The Undertaker’s life away from WWE and how he shunned drugs that were ‘rampant’

The Undertaker has reaffirmed his decision to finally retire from WWE – after a spectacular 30-year career in the ring.

The professional wrestler has called time on his legendary three-decade long career having seen it all.

The Deadman, now 55, has decided to hang the leather jacket up of good after beating AJ Styles this summer at WrestleMania.

Taker, real name Mark Calaway, will have his final goodbye this Sunday at Survivor Series, exactly 30 years after the first entered the squared circle.

Undertaker – who first made his debut at Survivor Series 1990 – has been chasing a storybook ending to his iconic career for a number of years.

The three-time world champion confirmed to ESPN that he was “100% done” with the ring.

He added: “I've come to grips with it. I'm at peace with it.

“I still have the passion to do this. I love it. And physically, if I could do it forever, I would. I just enjoy it that much. But you can't outrun Father Time.”

His reign of darkness has seen him win four WWE championships, go 25—2 in Wrestlemania and take home Royal Rumble title.

Outside the arena his life has been very different.

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The Dead Man was notorious for being a night owl, and has a history of late-night partying.

A pro at burning the midnight oil, Taker told Broken Skull Sessions: “Once I got to WCW, I mean everything [drugs] was so rampant. Things that you see… you try to tell people outside our industry, some of the excesses and they look at you like, ‘You’re full of crap.

“Nobody does that — rock stars do that. Well, I’ve been in some situations where I put some rock stars to bed, you know.”

Away from the ring Calaway married his first wife, Jodi Lynn in 1989 and had a son in 1993.

In 2000, Taker married his second wife, Sara Frank – who was seen on screen during what was then known as WWF. The couple had two daughters before divorcing in 2007.

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In 2010, the wrestler married former competitor Michelle McCool, and together they had a daughter in 2012.

The wrestling legend also has a keen interest in real estate, and has a number of investments across America.

He and business partner Scott Everhart have a $2.7m building in Colorado dubbed the Calahart.

And a avid dog-lover, the deadman set up the Zeus Compton Calaway Save the Animals Fund at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

Established with his ex-wife Sara, the project aims to help pay for lifesaving treatments for large-breed dogs.

He has also revealed his softer side by urging people to save tigers in the wild.

Earlier this year, the hall-of-famer posted on Instagram a sweet picture with wife Michelle from a tiger sanctuary.

She and Undertaker also appeared in a short video and urged people to help "save the tigers," which Taker referred to as "the last great sentinel of the forest." If we don’t, "no one will rest in peace."

The Deadman has made several donations to Republican candidates and has worn clothing opposing protests to the US national anthem.

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