The Useless Man walked out after 30 years (Picture: WWE)
WWE legend The Undertaker ended his profession on an emotional be aware at Survivor Collection – precisely 30 years after his debut.
The Useless Man has outlined professional wrestling for 3 many years, with essentially the most enduring character within the historical past of sports activities leisure, and his ultimate bow was a fittingly theatrical farewell to one of many greats.
After the evening’s essential occasion – which noticed Roman Reigns defeat Drew McIntyre – a bunch of legends and buddies from Taker’s profession got here all the way down to honour him.
Shane McMahon, Massive Present, JBL, Jeff Hardy, Mick Foley, The Godfather, The Godwins, Savio Vega, Rikishi, Kevin Nash, Booker T, Shawn Michaels, Ric Aptitude, Triple H and eventually Kane all stepped into the ring earlier than a superb video recapping the Phenom’s profession aired.
Batista, John Cena, Edge and “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin all appeared as speaking heads on the finish of the clip, and once we got here again to the ThunderDome, Vince McMahon was alone within the ring, clearly heart-broken as he paid tribute to Undertaker.
The boss – who regarded like he was choking up – mentioned that tonight marked the tip of an period, and one thing that may by no means be duplicated, as he insisted anybody saying ‘nothing lasts endlessly’ is unsuitable, as a result of his legacy will.
Undertaker himself got here out subsequent with an unimaginable model of his iconic entrance, earlier than he delivered a brief however candy speech to carry his profession to an finish.
‘My time has come to let The Undertaker relaxation in peace,’ he uttered earlier than getting down on one knee as his music blared out.
In a tremendous contact, the Phenom’s late, nice supervisor Paul Bearer appeared as a hologram holding the legend’s notorious urn, earlier than Undertaker made one ultimate stroll again up the ramp.
Better of the remainder
The evening bought began with the primary of two conventional Survivor Collection bouts as Crew Uncooked gained in a stunning clear sweep.
Seth Rollins sacrificed himself to the Brogue Kick, and one after the other the Uncooked males’s workforce simply stored on rolling, with spirited efforts from Otis and Jey Uso proving to not be sufficient.
When all was mentioned and completed, Keith Lee hit the Spirit Bomb on Uso for a giant win one 12 months after the previous excelled on the identical occasion.
Up subsequent, The New Day and The Street Profits put on an absolute tag team clinic as the usual bearers of each divisions met in a battle of the current and future.
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods – who have been accompanied for his or her entrance by Massive E – confirmed extra aggression than ever earlier than as they tried to maintain up with Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford.
In the long run, Avenue Income have been capable of decide up an enormous win – and now we actually want a Ford/Kingston feud someday.
Sami Zayn was at his sneaky, deluded greatest as he tried to flee from Bobby Lashley and goad the Harm Enterprise right into a DQ loss.
It was a dominating – however extremely entertaining – win for the USA Champion, who picked up the victory with a Harm Lock to make it 2-1 to Uncooked.
Backstage, Roman Reigns gave Jey Uso a dressing down for his Survivor Series loss and insisted his cousin must make his workforce respect the household earlier than sending him on his means.
We returned to the squared circle for our subsequent match, which noticed Sasha Banks earn an announcement (pun supposed) victory over Asuka as the 2 acquainted foes created magic within the ring but once more.
It’s the primary time the Legit Boss has pinned the Empress of Tomorrow, however it’s a must to marvel the place the latter goes from right here as she wants a giant enhance to get again on observe.
Backstage once more, new 24/7 Champion The Gobbledy Gooker bought distracted by fowl feed, letting Arika Tozawa steal the gold earlier than R-Reality appeared to change into the 45-time champ.
The ladies’s Survivor Collection match was brilliantly booked, with everybody elevated in their very own means and given time to shine.
From Peyton Royce pinning Bayley to Bianca Belair’s arrival on the principle roster, this was nice – with a really feel good ending as Lana lucked her means into profitable as sole survivor.
The primary occasion of the evening noticed Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns conflict in a battle of worlds champions and one of many matches of the 12 months.
The Tribal Chief has been on hearth whereas the Scottish Psychopath has enjoyed a career-making year, and this hard-hitting bout wouldn’t have been misplaced as the ultimate match at WrestleMania itself.
In the long run, Jey Uso made the distinction with a superkick after a low blow from Reigns serving to the latter to victory.
Quickfire Survivor Collection outcomes
- Survivor Collection: Crew Uncooked (Keith Lee, Sheamus, Braun Strowman, AJ Kinds and Riddle) had a clear sweep over Crew SmackDown (Jey Uso, Otis, Kevin Owens, King Corbin and Seth Rollins) (B)
- The Avenue Income defeated The New Day (A)
- Bobby Lashley made Sami Zayn faucet out (B-)
- Sasha Banks pinned Asuka (A-)
- Survivor Collection: Crew Uncooked (Lana, Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Lacey Evans and Peyton Royce) beat Crew SmackDown (Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, Natalya and Bayley) with Lana as Sole Survivor (B+)
- Roman Reigns pinned Drew McIntyre (A)