The Undertaker “dead” rumors are bound to start up, thanks to a recent Limp Bizkit performance in which lead singer Fred Durst had this to say.
“This next song goes out to our friend Mark Calaway, The Undertaker. He’s not doing real well right now and we want all our fans to keep him in their thoughts and prayers,” the singer said.
(Hat tip to The Independent.)
Durst and Company then broke in to the song “Rollin’,” which The Undertaker once used as his entrance music. Naturally, those who were in attendance and who heard about it later, assumed the Deadman was on death’s door.
Not helping the WWE superstar’s case is his absence from television since dropping his famous Undertaker Streak at WrestleMania 30 to now WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.
The match was widely criticized for being “boring” and a “technical disaster,” in which the Beast Incarnate had to carry the Deadman on his shoulders to the match’s conclusion.
The Undertaker was later carted off to a hospital, and since that time, he’s only turned up on wife Michelle McCool’s Instagram account.
McCool, hearing of the rumors, decided to set the record straight by telling fans on Sunday that all was “good in the hood.”
While there is no mystery now as to the mortality of The Undertaker, we do have to question what kind of a career the man has left in the ring.
He appears to be nowhere close to competition shape, nor did he appear to be ready for a guy like Brock Lesnar in April. Furthermore, the facial expression here looks blank, as one might expect from an athlete who’s had one too many concussions during his career.
Fans still don’t know the full extent of what he suffered at the hands of Brock Lesnar five months ago, and it’s hard to imagine just from the mounting evidence that he would be ready for another match by March 29, 2015, when WrestleMania 31 drops.
While many of you have expressed a desire to see Sting vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania, it’s hard to see the value in such a match at this point in time.
The Deadman is too out-of-shape to work as snugly as he used to; he’s slower than he’s ever been, and has lost the ability to tell a story in the ring.
While Sting is still in pretty good shape, he has lost some steps. Seeing the two go at it at this point would do nothing but tarnish the memory of each, and serve as boring filler on the way to the Main Event.
Is that really how either man should be remembered?
I do hope he gets to feeling better if he is, in fact, sick, but it’s long past time to hang it up. Hopefully, The Undertaker knows this. But what do you think, readers? Sound off in our comments section.