The Undertaker spent the best part of three decades at the top of WWE, debuting in unstoppable fashion at Survivor Series in 1990 and last competing in the incredible Boneyard Match that headlined WrestleMania 36.
The legendary competitor took his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2022 but was on hand for a surprise appearance at the 30th anniversary of Raw where he shared a special moment with Bray Wyatt.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani for BT Sport, The Undertaker revealed that WWE has offered him the chance to pass on his decades of experience to a new generation as a coach but he isn’t quite ready for that:
“I’ve been, I’ve been approached about doing it. My deal is, is trying to take what I did in my era and applying it to where the product is now. It’s tough. It’s tough for me. I’m still coming to grips with not being in the ring, too. It’s tough for me. Even the other night, I have to say, man, I was in the ring, man. I’m feeling pretty good.”
The Undertaker added that despite how he feels, he doesn’t think he’ll ever compete in the ring again and says he does not want to become a parody of himself:
“I don’t think so. No, no. I guess you never say never. I don’t really have any aspirations to get back in the ring. I would love to be able to. I mean, in my mind and in my heart, there’s nothing I’d rather do, really.
“Physically, I can’t deliver what I think people need or what people would expect from me, and I have this conversation a lot of times, ‘But you know, all you’d have to do is go out, Chokeslam somebody and roll your eyes,’ and I’m like, ‘I can’t do it that way. I can’t live off the equity that I’ve built up over 20-30 years. My legacy means something to me.’
“I tell people that if I’m on TV, I’m taking time away from somebody else that’s going to be on the road and is going to be relevant 5-10 years down the road. I just can’t do it. I can’t physically give people what they expect when they see Undertaker’s name on the page. So I don’t want to become a parody of myself.”
The Undertaker also explained why he has retired the wide-brimmed hat and long leather jacket, saying that his Deadman persona is no more.