The Undertaker Doesn't Think Today's Wrestlers Know How To Create & Protect A Character

The Undertaker shares his opinion on the lost art of protecting a character in wrestling.

In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani for BT Sport, The Undertaker talked about his view that today's wrestlers don't understand the notion of creating and developing a character. The WWE Hall of Famer explained:

“I think a lot of our talent, not just our talent, but just in general, they don’t understand any concept of protecting a character or even developing a character enough to want to protect it. They go and do something on TV, and then you go to their social media, and they’re completely different. I’m a dinosaur. I am. I mean my mentality is still 20 years ago, but you know, I guess there’s a reason too why I lasted as long as I did. It’s just like, gosh, just live it a little bit. You don’t have to go to the extremes that I did, but man, just kind of be in real life just a little bit. If you’re going to post something, at least kind of match what you’re trying to convince people that you’re this or you’re that.”

However, the Deadman did also have positive words regarding today's wrestlers, specifically in terms of in-ring ability - an aspect of professional wrestling he sees as having undergone a huge evolution. 

“I love the athleticism now. I guess it’s the video game era. I’ve gotten a lot of heat over saying the guys play video games too much and they don’t pay enough attention to the work, but, what they can do physically is stuff I couldn’t even imagine doing and these guys are all like human video games. Their dedication to taking care of themselves is far better than what my generation did. There’s a lot less bad habits. They consider themselves professional athletes and conduct themselves that way. The evolution of the athleticism is nuts to me. I just watch sometimes and I’m like, ‘How do you even think that? How do you even think to do that?’ I mean, it’s one thing thinking it and then being able to go out and do it is just I’m glad I can throw a punch.”

H/T to WrestleZone.

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