The Undertaker’s mind in pro wrestling is well respected, and he has a lot to offer. That being said, he isn’t down to take just any job that WWE offers him, as enticing as it might be.
While speaking with Ariel Helwani, The Undertaker revealed that has been approached about becoming a WWE Performance Center coach. He has still come to grips with being out of the ring himself, so it’s tough for him right now.
“I’ve been, I’ve been approached about doing it. My deal is, is trying to take what I did in my era and applying it to where the product is now. It’s tough. It’s tough for me. I’m still coming to grips with not being in the ring, too. It’s tough for me. Even the other night, I have to say, man, I was in the ring, man. I’m feeling pretty good.”
An in-ring return for the Undertaker is not going to happen. This is something he made very clear, but he doubled-down on this statement when he was asked about the possibility of that happening.
“I don’t think so. No, no. I guess you never say never. I don’t really have any aspirations to get back in the ring. I would love to be able to. I mean, in my mind and in my heart, there’s nothing I’d rather do, really.
“Physically, I can’t deliver what I think people need or what people would expect from me, and I have this conversation a lot of times, ‘But you know, all you’d have to do is go out, Chokeslam somebody and roll your eyes,’ and I’m like, ‘I can’t do it that way. I can’t live off the equity that I’ve built up over 20-30 years. My legacy means something to me.’
“I tell people that if I’m on TV, I’m taking time away from somebody else that’s going to be on the road and is going to be relevant 5-10 years down the road. I just can’t do it. I can’t physically give people what they expect when they see Undertaker’s name on the page. So I don’t want to become a parody of myself.”
The Undertaker could still have a lot to give the pro wrestling business, and The Deadman is not dead yet. He will always be a part of WWE culture, so his presence at the Performance Center on a regular basis could really help out some young Superstars.
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