In WWE‘s The Last Ride, the Undertaker makes it clear he has an issue with retirement — and it’s one that, no matter how much he tries, he just can’t shake. He’s simply looking for that one perfect match to close out his career on, but it’s hard to come by as his recent matches have been so inconsistent. It’s why he keeps coming back every WrestleMania, even though his persistence backfired when he had what we thought was his worst match ever against Roman Reigns at ‘Mania 33.
It’s an affair he regrets terribly and one which he had to redeem himself from, coming back to take John Cena out in a squash match. But while he emerged victorious and seemed to be back on the rise, “End of an Era,” the third chapter in WWE’s docuseries, recently revealed that the Reigns match wasn’t his worst one ever — it was another match that involved some of the biggest names in the business.
The Dead Man believes that his biggest flop came at 2018’s Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia, where he teamed with Kane to face DX: Triple H and Shawn Michaels. ‘Taker considers DX to be his best rivalry and it’s why he was glad to bring the Brothers of Destruction back, especially for a groundbreaking event in the Middle East. Nostalgic fans wanted them back and it was very lucrative for Vince McMahon to unleash these legends.
But with Kane having transitioned into his real life role as Mayor Glenn Jacobs of Knox County, Tennessee, Triple H becoming a part-timer spending most of his time handling corporate and boardroom deals, and HBK having not returned to action since Undertaker retired him, the match didn’t go according to plan at all. While the four legends wrongfully assumed it would be a walk in the park, instead it turned out to be 27 minutes of rust and botches that Triple H couldn’t help but roast.
“It’s with Kane and Taker, dude it’s a night off, right,” Triple H said on pitching the return to Michaels. “You’ll come in there, we’ll do a couple of crotch chops, we’ll throw some glow sticks out, a couple of Superkicks, drop an elbow, it’ll all be great. No problems, easy — except me and Taker are doing the ‘once in a while’ thing, Shawn hasn’t wrestled in however many years, Kane’s the mayor. It was like a bad comedy movie, it really is.”
Triple H suffered a torn pectoral muscle early in the match when he was flung into the ring post, and Michaels’ “You’re kidding!” reaction sums up just how bad a dumpster fire it was from there. HBK even punched Kane’s mask off accidentally in one epic fail moment that the crowd couldn’t help but gawk at. A shot of HBK botching a somersault perfectly sums up how these guys weren’t ready for the match.
It was clear that the legends came into the match unprepared and having underestimated their ring rust, and it was an unprofessional match to put on for paying fans. Reigns might have been forgiving of ‘Taker falling flat in their WrestleMania match, but the four legends involved in the Crown Jewel tag match freely admit they bombed big time and it was all their fault. It was a combination of old age and Murphy’s Law, where everything that could possibly go wrong, did.
“It couldn’t have gone any worse,” Triple H said. “It was a total train wreck, it was a disaster,” Undertaker added. As Shawn Michael summed up, “Whoa, goodness. It totally blew.” Ironically, the Dead Man had gone into the match toying with the idea that it could have been his final fight if it went right. But after how badly it tanked, he knew he had to keep on going.
It just shows that no matter how good you are, if you’re not prepared, the ring is no place for you to be messing around. It’s why Undertaker botched it against Reigns, and why he was so driven to keep moving forward after the disaster at Crown Jewel.
WWE's The Last Ride just confirmed that the botched WrestleMania 33 match against Roman Reigns wasn't the Undertaker's worst match in the business.