The Undertaker seems to have suggested, yet again, that today’s generation of wrestlers are soft. The former WWE superstar, now set for the Hall of Fame, came under fire for claiming as much during an interview with Joe Rogan last year, prompting responses from multiple wrestlers and other persons involved with the industry.
The Deadman looks to have doubled down on his declaration and, having been a recent guest on the True Geordie podcast, intimated that there is a level of grit missing from the current WWE product.
He noted the wrestling environment has changed over the years, pointing out that today’s wrestlers simply can’t have the same types of lifestyles as the ones before them as they are always under watch given all the technological advances of the current era.
“The thing about grit was going to be the next sentence out of my mouth. I feel like there is a level of grit that is missing from today’s product,” Taker said in quotes transcribed by WrestlingNews.co. “I don’t know that it’s anybody’s fault. We all aged out, right? That new group has come up. To your point, when you watch Brock wrestle, you’re interested because you know; he has this background as an amateur wrestler, professional wrestler, mixed martial artist. Brock doesn’t do a bunch of crazy moves. He manhandles your a**.
“You get in there, get thrown around, and get smashed. Roman (Reigns) has a little bit of that to him. When he wants to, Randy (Orton) has that to him. A lot of the younger talent…it’s the evolution that comic book era, the superhero era, I think that’s their motivation and inspiration. They didn’t have to come up and bust heads in bars and figure out how they’re going to eat. Good or bad, it’s what it is.”