The Undertaker’s wife Michelle McCool did an interview with NYPost.com where she spoke about the process of getting the legendary pro wrestler ready for a match.
In recent years, Taker has reduced how many matches he works per year and there’s a good reason for it. He needs time to physically prepare to step into the squared circle and put on a performance.
“It’s almost like a fighting camp. For so many years other than the last two years,” McCool stated.
McCool continued by noting how before that time period, he was literally doing WrestleMania then having a major surgery and rehabbing whatever he had to get fixed. Then come January he would start getting mentally prepared to start training for WrestleMania.
“It’s like an eight-to-10-week process of hard training, eating right, getting in the ring because no matter how much you lift and condition, the ring is just a whole different beast.”
McCool then looked back on Taker’s match against Goldberg last year at the WWE Super Showdown event. She talked about how she wants Taker to work with someone who is safe but age isn’t always a factor in that.
She brought up Taker working AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36 and praised Styles for being someone who can put on a good yet safe match.
She continued, “If they need him (Mark) on the card, he’s gonna be sitting by the phone waiting. If Vince (McMahon) calls and he needs to pull him out of the bullpen he’ll be ready to go. But it’s not that he’s seeking out opponents or matches.”
McCool also shared in this interview how The Undertaker’s undefeated streak almost ended years before WrestleMania 30. For more on that, click here.