According to an Oct. 24 report from Cageside Seats, hard-hitting WWE legend, The Undertaker, has accepted a new job as an adviser for NXT, the development branch for the WWE. The Undertaker, 49, was on hand for the NXT taping that emanated from Florida earlier this week, which led to WWE fans buzzing about his appearance. Many fans were wondering why The Undertaker was on hand for such a small show.
Finally, it came out on the afternoon of Oct. 24 that The Undertaker has signed his name on the dotted line to be an adviser for the up-and-coming promotion. It hasn’t been announced exactly what The Undertaker’s new job will entail, but only good things can come of a legendary pro wrestling veteran overseeing the next wave of talent in pro wrestling. He will likely keep a close eye on the athletes, offering his opinion on their promo work and techniques inside the ring.
It was a brilliant move by the WWE to bring The Undertaker on board in a new capacity. NXT was built to develop the WWE superstars of the future, and currently the promotion features the likes of Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville, Hideo Itami, Finn Balor, Kevin Steen, Charlotte and Becky Lynch. Each of the aforementioned athletes are on the cusp of a call-up to the WWE, so The Undertaker will be stepping in to help ease their transition to the pro ranks.
What does this mean for The Undertaker’s future as a pro wrestler? He hasn’t made any official comment on the matter, but all signs point to him hanging up the gloves for good. At the tender age of 49, The Undertaker is well past his athletic prime and he probably doesn’t have much gas left in the tank.
Rumors were flying that he would try to compete in a double-retirement match with Sting at next year’s Wrestlemania pay-per-view spectacular, but chances of that bout actually happening are slim to none. A match between The Undertaker and Sting might be best kept to fantasy, as neither has much left to offer.
Their hearts and minds might still be in it, but The Undertaker and Sting have both been ravaged by injuries over the years. There’s no way they could deliver a compelling match at the quality the WWE expects from its athletes. WWE fans can enjoy The Undertaker in the years to come in promo spots, but they might have to accept that he’s done for good as an active wrestler.