The Undertaker played his last match against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36. The former WWE Champion used the 'American Badass' gimmick, leaving everyone speechless and clinching victory at the end of an electrifying match.
Within the docu-series The Last Ride, the Deadman admitted that he could no longer sustain the efforts required by professional wrestling and did not want to ruin his image. His official retirement took place at the 2020 Survivor Series, where his legendary career had begun 30 years earlier.
Numerous friends and colleagues wanted to pay homage to the 'Phenom', including the likes of Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Kane, Ric Flair, JBL, Big Show, Savio Vega, Mick Foley and Shane McMahon. In a long interview with Sportskeeda, former WWE superstar Caylen Croft did not rule out a resounding return of Taker to the ring.
The match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33 should have been the last of his career, but the Digger returned to action at the request of Vince McMahon. Croft said: "My thoughts on The Undertaker? Well, I wouldn't be surprised if he gets back in the ring one more time.
It has happened before." In a recent interview with the Dallas Morning News, the Gravedigger denied the rumors of his possible return to WrestleMania 38. We recall that the next edition of the Showcase of the Immortals will be held in the wonderful setting of the AT&T Stadium.
"In my head I would still like to be present at WrestleMania, especially in such a setting. However, it is now clear that I am no longer able to perform at the highest level. I could get in the ring and play a match, but I wouldn't be able to offer people what they expect of me.
When you see The Undertaker, you pretend to see a great show. I can't meet people's expectations right now. The passion is still intact, but my time in the ring is over."
WWE may also release Goldberg!
Over the past few months, WWE has worked hard to cut all those unnecessary costs that have weighed on its coffers for years.
The problem is that by cutting those costs, the federation has gone to release several employees, including wrestlers, road agents, referees, various insiders and even employees of the Stamford offices, with the WWE two years ago having at least 300 employees in more.
Obviously, all this was for a good 50% initially due to the covid, with the global academy that for almost a whole year blocked the WWE entirely, without letting any fans enter the live shows of the company, which had to invent itself also the ThunderDome, to remedy the lack of noise and people in the stands.
The loss of live show revenue and the missed tours that brought WWE a lot of money, even for the merchandise sold, as well as for the tickets sold, meant that WWE put in place a policy of unnecessary cost cutting, which not going to look anyone in the face, eventually seeing big names such as Braun Strowman, Nia Jax or Bray Wyatt excluded from the WWE main roster.
Apparently, after seeing the abandonment of the WWE of great athletes like Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano and Daniel Bryan, another great athlete could leave, obviously here we are talking about a real pro-wrestling legend: Bill Goldberg, already WWE Hall of Famer, as well as a recent former McMahon Federation World Champion.
In his agreement with the McMahons, there would in fact still be a match to be played, but as regards several insiders, the contract but above all the remuneration received by Goldberg, would be far too high for WWE and its new standards.
In his last speech to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer wanted to say: "The biggest name that has a contract that is about to expire is Goldberg, who still has only one match left in his contract. His deal brings back a very large amount of money to have only a couple of matches a year and I believe that for the moment we will not have any cuts in this regard.
It's a deal that wouldn't make sense in AEW because they don't have the Saudi mainstream and the sheikhs' money on their side. Goldberg is 55 and I don't know if they think they'll keep this nostalgia effect, but they don't have any other big attractions other than Lesnar and Edge (and Shane McMahon who is still under contract) because I doubt Paul Levesque will fight again and Undertaker is done by now.
, even Undertaker and Austin have a very expensive agreement (as Ric Flair had), so as to remain in the company for life."