The Undertaker may go down as the greatest superstar in the history of WWE, thanks in large part to his remarkable durability and resilience for the past three decades.
Undertaker debuted with the WWE in 1990, and almost 30 years later, he remains in phenomenal shape and is still more than capable of putting on high quality matches. The Deadman has taken great care of himself, staying in peak condition while mostly avoiding serious injuries that sidelined him long-term.
Of course, WWE fans are aware that 'Taker required hip surgery a couple of years ago, and that he's battled concussion woes. But in a recent interview with pastor Ed Young (h/t Felix Upton of Ringside News), Undertaker revealed the extremely long list of serious injuries he's endured as a WWE superstar.
Undertaker revealed that he's had 15 to 17 surgeries, and that both of his eye sockets have been "crushed." He even talked about being set on fire one time, but that's just a small fraction of the injuries he's endured:
"I’ve torn a pec, I’ve torn biceps. I’ve had several joint surgeries just to get floating bone chips and different things removed. Been concussed I don’t even know how many times. Yeah, it’s taken a pretty good toll on the body so it’s kinda smoke and mirrors to kinda keep everything together.
A lot of tape, a lot of stretching and ice. But yeah, it’s not as glamorous as a lot of people think, I love it obviously it was my calling and my passion in life. It’s not nearly as glamorous as you’d think — if you didn’t work, you didn’t get paid."
And despite all of these injuries, the future Hall of Famer has fought through it all for the sake of our entertainment. Undertaker turns 54 years of age later this month, but he doesn't seem ready to retire just yet. It just adds more to an already impressive legacy. The man just wants to keep wrestling until his body really gives out.
It's unknown if The Undertaker is going to compete at WrestleMania 35 in East Rutherford his year. It was reported by Ringside News that though WWE wants him to compete, they currently don't have a plan yet for how to use Undertaker. On top of that, The Phenom reportedly "isn't feeling too good" about wrestling at the big show. We'll see how it plays out, but it's highly doubtful that we've seen the last of him in the ring.
What This Means
The Undertaker has quietly fought through constant pain and injuries throughout his career, and fans will always respect just how hard he worked to keep himself in prime shape. It's not a stretch to say that he is the most determined superstar of all time, as evidenced by his longevity and willingness to keep on going amid all the injuries he's had to go through.