The final chapter of “Undertaker: Last Ride” aired on the WWE Network back in June.
The last moments of the episode saw Taker talking about how he was finally okay with the idea of stepping away from being an in-ring wrestler. He talked about how the Boneyard Match was a perfect ending to his career but added that “time will only tell” if Vince McMahon contacts him in the future. He stated that at this point in his life he has no desire to step back into the ring.
At the time, the way it came across made some fans think he actually retired while others thought this was a way to keep the door open to a possible return. WWE later confirmed his retirement.
While doing an interview with Barstool Sports, Taker was asked about how the documentary impacted his decision to retire. This is where he revealed that McMahon didn’t like the original ending to the docuseries and that’s the reason they added the “never say never line” to keep things open.
“That is a great question, that’s probably the best question anybody has asked me. It was in my thought process. I have a whole group of people who are like, ‘You can go out and do this, people will go crazy and they’re going to love it.’
On the inside, I’m thinking, ‘I don’t move the way I used to move, it’s a watered-down version.’ I also love this business so much and love performing for 33 years if you count before WWE. It’s almost like I needed somebody to put the bullet in there and stop.
Once we started rolling with this, it was in the back of my mind, ‘I can get to a point where this will solidify it and I won’t have a choice.’ Originally, that’s where I was at until I had to send the last 15 minutes of the last episode to the Chairman [McMahon].
Needless to say….he didn’t like the ending at all. That’s where we put the line back in there, ‘never say never.’ I’m coming to grips with it. Obviously, as we get close to March or April [WrestleMania], I’ll have that internal feeling like I should be getting ready for something.”
You can watch the entire interview by clicking on the player below (quotes can be found around the 25-minute mark):