For thirty years, The Undertaker was regarded as one of the most important wrestlers in WWE. The Phenom had many achievements in his illustrious career; known for his numerous championship victories, his ever-changing personas throughout the years, and the most memorable accomplishment was his undefeated streak at WrestleMania.
The Undertaker is known for keeping kayfabe (not breaking character) most of the time. However, due to the end of his career being near, he has recently made an appearance in his first-ever wrestling podcast with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin on Broken Skull Sessions. Plus, he recently appeared in his documentary titled Undertaker: The Last Ride which premiered on the WWE Network on Sunday, May 10.
The Undertaker allowed his career to be documented; he gave his approval to the WWE Chairman. The filming was done in 5 separate chapters, between 2017 and 2020. The documentary followed his footsteps and featured numerous interviews with the wrestling organization’s top stars such as Steve Austin, Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Mick Foley, Kurt Angle, Edge, Batista, Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, and Jim Ross.
The first chapter was titled “The Greatest Fear” with a duration of one hour. The events in the video took place in 2017; the filming started three days before his match against Roman Reigns on WrestleMania 33.
The video started with The Deadman making preparations for the big annual event. Then, he admitted about how he never imagined that his character would remain for the next thirty years. After that, they included his WWE debut at Survivor Series in 1990.
It also showed us the debut of his trademark eye rolls. Also, the interviewees speak about his infamous streak and how it was an honor for them to have a match against The Undertaker. Then, Taker would discuss his matches with Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and CM Punk before his infamous match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX.
During the last few years, The Undertaker would only fight in one match per year. This was because his body became more vulnerable to high impact moves and decreased his durability in the ring.
He recalled not being able to remember most of the bout with Lesnar due to suffering a serious concussion, the streak would eventually be broken to 21-1. The Undertaker, whose real name is Mark Callaway, would end up in a hospital accompanied by Lesnar and Vince McMahon. His condition was so bad that he would not remember his name until the second day.
After the concussion, he lost his confidence. He appeared very nervous backstage before his WrestleMania 31 match against Bray Wyatt; during the bout, he regained his momentum and performed well.
Moreover, the second half of the documentary focused on his “No Holds Barred” match against Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 33. As previously mentioned, it was the first time that he was being filmed backstage with a camera crew following his footsteps. Back then, the wrestlers really thought that they were documenting the final match of his career.
Roman Reigns emerged victorious at the end. Then The Undertaker slowly got up, removed his gloves, his jacket, and his hat and placed them in the middle of the ring, signaling the end of his legendary career. In the end, he received a standing ovation from the big crowd, and even from his colleagues when he returned backstage.
This was only 1 of the 5 documentaries released, and WWE did a tremendous job with highlighting Taker’s different side that people rarely get the chance to ever witness.
As for the next episode, it will be released next week; the video was titled “Redemption”, it mainly focuses on Taker’s disappointment of his wrestling match with Reigns, while also showing a few glimpses of his major surgery; the preview ended with The Deadman commenting:
“I was so disappointed at my performance and I let myself do that. The problem was that my body was at the limit. I need Redemption, that’s the driving force to prove to the world who I am and what I do”.
The series will stream on WWE Network as follows:
- Chapter 1 – This Sunday, May 10 immediately following Money In The Bank
- Chapter 2 – Sunday, May 17
- Chapter 3 – Sunday, May 24
- Chapter 4 – Sunday, June 14
- Chapter 5 – Sunday, June 21