The incredibly fascinating Last Ride documentary series covering the latter stages of The Undertaker’s wrestling career culminates tonight with the fifth and final chapter.
So far, the documentary series has been incredibly emotional and gripping, giving us a real insight into the mind of Mark Calaway (the man who plays The Undertaker) for the very first time.
One of the documentary chapters goes in-depth on The Undertaker’s loss at WrestleMania 33 to Roman Reigns. A match that “The Deadman” was not best pleased with his performance in.
While speaking to ESPN, the aforementioned Reigns opened up about finding out he’d be facing ‘Taker at ‘Mania. He also revealed that he wanted to lose the match:
“I remember the conversation with Vince,” Reigns recalled. “I saw Taker like a week prior, and he almost gave it away, but he did good in covering it up. He could tell I didn’t know yet. When Vince explained it to me, I was just in awe. It’s something that everybody who gets into the business wants, to get into the ring with The Undertaker. And I remember the first thing I thought was that I wanted to put him over. I wanted to lose. Immediately, that was my instinct. Out of respect.
“I knew he was in pain, but I didn’t know he was going in [for hip surgery] soon after that or else I would have crafted that story a little differently. So I knew it was on me to try to help carry it. The movement of the match. Orbit around him. But I thought it would have been a better story if I was on my back at the end. Obviously, it didn’t go that way.”
In what was a truly touching moment, the documentary also shows The Undertaker approaching Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34, a show that saw the pair take on John Cena and Brock Lesnar respectively, and apologise for his performance in the match.