The Undertaker has reiterated that his time as a wrestler has passed but the itch to put his boots on once more has never gone away.
The Deadman had his swansong at Survivor Series in 2020, thirty years after his WWE debut, delivering a farewell address to the WWE Universe.
The Undertaker last set fought in the confines of WWE in the main event of WrestleMania 36 as he took on AJ Styles in a cinematic Boneyard Match. Donning his American Badass gear one more time, Undertaker buried Styles alive and then rode off into the darkness, signalling the end of his WWE career.
Recently The Undertaker has been promoting the upcoming WrestleMania 38 event in his home state of Texas. When asked if the wrestling bug still bites him by the Dallas Morning News, The Undertaker was clear:
“Yeah, of course it does. I think it’s always in my head and in my heart, especially getting ready for WrestleMania here at AT&T Stadium it’s just like … man. But it’s just at a point where physically, I can’t perform at a level. I mean, I could go out and walk through something and I could get through a match. But I can’t give people what they expect at this point.”
The Phenom went on to say that he still has the passion for the business but his time has passed and its time for the next generation to take over:
“When you see Undertaker, you pay money to see that guy wrestle. I can’t deliver physically on what people’s expectations are. … The passion is obviously still there. I think that will always be there. It’s just the physical side of it. … My time has come, my time has gone. This is the WWE and things happen, you never know. But I know that my time has passed and it’s time for these young guys to step up and take over and lead us to where we’re going.”
The Undertaker also gave his thoughts on a two-night WrestleMania with the spectacular event set to be spread over a whole weekend for the third year in a row:
“I like going to two nights now because WrestleMania was a long night. You’re there 6-7 hours, and it’s hard to keep and sustain that energy level as a fan. You get taken on all these emotional rides all through the course of the night to the point where you’re just worn out.”
“So, I love the fact that they are going to two nights. I think it will keep the energy levels high, the excitement high, and I’m really excited about it. To not be actually in a match, I’m really excited for this year’s Mania. Everybody’s kind of coming back out again after COVID and everything else. I think it’s going to be huge, I really do.”