After thirty long years of making his iconic WWE debut, WWE Superstar The Undertaker has surprised everyone with his very first non-sanctioned WWE match booking in almost three decades.
Is The Undertaker planning to exit WWE?
Mark Calaway, popularly known as The Undertaker will be appearing at the Starrcast II wresting convention in Las Vegas on May 25. This is one day before the highly anticipated show Double or Nothing.
Earlier during an interview with Onnit, Undertaker talked about his future with WWE.
“You know, at the tail-end now, I really have to put everything into perspective, and what damage I’m doing at this point, to myself, and my life after wrestling,” Taker said. “But when I was going full-time, no. Even when the business took a real nose-dive, you’re thinking, ‘OK, how are we gonna get out of this? What we gonna do? We can work harder.’ The one thing I was really good at, and in my mind anyway, if anybody else feels that way is another story, but in my mind, I felt like it was always where I belonged, and what I should be doing. Obviously, there were times where money was… but instead of, ‘Man, I need to get me a job at the Jiffy Lube and figure out something else later on…’, It was, ‘What can we do to make this product where we want to see it?'”
While The Undertaker will not be fighting at the convention, this is going to truly historic, given that Undertaker hasn’t made a similar appearance until now.
Undertaker has started taking non-WWE bookings
As reported by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, The Undertaker has started taking non-WWE bookings. His fee is reported to be at $25,000 per hour.
This news comes as a surprise, especially after the Undertaker removed all WWE references from his social media profiles. This shocked many fans as Undertaker was affiliated with the company for long.
The Undertaker is currently 53 and isn’t likely to fight more matches in the future. He has been only synonymous with Wrestlemania over the years. He was expected to compete at the 35th Wrestlemania held in April.
Undertaker to join All Elite Wrestling?
Held in Las Vegas, the Starrcast II convention is at the same time as Elite Wrestling’s first show. This has led many fans to believe that Undertaker might wrestle for them in future.
Funded and owned by Fulham owners Tony and Shad Khan, All Elite Wrestling is named after the famous wrestling group The Elite, which had Cody Rhodes, Adam Page, Young Bucks, Kenny Omega and Marty Scurll.