Professional wrestling looks set to lose one of its biggest legends from the ring after The Undertaker hinted at retiring. The wrestling star has been one of the best in the business since joining the WWE in 1990 but now looks to have wrestled his final match.
The Last Ride
The Undertaker, real name Mark Calaway, said in a recent documentary that he had “nothing left” to prove inside a wrestling ring. Speaking in a WWE biopic titled, ‘The Last Ride,’ The Undertaker hinted that he would be stepping away from wrestling. After spending more than three decades in a wrestling ring, Calaway’s words suggest he’s had his last match, a Boneyard match against AJ Styles at Wrestlemania in April.
Following the Boneyard match, ‘Taker rode off into the night on his motorcycle, and it seems the wrestler views this as a fitting last action. He said, “It’s time this cowboy really rides away.” The Undertaker said he has finally come to terms with the idea that he can do more good outside the ring than inside. It suggests he’s going to become a trainer or a mentor rather than an in-ring performer.
Don’t Count Him Out, Yet
Calaway hasn’t outright retired yet, though, and he did say that he would consider one final match to say goodbye to the world of wrestling. The wrestler may wait until crowds are allowed back in arenas to really say goodbye to The Undertaker character he has lived for almost 30 years. Now it would just be a case of finding the right opponent to give ‘Taker’s final match the attention it would deserve.
The Undertaker is one of the most iconic wrestlers of all time, and his fans have possibly seen him wrestle for the final time. He claims to have “no desire” to return to the ring, so we may never see him in his wrestling gear again.
How The NHL Is Making Its NHL Bubble Feel Like Home
When it comes to professional sports, one thing that matters is home advantage. After all, there is something exciting about teams performing in front of their adoring fans. It can make players give a little extra, and this is how the NHL is making the bubble feel like home for its stars.
The Missing Touches
As NHL teams are gearing up to begin playing games once again, the hockey world feels a little different. With games being played inside the bubble, teams can no longer enjoy all of the home arena advantages they once had.
Now every time the Blue Jackets score, there won’t be the ear-splitting cannon going off, and mascots won’t be parading around the stands with the fans. Many of the entertaining elements of the NHL’s franchises are going to be missing, but there are some things that are going to make it feel like home for players.
It’s The Little Things
Sometimes it’s the little things in life that can make the difference. The NHL wants its players to feel like it’s business as usual. The league will provide the familiar sounds of goal songs and national anthem performers.
Although the players aren’t going to be playing in their home arenas, they are going to hit the ice to their own fight songs. The added bonus of pumping goal sounds into the arenas is that it will bring a sense of energy to the place. We can imagine there is nothing more anticlimactic for a professional hockey player than scoring a goal that is met with nothing but silence from the stands.
Added crowd noise that reacts to the plays are being tested, with the NHL expecting to improve its ‘performance’ as the season continues. It might be unfamiliar, but the NHL is doing what it can to make its players feel at home on the ice.