Since the release of WWE’s Undertaker: The Last Ride documentary, the wrestling legend has been quite open with his career in another light that has never been there before. The Undertaker went through the media circuit with various interviews that have provided another side of him beyond his iconic character in the business. The 55-year-old has also opened up about his last few matches at WrestleMania, one of which back at WrestleMania 34, where he finally faced John Cena in what turned out to be a quick match. The Undertaker has discussed why he finally chose to take on Cena on the WWE‘s grandest stage.
The Undertaker’s match against John Cena at WrestleMania 35
Over the years, there had been much lingering chatter from the wrestling fan community to see the Undertaker take on John Cena at WrestleMania.
Although the two had previously faced each other many years ago, there had been a lack of any program between them two even during the peak of Cena’s career with WWE. With the Undertaker’s wrestling days nearing their end, the push for that match was much more prevalent.
The WWE finally obliged in 2018 as in the few weeks leading up to WrestleMania 34, Cena had a few promos going at the Undertaker for a match at the event. It saw only Cena participate in the talking, leading to WrestleMania with it all coming to fruition on that stage, with the two finally taking each other on.
Following cruising past Elias, the Undertaker came out to fight Cena to which the two partook in what was like a quick squash match for the 55-year-old. Cena got in a couple of moves, but it was the Undertaker that wrapped things up in short order.
Why the Undertaker fought John Cena at WrestleMania 34
Although the match wasn’t what many had hoped, it did precisely what the Undertaker had set out to prove. The year before at WrestleMania 33, the thought was that the WWE legend would be heading into his final match in what essentially was a “passing the torch” bout against Roman Reigns.
The Undertaker was visibly limited by his hip that made him look stiff and not the wrestler that he had established himself over the last two-plus decades. Vince McMahon offered him the match against John Cena, which he took on the challenge to show that he still had plenty left in the tank. (H/T Essentially Sports)
“It was appealing in one sense, but still I don’t know if I was mentally prepared at that point for what it would take. It really wasn’t a thought until I actually finally watched the match back. When I watched it back it reaffirmed tenfold everything that I thought.” Mark said, referring to when he was offered to fight Cena at WrestleMania.
“All the other 27 years prior, none of that means anything. This is a brand new Undertaker. And I am going out there to prove the world, who I am and what I do”
The Undertaker more than showcased that as he looked quite agile and spry this time around at WrestleMania 34. He had revealed in various interviews that he has prepared to go for 45 minutes if he had to for the match. More than anything else, it opened his eyes that he can still perform at well at his age.
Will the Undertaker wrestle again?
The Undertaker’s performance at WrestleMania 34 against John Cena helped provide him confidence that he can still be effective in the ring.
It led to him putting for an impressive match against A.J. Style’s at WrestleMania 36 in the boneyard match that many have argued is his best in several years. The Undertaker hasn’t ruled out another match but did state it would have to take a “juicy” storyline to get him back in the squared circle.
If the possibility is still there, expect the WWE to make a strong push to get their legendary wrestler back in the ring at another WrestleMania.