We’ve noted how The Undertaker was still booked for the WWE European tour that kicks off this week. F4Wonline.com reports that people in WWE say Taker will not be going on the tour and that Kane will be replacing him on the shows he was booked for. No word yet on why he’s apparently not going on the tour but as noted, Taker was telling people at the WrestleMania 32 after-party that Hell In a Cell against Shane McMahon was his last match.
As noted, Taker was pulled from most of the live events on the tour but still advertised for the April 19th SmackDown tapings in London and the April 20th live event in Newcastle, where he was advertised to team with Kane against Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman. That match was originally Taker and Big Show vs. Luke Harper and Rowan until Harper got injured. If the new report about Taker not going on the tour is true, it looks like that match could be Kane and Big Show vs. Strowman and Rowan.
Take the Taker’s wrestled his last match portion with a grain of salt. The article smartly and accurately stated “if it is true.” Taker did not tell F4WOnline, Dave Meltzer, or anyone on the internet that WM32 was his last match. Taker is not an internet guy and for good reasons. If he has wrestled his last match, he had a legendary career and I hope he goes on to live a legendary and great life that he deserves. If he has not wrestled his last match, then I am happy as a fan. Time will tell if he has or hasn’t. But I have sided with JR on the subject of Taker’s retirement the whole time in saying that WWE will promote the hell out of his retirement because it is just smart business. Maybe in Taker’s own mind, the internal mentality is he’s done. But physically speaking, he may have one or two left. if that’s the case, WWE would be wise IMO to save his remaining bouts for the biggest show that is Wrestlemania.