The Undertaker has admitted he was likely a burden to his coworkers over the latter period of his wrestling career with WWE. The legendary performer drew the ire of WWE contemporaries with claims the brand has gone soft in an interview, though another statement he made during the sit down could do a lot in terms of placating.
Taker acknowledged the fact that fans could tell he was struggling in the ring leading up to his retirement last November. One particular match that sticks out took place at the Super ShowDown in 2019. The Deadman went up against Goldberg in what was supposed to be an iconic clash – turns out it was one of the most forgettable matches in recent memory.
Speaking on The Joe Rogan Experience, the 55-year-old said he felt desperate to show the world he still had it. However, he knew it was time to hang up the hat after he got the Boneyard Match against AJ Styles at WrestleMania last year.
“I was looking for that one match where I could say: motherf***ers, I still got it, I’m out,” he explained (H/T Sportskeeda). “There were lots of conversations. There were people I talked to along the way through my career where I said, ‘look if I get to a point where my skills have diminished and I can’t recognize it or at least bring the conversation up.’ It got to the point where nobody wants to have that conversation, I put a big burden on people. They just couldn’t do it.”
It Was Time To Call Curtains
Taker’s movement on the back end of his career did appear to be quite painstakingly executed and he should have zero regrets leaving when he did, although we aren’t sure we’ve really seen the last of him in the ring – that’s WWE for you.
Of course, he would have probably liked to have won more titles but his legacy also points to the fact that one doesn’t have to be a perennial winner to captivate a generation.