Over the last few years, there have remained lingering questions around how much longer The Undertaker plans to continue to wrestle in the WWE. Although the initial plans were for him to stop after WrestleMania 33 against Roman Reigns, he has taken part in a match on that stage twice more, which has pushed off the notion that he has wrapped his iconic in-ring career. With that said, The Undertaker gave some insight into how he wants to step away from it all finally.
The Undertaker’s legacy
For nearly three decades, the Undertaker has been a fixture in the WWE as one of the business’ biggest superstars.
His dark and mystical character remains a fan favorite has been fueled by his success at WrestleMania over that span. Although a couple of losses to Reigns and Brock Lesnar have taken a little of that luster off, it’s part of his legacy that made him a legendary figure in WWE history. He has had many memorable moments in the ring over the years, such as the cage match against Mankind, buried bouts against Kane, and recently his Boneyard match against AJ Styles.
His retirement continues to near closer that has seen him give more serious thought to how he wants to step away.
The way The Undertaker wants to retire
The conversation has naturally shifted over the Undertaker’s pending retirement as winds down from his legendary career.
The 55-year-old has voiced that it would take an ideal storyline to get him back into the ring again. However, there is another aspect that could keep him satisfied in retirement as he stated to CBS Sports that he wants the perception to be that he can still perform at a high level that would lead fans to question why he’d step away. (H/T Essentially Sports)
“Right now, I don’t know. Obviously, I want to go out with a match on the big stage with a performance that you will think, ‘That is The Undertaker that I have known and have watched for 30 years. I just want to be at that level so people can say, ‘Why on earth are you retiring? Why are you retiring when there is so much left in the tank. I think that match is still in me, and I think I can deliver it. I think once that match is there, I think I can walk away and be happy. This doc has really changed my perspective on a lot of things. It’s a personal thing, I don’t think I have anything left to prove to anyone. This is an internal thing and, in my mind, I’ve envisioned my exit and I’m just trying to find that exit.”
The Undertaker has accomplished it all in the ring, and nothing left to prove. At this point, it’s all internal motivation for himself to showcase to others that he has more left in the tank.
Will The Undertaker have another match?
Now, the question becomes whether the WWE will have something that gets him motivated to get back into the ring.
Given how his WrestleMania 36 match with AJ Styles was received with rave reviews, it gives the perception that fans still want to see him wrestle. The Undertaker already feels like he has nothing to prove in the ring at this point in his career, so it’s on the WWE to make another match happen.
It’s hard to envision that the company won’t make a hard push to get him back in the squared circle at least once more. Only time will tell if the Deadman will make another wrestler, “Rest in Peace.”