The curtain dropped on the unparalleled career of The Undertaker in WWE at last Sunday’s Survivor Series. The who’s-who of yesteryear’s stars showed up for the Final Farewell segment at the end of the PPV event.
After 30 years of giving his all to the business, the time has come to let The Undertaker “Rest in Peace”, The Deadman himself said in his final in-ring appearance.
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— IG:__Jozu__ (@jozuintern) November 23, 2020
But does that mean he will not be a part of WWE after Sunday? The Undertaker does not think so.
The Undertaker plans on paying it forward
For someone who has such obvious love and respect for the business of pro wrestling as The Undertaker does, it is impossible to stay too far away, even in retirement.
He previously said that he had a chat with Triple H about taking up a coaching role at the Performance Center. In an interview with Inside The Rope, The Undertaker said that he is eager to pay it forward what the business gave him, and is interested in sharing his knowledge with the up and coming talent.
“One of the things that interests me a lot are paying it forward, meaning working with the talent that’s coming up, and trying to give them some of my insight and my experience. Although the product is changing and evolving, I think there’s a lot of what I did and aspects to storytelling that’s missing in today’s game. So I think that’s where I think I can be an asset to the guys, guys and gals, of the next generation.” (H/t 411 Mania)
The second post-retirement plan
The other plan he has after retiring from action is to interact more with his fans and followers. Throughout his career, The Undertaker was one of the most dedicated protectors of kayfabe, almost never breaking his character.
He participated in very little fan interaction and rarely gave interviews. That has obviously changed in the last few years. He has opened up social media accounts and given quite a few interviews.
The Undertaker said he enjoys getting to hear fans’ stories and how his character impacted their lives.
“And then secondly, I’ve contained myself within that character for so long, I’m creating more opportunities now to get out and meet with my fans and have interactions, more personal interactions with signings and different things. I really enjoy that, and getting to hear some of my fans’ stories, and how the character has affected their lives, all that’s good. So although I may not be in the ring very often, I’ll still be around.”
It is safe to assume from his words that The Undertaker might have retired, but Mark Calaway will definitely be around to give it back to the fans and new WWE talents.