Wrestling fans around the world today were able to watch Chapter Five, the final chapter of The Undertaker’s Last Ride documentary series.
Throughout the series it details Undertakers struggles with stepping away from the industry. Many fans have speculated that the documentary episodes were going to be a prolonged retirement announcement.
In the final episode of the show we see Undertakers match against AJ Styles at Wrestlemania 36. With the commentary alongside the clips it seems like this match may possibly have been his last match as he says that he has no intention of wrestling again.
‘Taker discussed whether or not he would step back in the ring again, he hints towards the fact the he may have retired. Here is what he had to say (thanks to Fightful for transcribing) :
“I believe I’m at a place now, post-Boneyard, which was a hellacious battle against one of the best in the business. Here you are, climbing on your motorcycle and taking off. There was a lot of thought and a lot of emotion, one of those being ‘are you happy enough with that?’ It was a powerful moment. You don’t necessarily always get those. If there was ever a perfect ending to a career, that right there was it. If Vince was in a pinch, would I come back? I guess time would only tell there. In case of emergency, break glass, you pull out The Undertaker. I would consider it. At this point in my career, I have no desire to get back in the ring
“I’m at a point, it’s time this cowboy really rides away. There’s nothing left for me to conquer or accomplish. The game has changed. It’s time for new guys to come up. The time just seems right. This documentary has helped me discover that and opened my eyes to the bigger picture and not judge myself as harshly these last few years.”
Although it points towards his retirement, one of the standout points is that he mentions he would consider stepping in the ring if Vince McMahon really needed him to. Will Undertaker ever truly retire if this option is always open to the company?
I genuinely do not think we have seen the last of the undertaker in action. If he were to retire from WWE the company would make a massive deal over it, after all he has gave so much to the industry and he clearly deserves a good send off.