The Undertaker has opened up about what he thinks of WWE TV nowadays, and what has changed in the company since his WWF debut.
It turns out that The Deadman doesn’t enjoy watching wrestling currently, as the WWE product is “a little soft”.
Appearing on the Joe Rogan Experience, The Undertaker revealed that he doesn’t think the current WWE programming has enough substance to keep him intrigued.
Noting that the product has changed drastically over the years, The Deadman stated that young talent being left to their own devices was what made wrestling interesting.
Here is the full quote, courtesy of Wrestling Inc:
“The product has changed so much and it’s kind of off. I’ll probably piss a lot of people off but they need to hear it. It is what it is. To the young guys [who think] he’s a bitter old guy, I’m not bitter. I did my time, I walked away when I wanted to walk away. I just think the product is a little soft. There’s guys here and there that have an edge to them but there’s too much pretty and not enough substance I think right now.”
Noting that current stars aren’t learning in the same way previous generations have, The Deadman noted:
“When we had Stone Cold, Rock, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, we were all working together and then we all aged out. We aged out and it left all these young guys to learn with more young guys and the product changed.”
WWE’s product changed vastly over a short amount of time. While the Attitude Era of the late 90’s is fondly remembered, ‘Ruthless Aggression’ was all the craze come the early 2000s.
Undertaker’s explanation of how young guys were forced to learn off of other young guys could explain why these drastic changes are less common nowadays.
With WCW icon Goldberg returning to face Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship, it’s safe to say WWE are fond of familiar faces.
When current roster members solely learn from icons of yesteryear however, there is no opportunity for the younger talent to break the mold and establish their own style, as implied by The Deadman.
After three decades with WWE, The Undertaker has officially retired, bidding farewell to the WWE at Survivor Series 2020.