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The Undertaker Talks Wrestlemania 33 and Retirement

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The Undertaker

Roman Reigns gave The Undertaker his second loss at the “Grandest Stage of Them All”, Wrestlemania 33. After the match, Undertaker took off his attire in an orderly fashion, leaving them folded in the middle of the ring. He left the ring somberly, in what many consider his final exit.

In the WWE 24: WrestleMania Orlando special that aired on WWE Network, the Phenom breaks character. He shares his thoughts about the match with Reigns and his retirement.

On Dealing with Injuries and Age:

“Running things through my mind,” The Deadman said. “They say fighters can grow old in one fight, so hopefully this isn’t that fight. Dealing with the numerous injuries that I work around, I’m not prepared physically as well as I could. That’s kind of the big issue, just making sure there’s always enough gas in the tank. One of my biggest fears is kind of becoming a parody of myself. They happen to buy a ticket to see Undertaker wrestle; they should get the best Undertaker I can give them. You always wonder when you walk into the dressing room, ‘oh, here comes the old guy again.’ Yeah! just an old guy who’s not afraid to put a size 15 [shoe] up your ass, if you get out of line.”

This is the Deadman worrying about overstaying his welcome with the fans, and the next generation of talent.

On Possible Retirement:

“It’s kind of surreal, I guess, right now…30-plus years of my life, but right now I’m pretty content riding off into the sunset. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

Reigns, on the other hand, sees it as a passing of the torch:

“It’s like heartbreaking. It was his yard, but it’s mine now, and I swear to God that I’m going to look after it.”

The Undertaker Returns at the RAW 25 Anniversary Show

“Stone Cold Steve Austin answered to the reaper. Mick Foley answered to the reaper. Even my own flesh and blood Kane had to answer to the reaper!”

“I declare for all of those who have fallen, it is truly time… you REST IN PEACE!!!”

His return and the promo itself was a pretty confusing one. Many fans believe that this was confirming his retirement. However, others think that it’s a way to throw off the fans from his impending in-ring return. And the speech could be interpreted as a farewell speech or, in Jim Ross’s words: “a warning.”

Taker was also backstage at the Royal Rumble, but he’s not making any plans for WrestleMania 34. He was there to support his wife, Michelle McCool, who entered in the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble match.

TSJ Writer’s Note:

When Taker’s historic streak was ended by Lesnar at WrestleMania 30, I tweeted that WWE made a biggest mistake.

Then, at Wrestlemania 31, Taker returned for some reason and beat Bray Wyatt. To me, that makes his WM lost meaningless.

What should have happened?

At WM30, Taker should have faced someone else, rather than the beast incarnate Brock Lesnar. Then, before the match ended, Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family could have appeared and attacked The Phenom. That would have caused the match to end. From there, Taker would have disappeared.

Meanwhile WWE should have been pushing Bray towards the WWE Universal title.

Then, after a year passes, Wyatt could’ve called out the Deadman to appear if he’s not afraid for a match at WM. Taker would finally appears and they have a title match at WM. Taker beats Bray in a hard-fought match, leaves the attire and the belt in the middle of the ring and rides off to the sunset.

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