The Undertaker officially retired from wrestling at the 2020 Survivor Series, where his legendary career had begun 30 years earlier. Barring sensational and unlikely twists, his last WWE match will remain the one against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36.
Within the docu-series 'The Last Ride', the Gravedigger confided that he could no longer bear the efforts required by professional wrestling and that he did not want to ruin his image. His most famous accolade is undoubtedly the 'Streak', an unprecedented record of 21 straight wins at WrestleMania.
The 'Deadman' took his first defeat at the 'Showcase of the Immortals' in 2014 at the hands of Brock Lesnar. In a lengthy interview with Sportskeeda, Dutch Mantell said it was a mistake to break the 'Phenom' unbeaten streak.
Dutch Mantell on the Undertaker
"WWE has worked hard to build that aura that has accompanied The Undertaker throughout his career. Vince McMahon has invested heavily in the Undertaker. Once he had reached (a streak of 21), he no longer made sense to stop the Streak” - explained Dutch Mantell.
“I would have kept that record, as would most of the fans. Maybe that triumph helped Brock Lesnar's career, but the game wasn't worth the candle. People were disappointed that day. They were much more sorry for The Undertaker's defeat than they were happy for Brock Lesnar's victory.
In any case, Mark has repeatedly reiterated that he has no regrets ”- he added. In the latest edition of 'Legion of RAW' on Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo gave Taker a dig: "Who did legends like The Undertaker and John Cena pass the baton to? These guys didn't help the young talents stand out.
They just disappeared. Taker retired for age reasons, while Cena has now become one of Hollywood's most popular actors. When Vince McMahon needs them for big events, he offers them a lot of money and that's it."
The two men share a bond that's quite rare in the ruthless and demanding business of pro-wrestling. The WWE Chairman has helped The Undertaker through his darkest times. At one point in his career, he was facing a bunch of personal issues, and Vince had the following to say to him: “You need to quit feeling sorry for yourself.
Then get your a** out there and do what you’re supposed to do." It remains to be seen if McMahon deems him worthy enough to make him the sole inductee this year.