The Undertaker Discusses “Easier” Retirement In Empty Arena

The Undertaker during his retirement speech

There has been plenty of build to The Undertaker being inducted in to the WWE Hall Of Fame, and he has now talked about how his speech will compare to his retirement where there were no fans.

After a glittering WWE career lasting three decades, The Undertaker finally hung up his boots in a promo to close Survivor Series 2020, marking the 30-year anniversary of his debut at the same event in 1990.

As well as a star-studded lineup heading to the ring ahead of the ceremony, many were touched by the hologrammatic image of Paul Bearer holding the urn one more time, whilst The Dead Man showed his appreciation for his manager who passed away in 2013.

Speaking to CBS Sports’ Shakiel Mahjouri, The Undertaker discussed how it won’t be easy talking in front of the crowd at this year’s Hall Of Fame ceremony as he will be far more candid than he was when he was in character.

The short answer is extremely special. The long answer is it’s extremely nerve-wracking. I’ve wrestled in front of 100,000-plus crowds [and] not bat an eye about it. I can get in front of thousands and thousands of people as The Undertaker and cut a promo on somebody. I don’t think twice about it.

But what’s going to happen at the Hall of Fame is, yes, you’re going to get a kind of a retrospective of The Undertaker and his 30-plus years with the company, but you’re going to get a look behind the curtain at Mark Calaway. What all of those things that people have been so attached to for all those years, you’re going to find out what those things have meant to me personally.

The Undertaker went on to say about how his retirement speech was made easier by there being no fans in attendance, and that is part of the reason this will be a more difficult speech.

The retirement was during the pandemic and it was what it was. That was easy. I mean, it was hard for me to say that I’m retiring, but it was easy because there was nobody there. Now I’m going to be making eye contact with 15,000 to 20,000 people and try to keep my composure. There are going to be some emotional moments, I’m sure.

At this point, I’m extremely honored that I’m being inducted. I’m honored and I’m excited to be able to share some things with the fans who have been with me all these years. It’s really exciting.

Whilst his official retirement took place at Survivor Series, his final match was at WrestleMania earlier in the year when he defeated AJ Styles in the cinematic Boneyard Match, where he symbolically rode off in to the distance on his bike.

The Undertaker has been pulling back the curtain since his Last Ride documentary started airing, and recently discussed a rib played on him by Vince McMahon where the entire roster was involved.