Speaking to ESPNs Ariel Helwani, The Undertaker said that
for him, hes 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, theres one tiny problem.
But theres 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 hes 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 Im 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. Im 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. Its 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 wont be in the arena but thousands
will be there virtually and watching via pay-per-view and
Ive 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).