Throughout nearly the last three decades, the Undertaker has been a staple for the WWE as one of their biggest draws. He may not be the same wrestler he was five years ago, let alone 10 years back. The only manner that The Undertaker has even entertained returning to the squared circle has laid through the path of WrestleMania annually. With him seemingly on the back end of his career, he has become more decisive with what matches that he takes at this point and has made it clear what will could get back into the ring.
The Undertaker’s late career
Over the last few years, it has seen The Undertaker take a more methodical approach toward competing at WrestleMania.
In 2017, he participated in what he believed would be his final match at WrestleMania 33 against Roman Reigns. The Undertaker made symbolic gestures after falling to Reigns by leaving his hat and gloves in the center of the ring.
However, the 55-year-old has continued to wrestle as he came back in WrestleMania 34 for a five-minute match against John Cena that he cruised to a smooth win. For the first time in nearly 20 years, The Undertaker didn’t appear or take part in a match on that stage as he was absent from WrestleMania. That said, he did partake in Super Showdown over the last couple of years.
He came back this year for a widely-raved boneyard match against AJ Styles that brought back much of the mystic around him. It has begged the question about whether he will go out on that note or come back for another.
What could get The Undertaker to wrestle again
With WWE’s documentary entitled “UnderTaker: The Last Ride” making headway over the last couple of weeks, it has seen Mark Calaway conduct more interviews than he has ever done before for most of his career as the iconic character.
One of the reasonable questions that continue to be asked is if he will wrestle again at another WrestleMania. According to the Toronto Sun, Calaway voiced that the docuseries around his career doesn’t bring a close to his wrestling career but that it would take a “juicy” storyline to get back into the ring.
“We haven’t finished the last episode (of the docuseries). At this point right now, today, it’s hard to really give you a definitive answer,” said Undertaker when asked if the docuseries offered him closure should he never wrestle again. “It would be tough to try to look forward to going and performing a match in an empty warehouse. You never say never, but to make it to Mania again, it’s going to take something really, really juicy.”
Calaway has accomplished it all throughout his illustrious career with a character that has withstood the test of time. It’s a testament to his ability to keep it fresh and appealing for fans of all ages to see, but another match would have to be the ideal situation.
The Undertaker isn’t closing the door on another match, but it would have to be the right components in place to make it happen.
Who would The Undertaker face?
That stirs the pot about who would make the opponent fans want to see The Undertaker’s face.
Beyond having to keep up to par with how well his match against AJ Styles went, it has to be the right opponent that he can play off in the ring. He doesn’t have the same physical ability but has shown he has enough left in the take to get the job done.
Wrestling fans were clamoring for a match against John Cena, and they got that. It was a bit underwhelming, but it was something that was done. The only opponent that could draw a strong storyline would be against Sting.
There is no clarity on where he’s at physically along with his standing with the WWE. Sting hasn’t wrestled since suffering a severe neck injury from “buckle bomb” from Seth Rollins at 2015’s Night of Champions. There still much uncertainty at this point, but the WWE will try to do whatever it takes to get another match out of The Undertaker.