In a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet as part of the INSIGHT With Chris Van Vliet podcast, WWE Hall of Famer The Undertaker discussed several topics, including knowing that it was time for him to retire from in-ring action.

“It’s weird, like I knew that it was going to come, but I wasn’t mentally preparing myself for it, I always just thought I was going to be able to do it and realistically, you know, Father Time is undefeated. I knew early on, even when I was still working, and I love this business so much, but I knew I was going to have a hard time. People always ask me, well why don’t you go down to the PC, why don’t you be a mentor.

When I’m around, I do that kind of stuff, but as an every day deal, I can’t do it because recently, I’ve just kind of had closure at Mania, I don’t know if you heard this, but I struggled since I retired at being at live events, I would go, I was at the Rumble because I had the 1DeadMan Show in Clearwater, I stayed over and I was at the Rumble. By the time I think maybe the first match had gone out, I left because internally, my body and my mind is thinking you should be getting ready, you should be going out there and I get almost, I wouldn’t say anxiety, but I just get this feeling like I can’t take it, because I want to be out there so bad.

I wanted to continue to wrestle obviously, my body broke down and Father TIme is undefeated. I never wanted to be a parody of myself, and I really risked that at the end, I had some matches that I think maybe at one point in my career, they were bad, but there was one point in my career I felt like I could take anything and turn it around, and I just didn’t have it in me, like the match I had with Goldberg in Saudi Arabia.

I should have picked up on the fact that he had his bell rung, and then he rung it again when he hit the post, I should have been sharp enough to adapt at that point and not try to get to where I was getting.”

The full interview is available at this link.