The Undertaker has admitted he is still getting used to retirement after hanging up his wrestling boots.
The WWE legend, real name Mark Calaway, has been retired since mid-2020 after a stellar career panning over 30 years.
He achieved many incredible successes during his career, most notably a streak of 21 WrestleMania victories in a row until it was ended by Brock Lesnar and headlined by an induction into the Hall of Fame in 2022.
Now Calaway is now putting his energy into his 1 deadMAN SHOW, a live talk with stories from his WWE career featuring questions from those in attendance.
Speaking exclusively to Sportsmail’s Alex McCarthy, however, he shared how he’s struggling with being unable to compete inside the squared circle.
The Undertaker has admitted he is finding retirement difficult after hanging up his wrestling boots
‘The Dead Man’ retired from wrestling in 2020 after a career that spanned more than 30 years
‘It’s been difficult, I have to be completely honest,’ said Calaway of his retirement.
‘There are still days and times when I’m around an event. I was extremely jealous of my wife a while ago, she was at the Royal Rumble and she came out of the crowd and I was obviously very excited for her to do something that cool and come out of the crowd and get in the Rumble, but any time I’m around I always have that little demon on my shoulder telling me I should be getting ready to go to the ring.
‘It’s fine when I’m at home or doing the show but any time I’m around the product in person, that little man creeps onto my shoulder and tells me, “Hey man, what are you doing? Why aren’t you getting ready to go to work?”
‘It’s something that will I’m sure decimate in time but I’m still dealing with it. I think it’ll probably always be there. Professionally I’ve never been as passionate as I was with my wrestling career and I don’t think that ever goes away.’
The 1 deadMAN SHOW tours the globe and is a WWE-backed talk that has attracted several in the wrestling world.
The show will be in Las Vegas at the same time as WrestleMania this year and is keeping Calaway busy in retirement.
Calaway is now focusing on his 1 deadMAN SHOW and engaging with WWE fans in the talk
The show has gained a huge audience and will roll round to Las Vegas and Los Angeles near WrestleMania
As a wrestler, he gained a huge fanbase for his work as The Undertaker, and gave a gripping speech at his Hall of Fame induction last year.
Calaway joked that his words at the event won him the 1 deadMAN SHOW, and admitted that he’s sees the positives in being busy without getting physical.
‘The speech I gave at the Hall of Fame it got me into this gig now,’ he said. ‘I don’t think anyone knew that I could speak outside of finishing something with “Rest In Peace.”
‘I’ve kind of got myself into a side job now. It’s been a lot of fun, it gets me out there in front of people which I love, being around my fan base, and just being able to share the stories from a 30+ year career that I’ve always held near and dear to my heart, and I’ve always protected that character.
‘All these people want to hear these stories and my perspective on things that have happened in the industry so it’s been a lot of fun and I can tell you – I’ve done a handful of these shows now – that I’ve not woken up the next day one time and been sore. It’s a lot easier way to make a living.’
Calaway is still involved with WWE, running an ‘open-door’ policy to help out current wrestlers
Calaway is still involved with WWE too, running an ‘open-door policy’ with the company and often helping out at the Performance Centre.
‘Whenever I want to show up either at the Performance Centre or in main roster WWE, I have an open-door policy,’ he said.
‘I have an open invitation to come and share my experiences and philosophies with the talent and try and help some of them develop their characters and I love to do that, I really do.’
Undertaker’s 1deadMAN SHOW comes to Las Vegas on Friday 24th March and Los Angeles on Friday 31st March. Tickets available now. WrestleMania 39 airs live on Peacock in the US and WWE Network everywhere else on April 1 and April 2.