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VIDEO: The Undertaker bids farewell to wrestling in emotional goodbye

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It was an emotional moment for the world of professional wrestling on Sunday as WWE star The Undertaker officially announced his retirement during the WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view event.

The Undertaker a.k.a. Mark Calaway, called time on his 30-year career on Sunday in what turned out to be an heart-rendering farewell (h/t WWE on Tiwtter):

It was way back in 1990 when Taker made his WWE debut during that year’s edition of Survivor Series. It was only fitting that the iconic wrestler announced his retirement in the exact same event some three decades later.

The Undertaker has been out of action for several months, and his retirement has been a long time coming. Earlier in the week, the 55-year-old opened up about the exact moment of his announcement, and he admitted that he has been an emotional mess of late:

“I’m kind of going through a whole gambit of emotions, really,” Calaway said, via Brent Brookehouse of CBS Sports. “I’m honored that WWE has taken this effort to honor me in this whole month with the docs and other things. It’s really humbling that a company would do that. Not knowing exactly what the show is going to entail, I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing some of the guys I’ve worked with through the years there. It’s definitely going to be bittersweet for me. It’s one of those deals where I feel it’s important that I’m there and get to address the fans and people who have been with me for 30 years and followed my career and stuck with me when it’s been a flavor of the month business for a long time.

“It’s going to be very emotional. It’s all going to become very real that my career in the ring is likely over. I’m just running that whole spectrum of emotions and trying to encapsulate everything and keep everything in check.

The Undertaker has been one of the most historic figures in the world of professional wrestling, and his contributions to the sport has been countless. His retirement announcement brought a tear to more than a few WWE fans around the world — including a number of NBA players as well.

As he expressed in his farewell speech, we likewise wish the Taker that he “Rest in Peace.”