The legendary Undertaker was recently interviewed by Loudwire to discuss some of his favorite metal bands and use of music throughout his illustrious career. During the interview the Deadman would speak about his laurels, and state that it is his duty to perform as best as he can each time he steps into the ring.
Coming up through the years in the business, I’ve seen a lot of people that probably should’ve hung it up a long time ago, but basically were resting on their laurels and resting on their previous accomplishments. It just kind of always rubbed me the wrong way. Obviously, I know I don’t move the way I did in 2003 and my body isn’t where it was, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t go out and give everything that I have. People pay a lot of money to come see us work. You have to go out and perform. It’s not what I used to to, it’s what I’m doing right now. That’s always bothered me. You can’t just rely on what you’ve done, it’s what you’re doing in the present. That’s the way I always look at it; I have to go and give everything that I have, the ability to give, because that’s what people are expecting and that’s why they’ve stayed fans for so long. They know I don’t mail it in, I try to deliver the best that I can deliver on any given night.
Later he explains how important the pro-wrestling business has meant to him, and appreciates the near three-decade support from the fans.
I want people to understand how much this all has meant to me, how much I appreciate the people I’ve worked with through the years, how much I appreciate what they’ve done for me and that character. I want our fans to understand how much I appreciate them supporting me for so long and having so many special moments with them. I want people to have an understanding of how important this all was to me and what it meant for me to perform. I really try to never take anything for granted and try to always deliver for my fans. Overall, if you set your mind to doing something, sometimes there’s going to be bumps in the road and things aren’t going to go the way you want them to go, but if you keep your eye on the goal then you can achieve it. You just have to stay focused, dedicated, determined and you can get your way through just about anything.