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New Report on Undertaker’s Health, Will He Skip WrestleMania?

– New details are coming out about The Undertaker’s status for WrestleMania 29 and it’s said that The Deadman is not in good shape at all. One thing that wasn’t reported after his WrestleMania match with Triple H this year is that the hip replacement he had a few years back was damaged pretty bad.

There is talk that some of the surgical work he has had done over the past few years is really beat up to the point that he’s back to square one. Taker had been going to see specialists in New York but he is so beat up now that WWE has been flying the doctors to his home in Texas instead.

There is also a lot of talk within WWE that if he does end up doing anything at WrestleMania 29, it likely won’t be a big time physical match like we are used to. As we have noted, there is talk of having Taker work the Royal Rumble as a surprise entrant with the idea he can do a few memorable spots before being eliminated.

Right now The Undertaker is not being figured into any major WrestleMania plans internally. The feeling is if he wants to do it and feels like he can do it, WWE will make room for him. It wouldn’t be the first time but it’s possible could see The Undertaker skip a WrestleMania in 2013.

Some people within WWE are under the impression that the “end of an era” hype from this year’s WrestleMania against Triple H really was the end as far as big time WrestleMania matches for The Undertaker go.

Source: PWInsider

  • Russell

    I think it’s time he retired. The ‘End of an Era’ match was one of the best matches in WrestleMania history and he was in the ring with two of his greatest rivals throughout his career, his wife’s pregnant, he’s nearly 50 years old and his health is declining because he over-delivers. He could have retired anytime after 1996 and been remembered as one of the greatest of all time but I honestly can’t see a better time for him to hang up the boots than now. He has NOTHING to left to prove to ANYONE. HALL OF FAME 2013!

  • wf3458

    Jon just shut up. No person is perfect heck you treat Hogan tell well tell Taker how many wifes he cheated or how all his kids have different mothers. Yes Hogan is not perfect and yes Taker is a great wrestler but if you treat Hogan bad the same can be said about Undertaker.

  • D2K

    I agree it doesn’t really help his career at all to wrestle again. I would have been fine if his match against HBK at WM25 was his last match. Quite frankly it should have stopped there.

  • Devil_Rising

    Again, for the umpteenth time, prefacing my comment by stating that I am one of biggest Undertaker fans of all time, bar none.

    What the man NEEDS to do, is skip WM for the rest of his life, at least match-wise. He’s 20-0. That’s a perfect mark. He’s to the point in his career where there’s nothing left to prove, and now it sounds like his health is really deteriorating. If he wants to have any kind of decent quality of life from here on out, he really, seriously needs to retire for good. Go in the HOF. Be honored for all he’s accomplished. There’s nothing left FOR him to accomplish that actually matters. He’s getting closer and closer to 50 years old. If he doesn’t want to be a hobbled old shell of his former self, like Flair or Hogan, then he needs to keep his own word from years ago, and hang it up BEFORE he gets to that point.

    There’s just literally no point to him going beyond 20-0. It’s already astronomical, something no one else will achieve. He’s already one of the greatest of all time, Top 10, even Top 5. I just don’t think he needs to go on. I know it’s hard for a lot of guys to fully walk away, and he doesn’t need to do that. He could still make appearances (even IF he shouldn’t have shaved his head). But he doesn’t need to wrestle anymore, and I honestly wish he wouldn’t for his own sake.

  • Ray

    I think his health is more important than any wrestling match. Time to look forward to father hood.

  • David

    I don’t understand how he could not heal when hes having one match per year.

  • MaxSimi Dude

    AHHHH!!! A WrestleMania without Taker! Somebody kill me! Just kidding, don’t kill me!

  • Jon

    You have to know Taker too. If he has a chance he will take it to return in the ring. Taker is just that kind of guy. But hip problem i strongly advise not going to the ring.

  • The Undertaker is a new father I mean weather he skips wrestlemania next year is his choice.Ive been a fan of the Undertaker since 1991 and I say he should stay home and take care of his wife Michelle McCool and his new baby

  • Jon

    I hope your right yaz

  • D2K

    @ Jon. Like I said before, this isn’t about who he is as a person. This is about legacy, not personal integrity. There is a very short list of people in the industry that have made it to that level and retain any semblance of integrity.

    You obviously never have seen any of Hogan’s Japanese matches. Allow me.

    No one ‘owns’ anyone in pro wrestling. Last time I checked professional wrestling was not a competitive sport but a show with athletes performing in an environment of predetermined outcomes.

    So Hogan losing twice to Taker means he put Taker OVER twice.

    FOR THE TITLE I might add. That gains more respect than anything else. Might I through in that in 2002 Hogan jobbed clean to Taker, Angle, Lesnar, and the Rock. The fact that Hogan put Taker over twice for the title means that they respect each other.

  • yaz

    i dont believe that one bit. i doubt this.

  • drew

    hate to say it and to see it happen, but i think that it’s time for the undertaker to hang up his wrestling gear and retire, he’s had a good run for the last 20 plus years, given us fans plenty of memorable moments over the years, but his body is just getting too old and he can’t handle wrestling much longer, once again taker, thanks for all the memories if this the end, u were my favorite wrestler for a long time, if this the end once again thanks!

  • Jon

    D2K true and the same could be said about Cena. But Hogan and Cena are different. Never forget Hogan telling his son that they should make a profit when a American soilder in which Nick cause in a race accident is in a hospital with brain injuries.

    But back to Taker nobody can have a move set in his carrier where it evolving even late in the carrier. Hogan just has a leg drop and that about it. And Taker own Hogan in wins 2-1. If Hogan vs Taker where to happen again Taker would own Hogan.

  • D2K

    @Jon: Despite the fact that he has virtually ruined his life, NO ONE can erase what Hulkamania meant for this industry. People will have their opinions about the guy, but when it comes down to it there never has, nor ever will be a bigger name in professional wrestling history than Hulk Hogan.

    That’s not to take away anything from people like Taker, Austin, Rock, Cena, Bret, HBK, and HHH, I’m just being real. Despite all that has happened Hogan could walk into Titan Towers today and be on RAW as soon as Monday.

    …But back to the Undertaker. It would be cool if he got an official send-off either at this year’s Mania, or next year. If I was going to choose an opponent for people whom are left that would add a true sense of drama of him actually losing, it would be Mick Foley. No one has a better win/loss record over the Undertaker than Foley.

    If you give both guys a year to train (and heel) I think they could give us a match we would NEVER forget.

  • Pig

    Time for the Deadman to hang it up before he cant even walk. No entertainment for the fans is worth losing your way of life.

    You’ve contributed enough!

  • JohnCena33

    Skip WM29, but don’t skip WM30. One last match at the 30th edition of Mania. It would be a memorable last match that WWE could hype up. Becuase we all know WWE will milk Taker for all he’s worth.

  • Jon

    Not good news at all. And Taker had one of his great matches at WM 28. Back in the day they said Hogan was the greatest of all time and was immortial but in time it show that Taker was actually the greatest. No one can ever change a gimmick over the years and have new moves even towards late to his carrier ex: hell gates. Punk says he best in the world but to a lot of fans Undertaker is best in the world.

  • Jaime5150

    Put him in the Hall Of Fame

  • My Morning Jacket

    I remember 7 years ago was the first time I was hearing about Undertaker retiring. I used my prom money for a SMACKDOWN! ticket to see him for my first and most likely last time. His entrance and presence was just godly, being in the front row I wasn’t cheering just in awe as he’s one of my inspirations to wrestle. After 20+ years I wouldn’t blame him for hanging up the trench coat. It would be sad but I’m sure we as fans appreciate everything he’s done and can ask no more of him.

  • D2K

    When Andre The Giant left the WWF the torched as passed to the Undertaker as the conscience of the WWF. No superstar in the past 20 years has had the presence of the Undertaker.

    Unfortunately, there is no one available that he can pass the torch to. I think we indeed are seeing the end of an era.

  • john

    when taker leaves WWE ( passes away ) it would be a monumental blow to the WWE! only few of his kind who still wrestle today but by far the undertaker was one of his kind!

  • D2K

    Well, he probably shouldn’t wrestle anymore. None of the people we would want to see him face (i.e. Sting, Lesnar, or Austin) are plausible at this point so he might as well hang them up. 20-0 at Wrestlemania. Good way to end it.

    He can still be around, but no sense in risking permanent damage with another match just to keep the streak going.

  • Pete

    Honestly, this is so sad. He has gave his life to this business and if he is this beat up, he should miss this wrestlemania out. I would love another match but i dont think there will be any more from the deadman. If he is to appear at wrestlemania, i think it would be to announce his retirement, and if it is, it will truly be the end of an era.

  • mtlhitman

    I think Undertaker gave us all he got ! I can only thank him a lot he is my favorite wrestler and since 91 i was fan of him and i dont mind to see him at WrestleMania as a special quick challenge like we could see heath slater challenge some one at wrestlemania and undertaker come out or they could use him as a special enforcer in a main event match but at WrestleMania 30 he as to be inducted into the hall of fame.

  • damkat

    He should come back for wrestlemania and have a retirement spot, then have vince come out and induct him into the HOF instantly

  • xXx

    health and safety first. he’s given more than enough to us fans

  • mabry

    “the end of an era”…. ill sure miss ┬┤em!!!!

  • art

    Retire maybe..i mean if you have to have doctors flown in & you’re in that bad of shape its obvious you shouldn’t be wrestling anymore…

  • WOW

    Good…he looked decent for the HHH match but the year prior he looked like he was going to die in the ring. The shaving of the head(balding im guessing) and the overall shape he is in i think he should just retire and be a husband and father to the best of his ability. His health is only going to get worse as years of abuse sets in on his body.

    Ill miss the deadman as he was one if not my favorite superstar of ALL time. But id rather him go out like he did against HHH this past Mania then come back and be even more of a shell of himself and taint his legend all so WWE can sell a few more PPV’s and that is the only true reason they are curious to his health

  • Say it ain’t so. But if it’s for his own health, fair enough.