The Undertaker Explains Why He's Glad He Retired In Front Of No Fans
The Undertaker reflects on his retirement
The COVID-19 pandemic saw swathes of the entertainment and sports world perform in front of no fans, with the likes of pro wrestling and Premier League football two such occurrences where the show went on in empty stadia.
Whilst most wrestlers bemoaned the lack of fans in attendance, The Undertaker has seemingly found one positive from the empty arena days, saying the following to Chris Van Vliet:
“Even though I knew I was done, and it was over, like, I didn't want to cry. I didn't want to break down. I was still trying to protect that character. I was like, man if I'm out here in front of a live audience, like, I mean you saw how hard of a time I had at that at the Hall of Fame, and you know, that's another year or two later, I would have been a wreck because I didn't want to retire. In my mind, in my heart, there's nothing more that I want to do than get in the ring and perform. You know, it was my body that just said, ‘No, you're done dude, We got everything out of this we can get, and it's time for you to move aside and let these guys come up.’ So I would have been a wreck if there had been people there and, you know, all that kayfabing I did and protecting the character would have been destroyed in one promo. I would have been balling,” revealed Taker.
After his final match against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36, The Undertaker had his official retirement ceremony at Survivor Series 2020, 30 years after his on-screen debut at Survivor Series 1990.