AJ Styles Reveals Why The Undertaker Avoided His Calls After The Boneyard Match at WrestleMania

Published 12/20/2020, 7:00 AM EST


‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles was The Undertaker’s last WWE opponent. In the first and last cinematic match of ‘The Deadman‘s career, he defeated Styles as he seemingly buried him in the grave.

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In a recent interview with Alex McCarthy of TalkSport, AJ Styles appeared on Inside the Ropes. He revealed The Undertaker never returned his calls or messages after the match. Now that, ‘The Phenom’ has retired, Styles now gets why he never heard from him.

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“I literally called him a month after WrestleMania. I said, “Listen, I need to know if you’re done.” Well, he never called me back because I think he was afraid I would try to talk him into one more.”

After WrestleMania, WWE aired ‘The Last Ride’, a five-part documentary that proclaimed that The Undertaker is done with wrestling. Styles said, “Well, as far as the match and him thinking that was going to be his last, I don’t think he knew, nor did I, that that was the one that he needed to end on.

AJ Styles is glad The Undertaker retired per his wish

After thirty glorious years in sports entertainment, The Undertaker retired at Survivor Series this year. AJ Styles also gained momentum as he was the captain of the winning RAW team at the traditional tag team match.

Styles revealed in the interview, “He did it the right way. He did it on his own terms. He didn’t have to do it because of an injury or something else. He’s the one who said, ‘You know what? I’m OK with ending it right here.’

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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)

“And there’s something to be said about something like that because injuries plague this business, you know. You never know how long you’re going to be able to hold out and good for him that he was able to call his own shot.”

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Unless Undertaker comes out of retirement, AJ Styles will forever be his last opponent. As of now, Styles will challenge Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship at TLC this Sunday.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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