The Undertaker is one of the most respected men in the professional wrestling industry so when he says something bothers him about his business, many people listen.
In the pro wrestling documentary Omnit Stories Presents: True Wrestling, Ricky Starks, Aaron Solow and The Undertaker sat down fore a barbeque and talked the business.
What bothers Undertaker about wrestling today?
In the documentary, which you can see below, Undertaker talked about the things in wrestling today that bothers him.
Undertaker mentioned how people today just want to do cool moves that make the fans pop. He said someone will want to do a backflip and then someone will want to one-up it by doing two flips. Soon, there is nothing left to do to beat the last big move.
However, Undertaker said that hitting big moves is nice, but it sometimes gets in the way of telling stories in the ring. He said that one of the “finer nuances” of professional wrestling is telling “physical, painful stories” in the ring and that is getting lost in many matches these days.
Did Undertaker ever think of quitting?
Undertaker is still going strong. While many people expect him to wrestle at WrestleMania every year, he has actually wrestled in four major matches this year.
He squashed John Cena at WrestleMania 34, beat Rusev in a Madison Square Garden casket match and then went to Australia to lose to Triple H and to Saudi Arabia to lose in a tag team match with Kane to DX.
Undertaker admitted that he is considering finally retiring now, to protect himself, considering the damage he is doing to his body at his age. However, when he was full-time, Undertaker never once considered leaving professional wrestling.
“Even when the business took a real nose-dive, you’re thinking, ‘OK, how are we gonna get out of this? What we gonna do? We can work harder.’ The one thing I was really good at, and in my mind anyway, if anybody else feels that way is another story, but in my mind, I felt like it was always where I belonged, and what I should be doing.”
He also sent out a message to youngsters coming up in the indies. Undertaker said it is all a rung on the ladder and they need to keep learning because everything happens for a reason to prepare them for bigger things.