“The Grind Never Ends”- the Undertaker Looks in Phenomenal Shape at 56

Published 05/26/2021, 7:45 AM EDT


Wrestling for thirty years takes a significant toll on a person’s body. Whether he/she is 7 foot tall or 5’5, the human body isn’t able to bend and absorb impact the way wrestlers do. As for the Undertaker, he continues to defy the extremes of the human body and remains an absolute beast.

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AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 07: WWE legend The Undertaker watches from the sideline during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the LSU Tigers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Wrestling into his fifties, the Deadman has registered performances at 56 that wrestlers in their 20s can only aspire to. Undertaker has remained relevant for decades, despite having a corny gimmick and catchphrases. Even his wrestling style hasn’t changed a bit since he walked to the ring at Survivor Series 1990.

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What made Taker so imposing was his frame, height and the ability to roll his eyes into the back of his head. At 6’10 and weighing close to 300 pounds, the Deadman is one of the best big men in WWE. However, his speed and agility, including his ability to leap over the ropes and hit a suicide dive, surprised the WWE Universe.

On Instagram, Undertaker reminded his followers of ‘the grind’ to stay fit and in shape even after retirement. “When one door closes another one opens. The game may be over for me, but THE GRIND NEVER ENDS….” he wrote.

There will never be another Undertaker, and we will forever cherish the spirit he brought into every match, every fight and every obstacle.

Does a Hall of Fame spot beckon The Undertaker?

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: The Undertaker recovers during his fight against Brock Lesner at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

This year, we saw his kayfabe brother enter the Hall of Fame to a huge, although artificial ovation at the Thunderdome. Despite having an extra seven years of experience, Taker wasn’t in the WWE Hall of Fame this year. While many assumed he’d be the headliner, we got Kane, which wasn’t bad either.

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Both Kane and the Undertaker have had legendary careers, although Kane’s run as an active competitor lasted much longer than his brother. The Big Red Machine wrestled full-time till 2016, after which he began campaigning for the Knox County’s Mayor’s office. Now that he holds the position, it looks like Kane’s wrestling days are behind him. Hence, the Hall of Fame induction.

As for his brother, we could very well see the Deadman enter the WWE Hall of Fame next year, with fans in the arena chanting, ‘Undertaker!’. It’s only fair to his legacy and his fans to witness the greatest of all time enter the Hall of Fame in front of his legions of fans.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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