Speaking to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, The Undertaker said that for him, he’s “100% done” and has no intention of lacing up his boots again. But while Taker is adamant that his in-ring career is officially done, there’s one tiny problem.
“But there’s this guy that lives up in Stamford, Connecticut, who lives by the motto, ‘never say never,'” he told Helwani, obviously referring to WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Taker revealed in the past that McMahon was not a fan of how The Last Ride documentary ended and requested that he change it, adding the “never say never” line just in case of “in emergency break glass.”
Taker said that he’s at peace with himself over the ending of his career and if he physically could do this forever, he would as he enjoys it that much.
“Physically I’m just not at a point where I can go out and be Undertaker – the Undertaker people expect to see when they pay money to see me wrestle. I’m just not physically there anymore,” he said bluntly.
The struggle to get in shape for every WrestleMania, and the recovery afterward, is highlighted in his five-chapter docuseries. It’s clearly an issue physically, an issue which continued to get worse by every year that went by.
But this Sunday at the Survivor Series, The Undertaker will be live at the ThunderDome for his final farewell. Unfortunately, the fans won’t be in the arena but thousands will be there virtually and watching via pay-per-view and WWE Network.
“I’ve got a fan base that has pretty much stayed with me for 30 years,” he said. “I kind of feel like I owe it to my fans to be able to go out and let them understand how important they were to me. How much they sustained me in times where either I had something personal or emotional going on, or physically going on. I just feel like I have to go out there and tell them what they meant to me, and how much it meant for me to be Undertaker for so long.”
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The Survivor Series will forever by synonymous with his debut back in 1990. Since then, The Undertaker participated in 17 Survivor Series pay-per-views, with his last in-ring match coming in 2015 for his 25th anniversary special.
The Undertaker Survivor Series appearances: 1990 (Million Dollar Team), 1991 (vs Hulk Hogan), 1992 (vs Kamala), 1993 (The All-Americans team), 1994 (vs Yokozuna), 1995 (The Darkside team), 1996 (vs Mankind), 1998 (vs Kane), 2000 (vs Kurt Angle), 2001 (Team WWF), 2003 (vs Vince McMahon), 2004 (vs Heidenreich), 2006 (vs Mr Kennedy), 2007 (vs Batista), 2008 (vs Big Show), 2009 (vs Big Show and Chris Jericho), and 2015 (with Kane vs Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper).