JR has a new blog on his website. In it, he spoke of whether or not he sees Taker winning, the added stip, and Taker’s retirement:
The McMahon added stipulation to the HIAC match for control of RAW featuring Shane McMahon vs The Undertaker has generated a fair amount of speculation. That’s good as at least folks are talking about the match and the event more, or so it seems.
I see Taker wining at Wrestlemania but stranger things could happen as this, as in most pro wrestling storylines, can go multiple, ‘right ways.’ You can bet the farm that WWE is not going to squander the Undertaker’s ‘retirement’ without marketing it to the hilt.
I agree with JR. The new stip has people talking and speculating about the outcome, some even say they’re excited whereas as prior to the new stip, such wasn’t the case most of the time. JR’s infinitely accurate on Taker’s retirement. WWE aren’t stupid. They will not allow Taker’s retirement to not be a big deal. It’ll be heavily promoted. Why? Because it’s best for business literally. Imagine the ticket sales and Network viewers with all that promotion surrounding his last match. This is one reason why I don’t see WM32 being Taker’s last match – hasn’t been promoted to the level his retirement will have. Plus he’s in better shape now. In a 2003 interview, he stated as long as he hangs with the young guys (he specifically named Lesnar, who was young at that time, Angle who was a top star but not “that” old), he has “no reason to leave.” This is his way of giving back. He also said he feels a “sense of obligation to perform for Vince.” All signs point to him not leaving…..yet. Don’t see it happening this year.