The Undertaker, one of the oldest appearing superstars in the WWE will always be remembered as a legend of the show. His iconic 21-0 WrestleMania streak ended in 2014 at the hands of Brock Lesnar.
At 55, the Deadman still continues to amaze us with his performances as a wrestler with the most recent being his WrestleMania 36 matchup against AJ Styles.
The Boneyard match was regarded as one of the most iconic matchups of all time.
Barring the latest WrestleMania, the Undertaker has had his share of shocking moments.
The one where he threw Mankind aka Mick Foley from the top of the cell through a table on the arena floor will remain as the most jaw-dropping stunt of all time.
Moreover, the latest docuseries 'Undertaker: The Last Ride' will give the WWE universe a rare inside look at Mark Calaway, the man behind The Undertaker, as he prepares for what could be the end of his legendary career.
In an interview, the Deadman speaks about his experience filming the docuseries, what fans will discover about him, comparisons between Undertaker: The Last Ride and Michael Jordan’s docuseries The Last Dance and his favourite countries to perform in (with special shout-outs for UK, Germany, Australia and Mexico).
Undertaker: The Last Ride has been more than three years in the making. Describe how it felt having the cameras with you throughout this time in your career?
“It was really strange because obviously everyone knows I have been very protective of The Undertaker character, what’s seen and what isn’t seen. So it was very strange and initially uncomfortable for me having camera crews following me around. As we went through this I became more comfortable with it and obviously allowed more access into everything, which I’m so glad that we were able to do because I think this docuseries is going to blow people away.”
For the millions of fans around the world that have followed The Undertaker for many years, what can they expect to learn about Mark Calaway, the person behind The Undertaker, in this docuseries?
“They are going to learn a lot. They are going to see what the man behind the hat is really like on a personal level. I think they are going to be shocked [at] the contrast between The Undertaker and Mark Calaway. They are going to see a stark difference in the two and probably a good reason why I kept them separate for so long.”
People are making comparisons between the story of another sporting legend, Michael Jordan, in the Netflix series The Last Dance and yours in The Last Ride. Have you seen or are you aware of The Last Dance, and what do you think of the comparison with Michael Jordan’s story?
“Yes I’m well aware of it and actually I’m watching that one as well. There are comparisons but I think the difference is we are getting to a point looking at whether I’m going to wind down and they are talking about, more or less, the last years that the Bulls were together under their three-peat championship. There are obviously some similarities but I think The Last Ride is a little more personal, more on a personal level, but equally as intriguing and interesting.”
With a WWE career spanning four decades, you have travelled the globe putting smiles on faces around the world. Which particular countries outside of the US have you always enjoyed visiting or performing in and why?
“Man, I’ve been all over the world. I’ve always loved going to the UK, Germany, Australia, Mexico. The fans there obviously don’t get to see us as often and the energy level when we go overseas is phenomenal. It is so much fun because there is so much energy in the arena so you always want to go out and give it your best. Once I do take that last ride, that will be something that I miss. Travelling internationally and getting to see all those people in the arenas.”
Undertaker: The Last Ride, WWE’s new five-episode limited series event, will begin streaming on WWE Network this Sunday:
Chapter 1 – This Sunday, May 10 immediately following Money In The Bank at approximately 10 pm ET (7:30 am Monday)
Chapter 2 – Sunday, May 17 on demand beginning at 10 am ET (7:30 pm IST)
Chapter 3 – Sunday, May 24 on demand beginning at 10 am ET 7:30 pm IST)
Chapter 4 – Sunday, June 14 on demand beginning at 10 am ET 7:30 pm IST)
Chapter 5 – Sunday, June 21 on demand beginning at 10 am ET 7:30 pm IST)