The Undertaker has had a legendary career in WWE, which has allowed him to become an absolute icon around the world. During his 30-year venture in this business, the Gravedigger took part in epic feuds and sealed his legacy in WrestleMania.
Advancing age and physical ailments have significantly reduced the Deadman's appearances in recent years, up to his last match at WrestleMania 36. Within the docu-series 'The Last Ride', the Phenom told how his body was no longer able to withstand the strains required by professional wrestling, effectively anticipating his retirement.
Taker last appeared at the Survivor Series last year, where he received an emotional tribute from friends and colleagues. Unless there are sensational and unlikely twists, we will never see him again in the ring. At the beginning of 2021, Undertaker launched a surprising dig at today's wrestlers, calling them too soft and unaccustomed to sacrifice.
Interviewed on the 'Generation of Wrestling' podcast, the former WWE star TJP commented on Gravedigger's statements.
TJP on The Undertaker
“I don't want to be one of those alpha males that the past is always better than the present.
I'm not that kind of person and I think it's a pretty ridiculous concept” - TJP began. “At the same time, I have to admit that The Undertaker's words weren't entirely far-fetched. I think he was referring to a cultural aspect, not just physical strength.
Today's superstars lack a pinch of mental toughness” - he added. The former Cruiserweight Champion achieved some success in WWE, where he played between 2016 and 2019. The 37-year-old of Filipino descent is currently under contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling and IMPACT Wrestling.
He also boasts a brief stint in TNA, in which he first performed as 'Suicide' and then as 'Manik' Perkins took away the satisfaction of winning the TNA X Division Championship. During the interview, The Undertaker revealed that while he still wants to be involved with the business, his body can't take it any longer.
"As of this moment, yeah, my days in the ring are done, and it's not because I don't want to be in the ring, I mean, that is where I've spent most of my adult life — my whole life, really," said Undertaker. "More than half of my life has been spent in the wrestling or sports entertainment ring.
So, in my mind, I still can see everything and, in my heart, you know, I want to be out there, but it's just at a point where my body can't deliver what my mind and my heart see."