The Undertaker revealed that his ‘never say never’ line in ‘The Last Ride’ was insisted to be added by Vince McMahon himself.
The Undertaker finally retired from WWE in the aftermath of his Wrestlemania 36 main event against AJ Styles. It was the best chance for retirement for the veteran, who thrived in the cinematic environment of the match.
After Wrestlemania, a six-part documentary series named ‘The Last Ride’ was released. The series, which went into a first-time deep study of The Deadman’s career, especially his last three years as a wrestler.
In the final episode of the documentary, The Undertaker announced his retirement, saying “This time the cowboy really rides away.” However, Vince McMahon did not want the fans to believe that Taker was done in the ring, thus insisting on addition on a line hinting a return at some point in the future.
“I had to send the last 15 minutes of the final episode to the Chairman. Needless to say, he did not like the ending. That’s why we had to put the “Never Say Never” line back in there, just to leave the door open.”
The Undertaker Is Still Not At Peace As A Retired Man
The Undertaker faced internal and external conflicts about retirement, but the documentary made him sure to stick to the decision.
“I needed to get a point where this documentary will solidify [my retirement] and I wouldn’t have a choice. It was almost like I needed somebody to put the bullet in there and stop it.”
However, he still cannot fully come to peace as a retired man. “Obviously, as we get closer to March-April, I’ll have that internal feeling that I should be getting ready for something. Maybe once we get past that stage, I’ll be able to breathe a little easier,” The Undertaker said.
For several years, Mark Calaway has been very hermetic about his personal life, being only presented in character to maintain the mystique of the gimmick. Finally in the final year of his career, he let the fans have a look into his persona and psyche, and interviews like this will only increase knowledge about one of the greatest prowrestlers of all time.
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