| Last updated
The Undertaker was devastated after he exited the ring for the final time at WrestleMania 33, according to commentator Jim Ross.
The legendary voice of WWE had been brought into the company on Taker's own last wishes.
Just days before the annual PPV at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Ross tragically lost his wife when she was struck by a car.
Prior to his last match against Roman Reigns after which he left his hat, gloves and coat in the ring, the two friends shared a moment in his trailer.
Ross told avclub.com: "I went in his RV when I arrived hours before we were going on. So we had a very good personal conversation.
"We've been joined at the hip for a long, long time, even back to the WCW days. I helped get him into WCW from World Class Championship Wrestling.
"I thought at the time, you don't see too many 6ft 9in, 300-pound guys who were athletic. Young Mark Calaway was an athletic beast. So we had a nice conversation.
"Afterwards we had a big hug. I cried, he didn't want to cry, though he might have had a tear.
"It was very emotional for him afterward, and I didn't want to monopolise his time.
"It sure as hell wasn't about me, it was about him. What he helped facilitate for me was the greatest honour I have received in wrestling.
"I've been in three Halls Of Fame, and they pale in comparison to having a legendary guy wanting to bring me back-whether I was under contract or not-to be part of the broadcast team, so I can add to his soundtrack of that match. It was a really emotional day."
Ross had quit WWE in 2013 but decided to come back after the Undertaker had asked Vince McMahon for him to call his fight.
Ross revealed: "I was told by others that Mark and Vince collaborated, and they talked about it.
"Mark had a suggestion, Vince thought it was a great idea.
"Look, there's one captain of the ship, and I give Vince a hell of a lot of credit, because if it wasn't for him facilitating it, it wouldn't have happened.
"I'm very grateful for both guys. It was quite the honour."
What a guy.
Chosen for YouChosen for You
Most Read StoriesMost Read