The Undertaker has explained what he meant when it had appeared he called today’s modern WWE Superstars “soft” causing several of these stars to fire back.
In an appearance several months ago on The Joe Rogan Experience The Undertaker was quoted as saying:
“It’s tough right now, for me, because the product has changed so much. It’s kinda soft. I’ll probably piss a lot of people off but they need to hear it. To the young guys, ‘oh, he’s a bitter old guy.’ I’m not bitter, I did my time. I walked away. I just think the product is a little soft. There are guys here and there who have an edge to them, but there’s too much pretty and not enough edge.”
In a new interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, the former seven-time world champion sought to clarify exactly what he meant.
The Undertaker explained:
“I wasn’t bashing our talent. Our talent is extraordinary. What they’re physically able to do, I couldn’t imagine doing that back in the day.”
“I have a lot of respect for our roster, but I came from a different time period. My point was it was tough back then. I remember when Triple H first came in, and he was shocked that I had black electrical tape on my boots.”
“It was just a different time. We didn’t even have trainers on the road. If you had torn gear, you either wore it torn or you tried to fix it yourself. I’m so proud to be part of the evolution of our business. The industry has come so far. It’s a sign of the success and how far we’ve come.”
That success has seen WWE bloom into a billion-dollar company with its own developmental program and facilities. Now for many entering the wrestling business, the days of hard yards on the independent scene have been replaced by custom-built gyms and experienced coaches on hand to train and advise.