The Undertaker vs AJ Styles was one of the blockbuster matches to take place at Wrestlemania 36. It saw former TNA star AJ Styles get a dream match, facing the legendary The Undertaker at the Grandest Stage of them All, Wrestlemania.
The match would turn out to be The Undertaker’s last match ever in wrestling. The Phenom wrestled the Phenomenal One in a cinematic Boneyard match, that took place in a graveyard, for his final outing in his 30 year WWE career.
The Undertaker announced his retirement from wrestling in the summer of 2020, during the filming of his WWE Network documentary “Undertaker: The Last Ride“. To go out on a high as a match with AJ Styles, albeit one with no fans in attendance, was a good way to go out.
Although, that may not be the case. The Undertaker was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame this past Sunday, and ended his induction speech by proclaiming “Never Say Never” when the fans chanted for “One More Match”.
The Undertaker vs AJ Styles
AJ Styles revealed that he wanted to see a Wrestlemania rematch between himself and the Undertaker after the Deadman retired, but did not manage to persuade the new Hall of Famer.
This was because The Undertaker refused to take AJ Styles phone calls leading up to Wrestlemania, ending any hope of an The Undertaker vs AJ Styles rematch at either Wrestlemania 37 or 38.
In a recent interview with WrestlingInc, former WWE Champion AJ Styles revealed that the Boneyard match was not the original plan for his bout with Undertaker. The pair would have fought in front of fans in the ring had the pandemic not halted that plan. He also revealed he tried to call the Undertaker to set up a rematch in front of fans, but the Deadman ignored his phone calls.
Talking about the Boneyard match at Wrestlemania 36, AJ Styles said;
“It was a fun match that people can look back and go, ‘that was great.’ And if he thought that it was good enough for him to go, ‘you know what, I am good with hanging it up on that one,’ that makes me feel good.”
When Styles was asked if the Boneyard match was the original plan, he said “Of course, of course, I do. I mean, I had all these ideas and stuff that we never got to do, but it wasn’t meant to be,” he said.”
He then revealed why a AJ Styles vs Undertaker rematch did not take place in front of crowds at the following years Wrestlemania.
“I think we all knew that once the Boneyard match got the reaction that it did, that might be it. I called, and he didn’t return my calls,” he said. “Because he knew, ‘hey, he’s going to convince me to have another match.’”
The Undertaker never wrestled again after his match with AJ Styles at Wrestlemania 36. The Phenom won the only ever Undertaker vs AJ Styles match, also “killing” Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (in kayfabe) during the match-up, in what would be their last appearance in WWE before their release.
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