It’s hard to believe it’s been this long now but The Undertaker has managed to stay retired for well over one year now. He more or less announced it on the final episode of the excellent documentary series, The Last Ride, which aired back in June 2020. Months later, WWE paid tribute with a ceremony at Survivor Series.
We haven’t seen him on television since.
That is unless you count the recent interactive movie he stars in on Netflix, of course. In doing media to promote said movie, the inevitable questions about his retirement come up. He hasn’t changed his answer just yet.
From his talk with ET Online:
“As of this moment, yeah, my days in the ring are done. It’s not because I don’t want to be in the ring — that is where I spent most of my adult life, my whole life, really. More than half of my life has been spent in the sports entertainment ring. So, in my mind, I still can see everything. In my heart, 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, my body can’t deliver that. I just don’t want to cheapen the legacy of that character. And I’d hate people to pay money to see me work and be disappointed.”
Say what you will about him, that’s a commendable attitude. There’s also something to be said about clearly still wanting it so much and choosing not to pursue it any longer for the good of all those around him.
But, hey, it’s at least possible one of his daughters could follow in his footsteps and if she does, he has her full support!