The Undertaker has discussed the main reason he has stepped away from competing in the ring as he says that in his heart, he “wants to be out there.”
The legendary Phenom stars in the new Netflix movie Escape The Undertaker alongside The New Day. Viewers watching at home will be able to direct Kingston, Woods, and WWE Champion Big E in the caper as they attempt to evade the Deadman.
Speaking to ET Online to promote the movie, The Undertaker says he was hesitant at first, as he felt the movie might betray the character’s roots:
“I worked with them a little in the ring, but not nearly — I never had a program or really spent a lot of time being creative with them. I think what was really the coolest part of it is their energy, right? They have this dynamic positive energy and then you put that in contrast to The Undertaker, which is obviously a dark force and I was a little leery at the beginning when I’m thinking you know, conceptually. Is it going to be too funny or will it take The Undertaker too far out of his roots? But it was just the opposite. Their energy played against mine so well.”
The Undertaker had an iconic thirty-year career in WWE, having his last match at WrestleMania 36 where he defeated AJ Styles in the cinematic Boneyard Match. Taker’s last endeavours in the confines of a wrestling ring came just a month before that in Saudi Arabia when he defeated Styles in a gauntlet match.
For The Undertaker, he says the mind is willing but the body is no longer able to give him the performances he demands of himself and that led to him hanging up the wide-brimmed hat for good:
“Yeah, my days in the ring are done and it’s not because I don’t want to be in the ring. I mean, that is where I’ve spent most of my adult life – my whole life really, more than half of my life has been spent in the wrestling or sports entertainment ring. In my mind, I still can see everything and in my heart, I want to be out there but it’s just at a point where my body can’t deliver what my mind and my heart see, my body can’t deliver that and I just don’t want to cheapen the legacy of that character. I’d hate for people to pay money to see me work and be disappointed.”