P.S. Not a rumor. The following is straight from me. Just wanted to share some very recent thoughts.
If anyone deserves to have their final match at WM, with all respect to all other wrestlers, it is Taker. I’d say that even if this wasn’t a Taker fansite and even if I was not a fan of Taker. He’s just meant so much for so long to WWE. But having just read a recent interview, I think my mind may be changing on WM33 specifically being Taker’s last. Should both be healthy enough, I still think it’ll be the site of Taker vs Cena though unless they wanna go with Taker vs Roman Reigns or one of the NXT calls ups. While Cena’s still the top man, he’s taken a bit of a lesser role lately. He hasn’t been the closing match, or been in a World Title match in quite some time now. Still, in many minds, Cena’s the biggest challenge Taker’s got. Whether that’s true or not, it certainly is not his only challenge. New talents, proven seasoned veterans elsewhere despite being new to WWE, are rapidly entering WWE which is the reason WWE did the draft again, to make room for those talents on anywhere of the now three bands which now includes NXT, no longer thought of the developmental territory it was in its infant years thanks to what HHH has done with it. Currently NXT has Joe, Nakamura, Bobby Roode, KENTA, and others who’ll be great challenges for Taker. On the main roster, Cesaro, KO, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Ambrose, among others. With only a small select handful of matches left if that many and it may be less than that matches left, I don’t know if Taker will be actively wrestling enough to meet every challenge that has the potential to meet him. Of course there’s gonan be fans who say this guy/that guy doesn’t deserve to face Taker because, but I think the aforementioned names have earned the right to receive that rub. Hey if a walk out, now returned as a part-timer who doesn’t care about pro wrestling as he views it as just a job, had a unique deal where while under contract to WWE, returned to UFC for an over $1 million price fight, only for the world to find out he failed drug tests and is still able to work Summerslam when anyone else would have been suspended without pay or released, and I’m talking about Brock Lesnar, can break The Streak, well then who doesn’t deserve to face Taker? Because I don’t know anyone who’d be that unprofessionally stupid AFTER breaking The Streak which by the way I’m still waiting for the big payoff of that.
The interview that is starting to make me change my mind on whether I think WM33 will be Taker’s last match or not….
The Big Show appeared on Sports Talk 790AM in Miami yesterday and discussed attending Miami Dolphins training camp, changes in pro wrestling, Conor McGregor’s recent comments ripping WWE and more. Big Show also discussed the current shape he’s in right now.
Big Show said that he’s currently weighing about 429 pounds, and noted that he was 465 two and a half months ago. His goal is to get to 400 pounds.
Show also talked about his upcoming match with NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal at WrestleMania 33 next year. Show noted that it would be his last year as a professional wrestler and that he wants “to go out athletically again with a bang.” He added that he feels better now at 44 years old than he did a 34.
I always hear Taker being described as the consummate pro. That has to be true considering his locker room leader status, something that he just gained over time out of respect, not by playing backstage political games.
If Show does indeed retire next year, then WM33 might be his last WM. If such is the case, I do not believe WM33 will be the last one for Taker. Reportedly Taker was set to retire at WM24. Not saying I believe that report. But considering he closed out WM24 with a World Title victory celebration, extendingThe Streak to 16-0, fireworks and all that going off, it would have been a great last match for him. The report goes on to say Taker changed his mind once finding out that Wm was going to be FLair’s retirement because Taker didn’t want his retirement taking any attention away from Flair’s. Show’s stated many times that Taker is his mentor. I do not think Taker would want to take any attention away from Show’s last WM by WM33 being his last one also even if it means he has to gut it out to WM34 or even WM35. I bring up WM35 on the possibility that while Kane can retire before WM34, WM34 might be Kane’s last. Kane’s rarely seen on TV these days. That and the fact that he’s been outspoken on his interest in politically running in Tennessee along with the fact that he’s had a long career, probably done everything he’s wanted to by now, leads me to believe that – well maybe not retirement – he’s not injured or anything I don’t think (he’s rarely if ever missed any ring time due to injury, hardly ever got injured) – but an extended leave should be political run be successful enough for him to leave WWE to focus on that because he can’t do both, not even under part-time status. Rhyno’s part-time with WWE while his political career’s still active. But should he win, he’d heave to let wrestling go completely till his political run ends.
And look Taker, Kane, Jericho, when they’re on WWE, WWE is their only priority till their obligations are fulfilled (unlike some others, Lesnar for example.) They know if Show leaves, the main event depth will be thinner than it is right now. And should Kane leave, the thinness will only increase. Jericho’s best time in WWE arguably has been as an accomplished veteran who works part-time. He’s stated his favorite time in WWE has been this last run which began earlier this year and prior to this one, his favorite run was 2008. Both runs happened while he was part-time with WWE. Taker seemingly’s better with every match. The WM30 concussion probably the only exception to that, well in recent years anyway.
Of course I could be completely wrong on all of this. Maybe Taker’s already retired. If not, maybe WM33 will be his last. With Taker, maybe is as far as anyone can get. Unlike Big Show who publicly in an interview stated next year would be his last, Taker’s not gonna do that and will leave you guessing. Even if he went into WM33 knowing that it’s definitely his last, if you ask him about it, he’ll still leave you guessing.