The Undertaker recently did an interview with ESPN to promote his new documentary that is titled, Undertaker: The Last Ride, and is slated to air on WWE’s streaming service, WWE Network starting this Sunday morning.
A new clip from the documentary gave a behind the scenes look at The Undertaker doing a rehearsal of his entrance at WrestleMania 33 in 2017. You can watch that clip here.
This is where the legendary pro wrestling took on Roman Reigns in the main event of this show, which was criticized by fans and one that many thought might serve as Taker’s retirement match due to the way that the show ended. After the match, Taker placed his gloves and hat in the middle of the ring.
In this interview, Taker was honest with his take regarding the match and how he wasn’t pleased with it. However, he does take the blame for it being lackluster.
“That was one of those times it was tough having the cameras there. That was the first time that I watched that match back. I was so disgusted with it that I didn’t want to watch it back.”
Taker then talked about how WrestleMania is on Sunday and then WWE has Raw the following night. During catering before Raw, all of the wrestlers would watch the replay of WrestleMania to see their match but he couldn’t do it. Taker noted that he couldn’t watch himself in that atmosphere because he wanted to do so alone and at home.
Taker stated that he wasn’t looking for the good but rather the bad stuff and things that he could’ve done differently. He didn’t want to hear any praise from anyone.
Taker recalled back earlier in his career where he would watch his matches with that same mentality.
“As I got older … I know when I’m out there and I’m moving slow. I know when my limp is more prominent that it may be. Or when I’m behind in a spot. I just know now. “[Watching that match], I’m battling with it. I was so disappointed for Roman.
Even after Brock Lesnar beat the streak, for guys coming up to have a match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania — especially where Roman was at — it was important for his career. Especially because he was going over. For me, in that role, I wanted to do the very best that I could do for Roman. I think the world of him. You want to be able to do the best you can for him, and you know you have no business being in the ring.”
Taker continued by noting how he could’ve mailed it in and protected himself do a few things he knew he could but that’s not the way he works. He also doesn’t think that it would’ve been fair to Reigns either.
He felt that the harder he tried and the more things he did, it just turned out to not be a good night. He noted that it was really disappointing. During the documentary, Taker watched the match and pointed that out in this interview by mentioning how he did so in front of the crew.
“You could just tell from the expression on my face that I wasn’t really pleased with it.”
Taker had a lot to say in this interview including the documentary, his Boneyard Match with AJ Styles and more. You can read it here.