The legendary career of The Undertaker seems to be at an end.
On the final episode of Undertaker: The Last Ride, The Undertaker – Mark Calaway – stated that he believes his Boneyard Match against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36 is his final match. Calaway did not rule out the possibility of coming back if needed by Vince McMahon, but right now he has no desire to get back in the ring.
“If Vince was in a pinch, would I come back? I guess time will only tell there. In case of emergency, break glass, you pull out The Undertaker. I would have to consider that. Never say never. But at this point in my life, and in my career, I have no desire to get back in the ring.”
The final episode of the critically acclaimed series debuted on Sunday night. During the episode, Calaway talks about how his match against Goldberg at Super ShowDown in June 2019 led to him deciding to step away. During the match, a concussed Goldberg tried to give Undertaker a Jackhammer, only to nearly spike him on his head.
“Something nearly catastrophic happened. It wasn’t anybody’s fault, it was just something that happened. But I was two inches away from probably having my neck broken. Once those thoughts, once they get in there, it’s really difficult to get them out.”
After appearing on The Broken Skull Sessions with Steve Austin, AJ Styles offered to be Undertaker’s last WrestleMania opponent. Throughout the series, Calaway was unsure about leaving the wrestling business, but by the end appears to be at ease with the decision.
“The big thing is, I’m okay. I’m okay mentally and emotionally if I’m not an in-ring performer any more… This time the cowboy really rides away. I’m good to walk away. Because when we started this whole thing I wasn’t.”
— WWE (@WWE) June 21, 2020