Last month, WWE announed that The Undertaker will be part of the 2022 Hall of Fame class.
Undertaker was the first member announced for this year’s class. WWE subsequently announced that Vader and Queen Sharmell will also be part of the 2022 Hall of Fame class. During an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show two weeks ago, WWE chairman Vince McMahon announced that he’ll be the one to formally induct Undertaker.
The Phenom will be inducted less than two years after wrestling his final match with the company. But if WWE officials had gotten their way, The Deadman would have been inducted much sooner.
During an interview with The Dallas Morning News (h/t WrestlingInc.com), The Undertaker stated that WWE wanted him to get inducted after his stunning WrestleMania 30 loss to Brock Lesnar. However, the wrestling icon didn’t feel like it was the right time for several reasons.
“This is actually the second time that I was invited to the Hall Of Fame, so I wasn’t as shocked this time. I turned it down the first time because I knew I had unfinished business. I wasn’t at that place yet where I was ready to let go and say that it’s over. So, this time I have made my peace, and I am just honored and humbled that they would induct me.
It was, I want to say after the Brock WrestleMania, I think it was after that. In my head, I couldn’t end on a match that I didn’t remember. I got concussed and I don’t remember even having that match. So, I wanted to at least have a match that I could remember, so I kept working here and there for the next few years, trying to leave on that upbeat note. Fortunately, we had the Boneyard match and I said, ‘alright, that’s it I think I’m good, it’s time to call it a day.’ Now here we are.”
You can watch the full interview below:
There were rumors that The Undertaker would retire after suffering his first ever WrestleMania loss to Lesnar. Of course, The Deadman wouldn’t actually call it quits for another six years. In June 2020, he announced his in-ring retirement on the final episode of the WWE Network series, Undertaker: The Last Ride. He officially retired at the end of Survivor Series 2020 in a retirement billed as “The Undertaker’s Final Farewell.”
The Undertaker’s Last WWE Match
Undertaker wrestled his final match for WWE at WrestleMania 37. He went one-on-one with AJ Styles in a cinematic “Boneyard match”, which was filmed on a built set near the company’s Performance Center in Orlando. The Undertaker managed to defeat The Phenomenal One in a match that was critically acclaimed by fans and pundits.
Very few wrestling legends get to end their career on a high note, but The Undertaker was an exception to the rule.