While he may have tacked on the classic “never say never” phrase to it, The Undertaker ended his documentary series by making it sound like he’s retiring from in-ring competition.
Chapter 5 of “The Last Ride” titled “Revelation” dropped Sunday on WWE Network.
For those who haven’t been watching the show, Taker aka Mark Calaway has been on the hunt for one final match he can be proud of. Each time he’s tried, however, things didn’t go exactly as he wanted or he was somewhat disappointed in the final product.
This episode goes behind the scenes of his Boneyard match with AJ Styles at WrestleMania and ends with “The Deadman” saying he thought it was damn good.
“Is it what I envisioned when I said yes to the match? Absolutely not,” he said. “But, it was damn good. And damn good was what I was looking for. It’s like, how do you top that?”
The footage then jumps to two months later and shows Undertaker fishing with Michelle McCool. Michelle reveals Mark’s brother passed away the week of filming, as well as her 18-year-old nephew.
“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,” he added.
“I don’t want to miss out on anything else because I feel like I have to have this certain match to walk away,” Undertaker continued. “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.”
The 55-year-old also says he feels like he had the perfect ending to his career by beating one of the top stars in the company in a hellacious match, then riding off into the night on a motorcycle.
“If Vince was in a pinch, would I come back? I guess time will only tell there. In case of emergency break glass. You pull out The Undertaker. I mean I would have to consider that. Never say never, but … at this point in my life, and in my career, I have no desire to get back in the ring.”
“This time the cowboy really rides away,” he added.
“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.”
The full episode can be streamed now on WWE Network.