WWE superstar Roman Reigns has said he wanted to lose the WrestleMania 33 No Holds Barred match to the Undertaker and it was immediately thought after he was chosen to face the Phenom in the pay-per-view event.
The Undertaker lost his second WrestleMania match in 2017 when he was undone by a spear by Roman Reigns in a match that extended to more than 20 minutes in Florida. His envious WrestleMania record slipped to 23-2 after the showdown with Reigns.
While quite a few in the wrestling fraternity call the WrestleMania 33 match between The Undertaker and Roman Reigns one of the most underwhelming in the history of the company, Reigns clinched one of the biggest wins of his career.
The buildup to the WrestleMania match involving The Undertaker and Roman Reigns created a good hype. It all began when The Undertaker was eliminated from Royal Rumble by Reigns after which the Dead Man interrupted a match between Reigns and Braun Strowman. However, the main event didn’t live up to the hype as The Undertaker was clearly not at his physical best.
Roman Reigns conceded that it would have been a better story had The Undertaker won instead of him at WrestleMania 33.
“I remember the conversation with Vince. 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,” Reigns told the ESPN.
“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.
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“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.”
Notably, after the defeat to Reigns, The Undertaker broke character, removed his gloves, his coat and his hat and placed it inside the ring and walked away, hinting at retirement.
However, The Undertaker came back and won two more WrestleMania outings to further the claim that he is the best WWE star to have walked the planet.
Nonetheless, the Undertaker announced his retirement in the fifth and final chapter of his docu-series for WWE network, The Last Ride which was aired on Sunday, June 21.
Notably, The Undertaker has signed off with a 25-2 WrestleMania record as his last appearance was at WrestleMania 36 wherein he defeated AJ Styles in a Boneyard match.
“It was the last time Undertaker laced up his boots, I am honored it was against me,” AJ Styles said.