And that’s….it? There may never be another legend like the Undertaker. He has been around for nearly thirty years now and can still have a solid match when he is in the right circumstances. That being said, he is now fifty five years old and can only get in the ring for so much longer. It seems that he has been ready to retire for a long time, and now it might actually have happened.
Over the last few months, Undertaker has completely pulled back the curtain on the man behind the character, marking the first time in his career that he has allowed such behind the scenes access. This, plus the lack of regular activity from Undertaker and his age have made some fans think that he is hanging it up soon. Undertaker would know better than anyone though and he may have let us know for good.
During the final episode of the Last Ride documentary series, filmed in late May, Undertaker spoke about his career after the Boneyard match at WrestleMania 36. Undertaker said that his career speaks for itself and he is happy with it. He says you don’t get too many moments like the end of the Boneyard match and if there is a perfect ending to a career, that was it. Undertaker does however leave the door open for a return, saying that if Vince McMahon was ever in a pinch, he might consider returning, but he has no desire to get in the ring again.
Here are his words, with transcription courtesy of 411mania.com:
“I believe I’m at a place now, post-Boneyard, that’s like, ‘I just won a hellacious battle against one of the best in the business. Here you are, climbing on your motorcycle and taking off.’ There was a lot of thought and a lot of emotion that went through my head, one of those being, ‘Are you happy enough with that?’ It was a powerful moment. And you don’t necessarily always get those. Man, if there was ever a perfect ending to a career, that right there was it.
“If Vince was in a pinch, would I come back? I guess time would only tell there. In case of emergency, break glass, you pull out The Undertaker. I would consider it. At this point in my career, I have no desire to get back in the ring.”
“I’m at a point — this time, the cowboy really rides away. There’s nothing left for me to conquer or accomplish. The game has changed. It’s time for new guys to come up. The time just seems right. This documentary has helped me discover that and opened my eyes to the bigger picture and not judge myself as harshly these last few years.”
“My peers, you know — given their insight, I got a genuine sense they care for me and want the best for me. It’s been very humbling allowing this part to come out and have them accept it. I’ve only given them the Undertaker, they haven’t gotten Mark Calaway. And all signs are that they’ve accepted Mark Calaway. I can do more good outside the ring than I can inside. And I’m finally at a place where I can accept that. And I’m okay with it.”
It’s a heck of a way to go out. Check out what might be Undertaker’s last match:
Opinion: I’m not sure I can actually fathom Undertaker completely retiring, but if this is how he wants to go out, then so be it. The Boneyard match was something completely different for him and was very entertaining, so maybe that should be it for him. You might not be able to replicate that one again, and getting to go out on a high note is a great thing. That being said, I can’t imagine we won’t hear that gong again one more time down the road.
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