The Undertaker has admitted that he felt “boxed in” by his legendary ‘Deadman’ character as it limited what he was able to do outside the ring.
Since retiring from in-ring competition at Survivor Series in 2020, The Undertaker has not only lifted the veil on his legendary career, but also fully embraced working as a WWE ambassador.
The release of ‘The Last Ride’ on the WWE Network following his clash with AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36, gave fans a never-before seen level of access into his personal life. While two appearances on The Broken Skull Sessions with Steve Austin, allowed fans to see the man behind the character.
Retirement has also meant that the WWE legend has been able to transition into becoming an ambassador for the company. This has resulted in more interviews and promotional work, such as appearing at the pre-sale party for WrestleMania 38 in Dallas, Texas.
Appearing on WWE’s The Bump after the event, The Undertaker discussed his new found role with the company. During the conversation the former World Champion admitted to feeling boxed in by his most famous character as it restricted what he could and couldn’t do.
“It’s different, It’s fun. That Undertaker character, obviously it’s served me really well but it’s also time to put that away and be able to still use the 30 years that I’ve been on WWE TV and still do things like that.
“It was fun to get out there and….as great as the character was and everything that we got to do, you’re kind of boxed into what I could and couldn’t do, right? So, now that it’s off, this is what’s left.”
The Undertaker made his debut at Survivor Series in 1990 and through the following three decades and numerous iterations of his character became one of the most iconic Superstars of all-time. Despite bringing down the curtain on his in-ring career, some fans have wondered whether The Phenom might be tempted to get back in the ring one more time.
Speaking in a recent interview, The Deadman poured cold water on the speculation saying that his time had past.
H/t WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.