The Undertaker’s unmatched WrestleMania record fell to 23-2 on Sunday at WrestleMania 33, as he was defeated by Roman Reigns.
Having beaten The Undertaker down throughout the match with multiple spears and Superman punches, Reigns delivered one last spear to put The Phenom down for good:
WrestleMania shared a photo of Reigns securing the final pinfall:
Bleacher Report’s Ryan Dilbert experienced conflicting emotions following the action:
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael felt underwhelmed:
After the match, The Undertaker appeared to retire from WWE. He took off his hat, trench coat and gloves, leaving all three in the center of the ring—a symbolic gesture often associated with a wrestler retiring.
ESPN.com’s Arash Markazi showed the gear remained untouched even as the ring was torn down:
In addition, The Undertaker raised his right fist as he lowered down into the entrance ramp, courtesy of WWE:
As WWE Creative Humor tweeted, it was an emotional moment for many fans:
The Deadman always resurfaces in the weeks and months leading up to the Showcase of Immortals, and this year was no different, as he entered himself into the Royal Rumble match in an attempt to vie for the Universal Championship.
Taker looked to be in dominant form, but Reigns entered the bout as a surprise at No. 30 and eliminated The Phenom.
That set the stage for their WrestleMania encounter, although The Undertaker was absent from WWE programming for several weeks while The Big Dog was embroiled in a feud with Braun Strowman.
A few weeks prior to WrestleMania, however, The Undertaker made his presence known by interrupting an encounter between Reigns and Strowman, which resulted in Reigns getting laid out with a chokeslam.
The Undertaker’s gong hit during Reigns’ match against Jinder Mahal the following week on Raw, and while Reigns still managed to win despite the distraction, Shawn Michaels warned him that he needed to focus.
As seen in this tweet courtesy of WWE’s official Twitter account, though, the former Shield powerhouse was confident he could end The Deadman once and for all:
Reigns and Strowman main-evented Raw the next week, but their bout was cut short when the lights went out and The Undertaker appeared in the middle of the ring.
Taker chokeslammed Strowman, but the decision to turn his back on Reigns was a poor one, as the veteran was dropped by a devastating spear.
The Undertaker was eventually able to sit up, but Reigns vowed to put him down for good on the Grandest Stage of Them All:
Although The Undertaker has entered nearly every WrestleMania match of his entire career as an overwhelming favorite, that wasn’t necessarily the case Sunday.
After main-eventing both WrestleMania 31 and WrestleMania 32, it was abundantly clear that WWE viewed Reigns as its next major Superstar.