WWE Hall of Famer The Undertaker has regretted previous comments in which he said the wrestling business was far ‘softer’ compared to previous years.
In 2022, The Undertaker spoke about his perception of the current crop of Superstars while appearing on “The Joe Rogan” podcast. He said,
“I remember walking into my first real dressing room… half of them had knives and guns in their bags. Sh*t got handled then. Now you walk in and there’s guys playing video games and f**king making sure they look pretty. It’s evolution, I guess. I don’t know what it is, but I just like those eras, man. I liked when men were men.”
While speaking on the latest edition of his “Six Feet Under” podcast, The Undertaker said that rather than getting softer, the business has gotten smarter. He said,
“It was hard for me to accept that. ‘Man, our business is getting soft.’ It wasn’t getting soft. It was getting smarter. I’m glad that I was part of the generation that led into that because, today, you see the referee and they throw the X up, you know something bad has happened.
“You’re not going to get a bunch of blood in the ring. If someone is concussed or injured to a point, the match is going to stop and the athletes are going to be treated the way they need to be. Even with all that going on, the wear and tear and the risk of injury is crazy.”
The Undertaker recently appeared on the October 10, 2023 episode of WWE NXT where he chokeslammed Bron Breakker and shared a moment with Carmelo Hayes.
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The Undertaker, one of the most iconic figures in WWE history, recently expressed regret over his previous comments about the wrestling business being “softer” compared to previous years. In a podcast appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience” in 2022, The Undertaker shared his perception of the current crop of Superstars, stating that he preferred the era when “men were men” and wrestlers were tougher.
However, in a recent episode of his own podcast, “Six Feet Under,” The Undertaker clarified his stance and acknowledged that the business has not necessarily become softer but rather smarter. He admitted that it was initially hard for him to accept this change but recognized the importance of prioritizing the well-being and safety of the athletes.
The Undertaker highlighted how the industry has evolved to prioritize the health and safety of its performers. Referees now have the authority to stop matches if an athlete is injured or concussed, and they receive immediate medical attention. This shift ensures that wrestlers are treated appropriately and reduces the risk of further harm.
While The Undertaker appreciated being part of the previous generation that paved the way for these changes, he emphasized that the wear and tear on wrestlers’ bodies and the risk of injury are still significant. The physical demands of professional wrestling remain intense, despite the advancements in safety protocols.
In addition to his comments on the wrestling business, The Undertaker recently made a surprise appearance on the October 10, 2023 episode of WWE NXT. He delivered his signature move, the chokeslam, to Bron Breakker and shared a memorable moment with Carmelo Hayes.
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The Undertaker’s reflections on the wrestling business serve as a reminder of the ongoing evolution and progress within the industry. While the perception of toughness may have changed, the commitment to the well-being of wrestlers remains a top priority.