Many have been wondering what the actual status of The Undertaker is, and it’s hard to get any kind of concrete answer. He hasn’t been seen since WrestleMania 32, but that isn’t a big surprise as he usually disappears after that event. The thing is, all of the rumors floating around say that he is finished and will never wrestle again, and that he’s retired. Well, Jim Ross has decided to interject his two cents and let the world know what he thinks of The Undertaker being retired.
The Undertaker was scheduled to be a part of the post-WrestleMania tour of Europe, and he was actually scheduled for five appearances. Then, WWE pulled him from three of them, but that still left two more. Eventually, he was pulled from all five appearances and didn’t even travel with the company over to Europe.
In time, it was revealed that The Undertaker didn’t travel to Europe due to the recent terrorist attacks, but nothing more was revealed.
A few weeks ago, there were reports that The Undertaker had told Vince McMahon he was finished wrestling and had been in his last match. It’s hard to think that a Hell in a Cell match against Shane McMahon would be his grand finale, but that was reportedly what he had been telling everyone.
Vince McMahon is obviously going to try to get him to work WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, but he’s going to give The Undertaker time to heal up and rest. There’s a lot of time until that event, and one has to wonder if he really has been in the ring for the last time.
Jim Ross recently posted a blog on JRs Bar BQ, and he spoke about the possible retirement of The Undertaker. Ross didn’t have a lot to say about the situation, but maybe a lot doesn’t need to be said.
“Don’t you think that if the Undertaker had retired from WWE that would have all known about it? Taker is not retired.”
That actually makes a lot of sense and is on par with what a lot of other legends and longtime wrestling personalities think.
It’s hard to think that The Undertaker would go out without any kind of word at all. He’s told WWE in the past that he didn’t want a big match to finish his career or a huge send-off of some kind once he’s ready to retire.
Others don’t believe that he is done wrestling as he was scheduled for the European tour, and just didn’t go due to the safety issues. The Undertaker likely wouldn’t be done with wrestling on the big scene and have a last-ever bout in the dark match of a house show.
No one truly believes that The Undertaker is done, and it’s hard for fans to imagine the wrestling world without him. John Cena even recently spoke with ABC News about how that gimmick and personality is not who he really is, but it’s great for the business.
“…The Undertaker, for example. He doesn’t use his real name and he is characterized as a dead man walking. It’s not something you can see in everyday places. It’s great for promotion and success within our realm but very difficult to promote and succeed outside our realm.”
If The Undertaker has truly wrestled his last-ever match, it’s the end of an era in professional wrestling.
The Undertaker’s current absence from WWE television and from sight entirely is not uncommon and was expected. He could very well not show up again until WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, and that would be something he has actually done before. To say he’s retired, though, and done with wrestling? No one really knows that for sure, but Jim Ross is pretty certain that the world has not seen the last of the one known as “The Deadman.”
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