I can easily look back and say that I haven’t missed anything, be it a match against a wrestler or anything,” The Undertaker told IANS in an interview.
“After 30 years of career in wrestling, there’s not a whole life that I didn’t get to accomplish. I am very proud of my career. It’s very humbling to know that you have an effect on people and their everyday lives. When you are wrestling, you are into the zone and don’t realise the effect you are having on the lives of people. Sometimes, you give them hope, sometimes you give them the courage to do something during their difficult times,” he pointed out.
The 55-year-old’s last match in WWE was at WrestleMania 36 when he and AJ Styles fought in a Boneyard match in April in which The Deadman had emerged victorious.
When asked about what he will miss the most about WWE post his retirement, The Undertaker said: “The hardest part for me would be not to hear that music, the light going out and the reception from the fans whenever I entered the ring. That’s something I am going to miss the most because that has been something which has sustained me for so long.”
If he were not The Undertaker, Calaway said he would’ve wanted to play the character of Rick Flair in WWE. “It would be very tough not to be Rick Flair. He was the epitome of success, a world champion. I always felt that Rick Flair’s character was so over the top which actually he is not. He is the bar which guys of my generation measured themselves with.”
The Undertaker will be returning to the WWE this weekend at Survivor Series, as part of his final farewell which airs in India on November 23 at 5.30 a.m. on Sony Network.