Mick Foley recently did an interview with Alex McCarthy of TalkSport to discuss a wide range of topics including The Undertaker.
The WWE Network has done a great job with their docuseries on the legendary pro wrestler. The series follows Taker over the last few years and one of the main topics covered in it is his struggle to walk away from the pro wrestling business.
While Taker has talked about wanting to go out with one more great match that ultimately makes him think he can do another one but if he has a bad match then he feels that he has to redeem himself. As many wrestlers have said, it’s a vicious cycle.
According to Foley, there’s also another reason why Taker struggles to walk away from the business and it’s financial.
“I had the perfect goodbye in 2000 at WrestleMania. I had it again with Randy Orton at Backlash in 2004. I think people take the financials out of the equation. It’s one thing to say I had the perfect exit, but then you’re like ‘I’m 34, what do I do?’ In my case, I realized wow, I’ve written two best-selling novels.
That’s hundreds of hours in solitude, months away from your family on the road promoting the book where you don’t get paid, and then it’s like I could make the same amount of money for a match against Carlito? With the economy falling apart a couple of times and you have half of what you think you have, you owe it to your family sometimes to come back and make a living.
So I think the romance is in having the perfect match and the storybook ending, but the reality is we have this skill set that allows us to make a good living, but we can’t make that living without employing that skillset.”
Foley continued by talking about how Undertaker got a 15-year contract with the company and that he would assume that Taker having an “amazing match” with AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36 would be a perfect way to ride off into the sunset.
As far as Foley is concerned, Taker had that storybook ending and now has a 15-year deal so he might feel content with retirement.
Foley also talked about his struggle to retire, working a limited schedule, and more. You can check out the full interview here.