Undertaker Not Ready To Retire At Wrestlemania 32 Reckons Jim Ross
Wrestling announcing legend Jim Ross does not believe the Undertaker will retire at next year's Wrestlemania.
Speculation the veteran superstar could be set to take a permanent leave from the ring has somehow become received opinion with fans over the past couple of years, despite no concrete indications that could be the case from either 'Taker or WWE in any public statement or storyline.
However, Hall of Famer Jim does have an inkling that next year's extravaganza in the AT&T Stadium - a 100,000 seater venue that is anticipated to be the setting for WWE's all-time attendance record - could mark the end of WCW icon Sting's career.
Speaking on the latest Ross Report podcast, Jim said: "I don’t think Undertaker’s going to retire at Wrestlemania in Texas. I really don’t. I just don’t think it is going to happen."
He continued: "I haven’t talked to him, I haven’t talked to anybody specifically. But my sources that I do have - I still have a few sources - indicate that ‘Taker is not ready to hang it up. Hey, more power to him.
"If he’s healthy and he feels good and he can work a moderate schedule à la Brock Lesnar or something along those lines, on a sporadic, recurring role kind of deal - why not?"
On Sting, who is set to challenge WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins at Night of Champions, Jim added: "I do hear Sting may be considering retiring at Wrestlemania 32, depending on what WWE has planned for him in Texas. That could be it for him.
"He’s got a little bit more age on him than does Undertaker. So we’ll see."
Praising both men, he said: "But boy, those guys have contributed so much to the business, you hate to see either one of them go, when they go.
"There’s always an expiration date on every wrestler’s body, you’ve only got so many bumps on your carcass before it is time to roll."
Former WWE exec Jim elaborated on his blog that he did not foresee the two megastars squaring off against each other - or a third high-profile bout opposite Brock Lesnar for the Dead Man.
"No, I don't see them having a match vs each other there either," he wrote.
"Plus, I don't see how WWE gets all the way to April for the 'Taker vs Lesnar 'rubber match' if that's in the cards."