On the final episode of the WWE Network docuseries Last Ride, the legendary Undertaker once again teased retirement, claiming that he has nothing left to prove and calling his final matchup against AJ Styles at WrestleMania a bout that cannot be topped for his final outing.
Is it what I envisioned when I said yes to the match? Absolutely not. But, it was damn good. And damn good was what I was looking for. It’s like, how do you top that?
The Deadman brings up the passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryan as a wake-up call for him to enjoy time with his family.
Even before my brother passed, Kobe Bryant’s death was amazing how that struck home. It made me realize that I’m not getting this time back and it’s time to be present and give home what I give the business. Cause you never know. You never know when your number is going to get called. I don’t want to miss out on anything else because I feel like I have to have this certain match to walk away. My career. My legacy. It speaks for itself and I’m happy with it. At the end of the day, that’s really all that matters and I have this other life that I need to go and experience and enjoy the fruits of my labor and enjoy the blessings that I have. My wife and my children.
He later adds that he could be much more serviceable outside the ring than inside.
There’s nothing left for me to conquer. There’s nothing left for me to accomplish. The game has changed. It’s time for new guys to come up and, I don’t know, the time just seems right. I think this documentary has helped me discover that. It’s really opened my eyes to the bigger picture and it’s allowed me to not judge myself as harshly on these last few years and to see things on a broader scale. My peers, given their insight, really got a genuine sense that they care for me and want the best for me. It’s been very humbling allowing this part of me to come out and have people accept it. I’ve only given them The Undertaker. They haven’t got Mark Calaway and all signs there that they’ve accepted Mark Calaway. I can do more good outside the ring now than I can inside. And I’m finally at a place where I’m able to accept that. And I’m okay with it.