In an interview with Dallas Morning News, the WWE Legend revealed that this year was the second time he had been offered the WWE Hall of Fame induction by WWE. He reveals he turned down the offer in 2014, after being defeated by Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania,
“I’m honestly – I’m a bit overwhelmed right now with the speech. It’s the closest thing that I’ve had to do since putting a WrestleMania match together. I’ve been pretty much pressure free for the last couple years since the boneyard match.”
“After a 30-plus-year career with WWE, this speech and trying to be different, and not give the same thing most people do, it’s become a task all to itself. And as far as when, this is actually the second time that I was invited to the Hall of Fame. So, I wasn’t as shocked this time. I turned it down the first time because I knew I had unfinished business. I wasn’t at that place yet where I was ready to let go and say that it’s over. So, this time – I’d made my peace, and I’m just honored and humbled that they would induct me.”
When asked when it was that he turned down the Hall of Fame spot, the Undertaker revealed it was after his match with Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30.
“I want to say it was after the Brock WrestleMania [in 2014]. … I just, in my head, I couldn’t end on a match that I didn’t remember. I got concussed and I don’t remember even having that match. So, I wanted to at least have a match that I could remember, so I kept working here and there for the next few years trying to leave on that upbeat note. Fortunately, we had the boneyard match and I said, ‘Alright, that’s it. I think I’m good. It’s time to call it a day.’ Now, here we are.” Source
The Undertaker is set to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 1st 2022, in Dallas, Texas. The ceremony will be shown live on the WWE Network, and will feature other Hall of Fame inductions like Vader and Queen Sharmell, as well as other unannounced inductees.
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