WWE legend The Undertaker stated during the finale of his tell-all docuseries The Last Ride on the WWE Network that he currently has “no desire to get back in the ring” and that there is nothing left for him to accomplish. Undertaker made that statement while looking back at his recent Boneyard Match at WrestleMania 36 where he defeated AJ Styles.
WWE appeared to confirm that Taker is done with an emotional post on Twitter that included an image of his best moments and captioned it with “Thank you Undertaker”.
But The Deadman appeared to be leaving a window open on a potential in-ring return “in case of emergency” or if WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon was “in a pinch”.
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Undertaker said: “I’m at a point, it’s time this cowboy really rides away. There’s nothing left for me to conquer or accomplish.
“The game has changed. It’s time for new guys to come up. The time just seems right.
“I can do more good outside the ring than I can inside. I’m finally at a place where I can accept that.
“If Vince was in a pinch, would I come back? I guess time would only tell there. In case of emergency, break glass, you pull out The Undertaker. I would consider it.
“[But] at this point in my career, I have no desire to get back in the ring.”
Undertaker strongly hinted at retirement at WrestleMania 33 three years ago after losing to Roman Reigns and breaking character by placing his signature dark gloves, jacket and hat in the middle of the ring.
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But The Phenom returned to action a year later to beat John Cena at WrestleMania 34, so is the professional wrestling legend really retired?
At this point, and after everything we watched in The Last Ride, it is safe to assume that the seven-time world champion has finally rolled credits on his 30-year career.
The ex-WWE Champion is 55 years old and has suffered a number gruesome injuries all over his body which means his physical and mental health can’t take any more punishment in the ring.
Plus, the former World Heavyweight Champion hit the nail right in the head when he said he has nothing left to prove inside the squared circle.
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Undertaker is arguably the greatest legend in professional wrestling history as he revolutionised the business with his dark and demonic character which paved the way for a number of exciting gimmicks and also introduced some of the sport’s most brutal matches, such as the Hell in a Cell, Inferno and Casket Match.
He also defeated some of the all-time best, like Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Cena, Shawn Michaels and many more – only a few legends never got to share the ring with him, like Sting, but it is impossible to put such dream matches in this day and age.
Undertaker spoke about the vicious cycle he constantly found himself in his search for the perfect match that he would be happy to end his career on.
The Texan bruiser found himself in a number of catastrophic encounters against Goldberg as well as Triple H and Michaels in Saudi Arabia that would then make him feel like he has to “redeem” himself by returning to the ring and putting together a better encounter in order to save his legacy.
Therefore, if he returns to the ring he risks putting together another woeful performance that would then reignite that vicious cycle.
Undertaker also seems to have adopted a different mentality regarding the importance of family as he explains how precious his wife Michelle McCool and his four children are to him.
The Deadman also stated that the death of his brother Tim just before WrestleMania had a major impact on him.
The Phenom has recently mentored a number of young NXT stars, many of which are considered as the future of the business, and he may have found a new purpose in the industry.
The NXT roster is beaming with extremely talented men and women and this is no time to keep bringing back legends from the past, who are way past their prime, to hog the spotlight.
Undertaker has always been the one that had the final word regarding his retirement, and he still does.
It sounds almost impossible to fathom the heavyweight great retiring anywhere other than WrestleMania in front of a packed audience following an incredible performance.
But at this point in time, it is safe to assume that Undertaker has finally retired.
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