The Undertaker made some comments on the Joe Rogan Experience that were seen as pretty controversial by a few people. He said that wrestlers today aren’t as tough as the past generation. This generated quite a discussion within the pro wrestling community.
The Dead Man said that where you used to see wrestlers with guns and knives out in the locker room, now they’re playing video games.
Roman Reigns recently spoke to the Sports Illustrated Media podcast where he discussed The Deadman’s comments. He believes that The Undertaker misspoke because The Undertaker is very knowledgeable, and “he’s a good guy.” In the end, pro wrestlers today do the same job and taking those bumps doesn’t get any easier.
The Tribal Chief also made it clear that you can’t travel with guns and knives like they used to in the “good old days.” With security checkpoints at airports, WWE Superstars would get held up by TSA on a daily basis.
“It’s strange. I really feel like he misspoke. Because Mark is a really good guy. He’s very knowledgeable. Obviously, he has a ton of respect for the business. Goldberg is just Goldberg. Who cares? But he’s talking about guns and knives in the locker room. Come on. You guys travel just like we did. Did you really get that stuff through security? TSA was just letting everything happen back then? I choose to play video games sometimes on my own time. I don’t do it at work. As you can see, some of my character is based around it. I’ve always been one that networked and politicked and tried to communicate and work while I’m at work. Some guys choose to stay in the locker room. And for guys like the New Day who are überly talented, they can get away with that.”
“I hope the younger guys in the locker room don’t fall into that because we’re not all the same. I have to put my whole mind into work as I come to work on a Friday. Sometimes my wife has to tell me to shut it off. She’ll be like, ‘Stop, be at home, be present.’ Because I can’t turn it off sometimes and I think to be at the highest level of anything, you have to be borderline obsessive. So, yeah, I don’t always think there’s room for video games in the locker room, but when we’re running our regular touring system and it’s a live event and there’s nowhere to go, you got kicked out of the hotel because you couldn’t get the late check out, you already hit the gym, you already picked up your food and you’re sitting in the locker room, I’d rather my guys be playing video games than breaking into a bag of some sort.”
The conversation will likely carry on as fans compare this generation to the past. Mick Foley also stated that he believes this crop of pro wrestlers are just as tough as any. This generation of pro wrestlers certainly seems to take care of themselves and look toward the future more than the past, and that’s not a bad thing.