The Undertaker did not pick up his record-setting 100th win on pay-per-view Sunday night at WrestleMania 33. Instead, like most old school wrestlers, he did the right thing and lost in what certainly appeared to be his final match. It was a bittersweet moment for longtime wrestling fans, but the Taker still got to leave WrestleMania to a standing ovation, as he symbolically left his gloves, coat, and hat in the center of the ring before being lowered down into the entrance ramp, while his trademark music and pyro show boomed throughout the stadium.
Just one problem. Too much fire.
Multiple videos were quickly posted to Twitter showing that the fireballs used for Taker’s final goodbye actually set a part of the stage on fire. Members of the crew can be seen rushing around with fire extinguishers trying to keep things under control.
— WʀᴇsᴛʟɪɴɢNᴇᴡsSᴏᴜʀᴄᴇ.ᴄᴏᴍ (@WNSource) April 3, 2017
— melhouse (@meladeth) April 3, 2017
Thankfully, the fire was kept mostly under control, although it did create a huge cloud of black smoke.
— Tyler Wilson (@straightedge109) April 3, 2017
— RhannyBravo (@RhannyBravo) April 3, 2017
Thankfully, it doesn’t sound like anyone was injured in the incident and the fire didn’t spread to the rest of the stage and/or stadium. It’s not the first time The Undertaker has had a problem with his pyro, as he was famously badly burned in 2010 when an errant fireball was mistimed and went off in his face before a match. He was doused in water and had no choice but to continue with the match.
One good thing about the The Undertaker finally retiring: no more accidently setting things on fire.