WWE legend The Undertaker made a rare appearance in his iconic ring gear at the Riyadh Season Cup final between Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr on Thursday, February 8, 2024. The Phenom delivered the trophy to the stadium and received a huge ovation from the crowd, which included soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Undertaker, who retired from wrestling in 2020, has been involved in several WWE events in Saudi Arabia as part of the company’s lucrative deal with the Kingdom. The Deadman has faced some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Goldberg, Shawn Michaels, and Triple H, in Saudi shows.
However, his latest appearance in Saudi Arabia was not for a WWE event, but for a soccer match. The Riyadh Season Cup was a four-team tournament that featured Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr, Al-Shabab, and Al-Ittihad. The final, held at the King Fahd International Stadium, saw Al-Hilal defeat Al-Nassr 2-0 to lift the trophy.
Before the match, the fans were treated to a special surprise, as The Undertaker emerged from the darkness, wearing his trademark black hat, coat, and gloves. He walked down the ramp, accompanied by his eerie theme music, smoke, and pyrotechnics. He then held up the trophy, which was shaped like a skull, and posed with it, as thunder and lightning flashed on the screen.
Cristiano Ronaldo Reacts to The Undertaker’s Presence
One of the most interested spectators of The Undertaker’s entrance was Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese soccer superstar who plays for Al-Nassr. Ronaldo, who joined the Saudi club in 2023 from Juventus, was seen laughing and smiling with his teammate as The Undertaker walked past them.
Ronaldo, who turned 39 during the week, was unable to help his team win the match, as Al-Hilal scored two goals in the first half and dominated the game. Ronaldo also had to endure the taunts of the Al-Hilal fans, who chanted “Messi, Messi, Messi” to mock his rival Lionel Messi.
The Undertaker’s gesture and Ronaldo’s reaction were captured on camera and went viral on social media, where fans of both wrestling and soccer expressed their admiration and amusement.
Some of the comments from the fans are:
- “The Undertaker is a legend. He always delivers a great show. He made the Riyadh Season Cup final more exciting and memorable.”
- “Cristiano Ronaldo is a class act. He respects The Undertaker and his legacy. He showed his good humor and sportsmanship.”
- “The Undertaker and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of the greatest of all time in their respective fields. They are both icons and role models.”
- “The Undertaker should come back to WWE and face Cristiano Ronaldo in a match. That would be epic.”
The Undertaker’s Future Plans Remain Unknown
The Undertaker’s future plans remain unknown, as he has not confirmed whether he will ever return to the ring for another match. He had his final farewell at Survivor Series 2020, where he was honored by his peers and fans. He has since appeared in several WWE events, such as WrestleMania 38 and Raw is XXX, but only in non-wrestling roles.
The Undertaker has also been busy with other projects, such as his ‘1 deadMAN’ tour, where he shares stories from his career and interacts with the fans. He also starred in Netflix’s interactive special ‘Escape The Undertaker’, where he challenges the New Day to survive his haunted mansion.
The Undertaker is widely regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, and one of the most popular WWE figures in Saudi Arabia. His appearance at the Riyadh Season Cup final was a testament to his enduring appeal and influence.