Nothing is ever set in stone with wrestling retirements but there is a real possibility that The Undertaker’s match with AJ Styles in the boneyard at WWE WrestleMania could have been his last appearance as a wrestler.
Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Taker has wanted to retire on a high note. It was clear watching his segment with AJ Styles last night that everything was edited in a way to make Taker look as strong as possible. In many ways, he was presented to look like he did in the early 2000s when he was the American Badass.
Meltzer said, “There’s been a lot of talk that he wanted to retire on a good note because he’s had these bad matches. If that’s the case, this would be the way to retire.”
Taker has not looked great in the ring in recent years because he’s dealing with injuries and his match with Goldberg last year was heavily criticized by fans. He also had hip replacement surgery and that has severely limited his mobility. It’s the same surgery that guys like Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper had. After the surgery, they were never the same in the ring.
There have been retirement rumors about The Undertaker for almost 20 years dating back to the late 90s when he first talked about wanting to step away from in-ring action. The reason why the call was made to break the streak at WrestleMania 30 is that the feeling was that his match with Brock Lesnar was his last. There was another retirement tease a couple of years later when he lost to Roman Reigns.
At 55 years old, it seems like now is the time to step away from the ring. If Taker wanted his last great “match” where he looked credible, then he got that last night at WrestleMania.