The Undertaker is one of the greatest characters in the history of professional wrestling, and even after wrestling for more than three decades, the Deadman is still going strong inside the ring. The Undertaker: Last Ride series airs right after Money in the Bank this Sunday, which will explore the Phenom’s wrestling career.
The Undertaker recently spoke with ESPN and talked about his WrestleMania 33 main-event matchup with Roman Reigns. The match went last on the show, over the Universal and WWE title matches, and was touted as the passing of the torch. The match was widely panned for being too long and too slow, with Reigns receiving tremendous backlash on the very next night on RAW.
The Undertaker himself wasn’t quite pleased with the way that match went and said he was ‘disgusted’ after watching the replay. The Undertaker is on the wrong side of 50 and has endured tremendous damage over the years, which is taking a major toll on his in-ring performances.
“That was one of those times it was tough having the cameras there. That was the first time that I watched that match back. I was so disgusted with it that I didn’t want to watch it back.”
This was largely considered as the last match for Taker, who broke kayfabe and kissed his wife Michelle McCool after the match. He left his attire in the ring, possibly signaling the end of his career. However, Taker returned at Mania the very next year, and squashed John Cena in a dream matchup.
Taker felt he couldn’t give Reigns the proper rub, and was disappointed in himself. He wanted to ensure Reigns looks as good as possible, but he was unable to do so.
“As I got older … I know when I’m out there and I’m moving slow. I know when my limp is more prominent that it may be. Or when I’m behind in a spot. I just know now. “[Watching that match], I’m battling with it. I was so disappointed for Roman.”
The Undertaker received rave reviews for his match against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36, and he could still continue with WWE in these cinematic matchups.