In the last few weeks, the conversation around The Undertaker has centered on his future in the squared circle. The talk of retirement has been prevalent more so than it has ever been before over the last few years. WWE‘s documentary series titled Undertaker: The Last Ride has provided insight into the journey he has taken over the previous three years that entails mentally and physically at this stage of his life. However, the Undertaker has given clarity as to where he stands with his wresting career moving forward.
The Undertaker’s WWE future
It has become a steady process toward winding down for The Undertaker over the last few years.
The thought process was that his WrestleMania 33 match against Roman Reigns would be his last. That saw him get back in the ring the following year against John Cena to amend his shortcomings the previous time around. He wasn’t finished there as he participated in a couple of matches in the Super ShowDown inn the last two years that have kept him active.
That led to him taking on AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36 in a boneyard match that has received rave review for how it went down. With all that in hindsight, The Undertaker has decided on his career.
The Undertaker says he’s satisfied with retiring
Throughout his documentary, The Undertaker toyed with the idea of retirement as his body progressively breaks down.
At the end of the series, the 55-year-old finally aired out his emotions at this point in his career as he stated that he believes he is done with his in-ring work.
‘If Vince was in a pinch, would I come back? Time will only tell there. In case of an emergency, you break glass and pull out The Undertaker. I mean I would have to consider that. Never say never, but at this point in my life and my career, I have no desire to get back into the ring. I got a pit in my stomach right now. I’m at a point, it’s time this cowboy really rides away.
He has gone far beyond the breaking point on many occasions, and his body has been dealt a significant amount of wear and tear over the years. That has especially been the case over the last few years, which has been taxing both physically and mentally.
The Undertaker’s legacy is more than set in stone with nothing else to prove as he’s firmly established as an all-time great in the business. Ultimately, it’s in his hands to make that final decision on what he wants to do, and he sounds satisfied with walking away now.
Could the Undertaker return?
Regardless of what the Undertaker says at this point, there will remain chatter around his status to get back in the ring for another match.
The documentary highlighted how close the closeness of the relationship that he and Vince McMahon have. If McMahon believes that he needs him in the ring, it’s hard not to believe he won’t get back in for another go-around.
That does come with the caveat that it has to be a highly-intriguing storyline that makes the Undertaker want to wrestle again. He may be satisfied with where he’s at in life and with his career, but the door will remain ajar if he’s needed on the grandest stage of them all one more time.