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    Posted: 14/May/2020 at 10:29
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I watched the 55 minutes first part and it was strange seeing Mark Callaway talk and be himself.

He was very open about the injuries and the hard work it takes to wrestle even once a year and having a five year stretch of Mania match, surgery straight after, rehab, and train for the next Mania match.

It was noticeable on much of the footage how Vince sees him like a son and even left Wrestlemania with Brock to go visit him at the hospital.

You can see how well respected he is backstage with many like The Miz and Roman Reigns coming over to say hello.
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Really enjoyed episode one, it was great to finally get a peak behind the curtain of The Undertaker character and get to know Mark Calaway the man. It was said that it was Calaway that wanted this documentary so it suggests he knows his in ring days are on life support. 

Found it interesting that he said it's harder to work one match per year than it is to be on the road all year round because you suffer ring rust and timing issues as well as a battle to get in shape, where as if you are working matches all year it's all second nature to you and you will keep in ring shape the whole time. 

The Roman Reigns match was definitely set to be his retirement I think but Taker was so disgusted with his performance he couldn't face the match being remembered as his last, it's clear he wants a quality performance fitting of his legacy to bow out with. 

You could see how beaten up he is, he has a noticeable limp and just seems uncomfortable moving about in general, that's 30+ years of wrestling for you. 

The respect he commands backstage is incredible, it's interesting to see the big family like atmosphere and respect for their peers that the talent all have.
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Being harder to wrestle once a year makes sense to me. On a full or part time schedule you're constantly in the zone ready for the next match/city. Getting ready for once a year even after decades in the business you have to be match sharp and have the motivation to get back in shape after letting yourself go for most of the year enjoying being at home.

We saw plenty of Michelle McCool who was very concerned after his Brock match that to this day he doesn't remember. Even though we only saw the back of them I was surprised his kids were shown on camera, even though pictures are readily available online of what they look like.

The funny part to me was Roman turning up beside Taker in the hotel lobby and Taker making a quip about him breaking kayfabe.
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I think it's probably harder for The Undertaker to get ready for one or two matches per year than some because he puts enormous pressure on himself to deliver the best performance he can. Other part-timers like Goldberg for example seem content to be carried through a short and basic match then collect their money, Taker would not be satisfied with just hobbling out and hitting his finishers in a one minute match. 

I hope we get to see more of his kids and his home life in the coming episodes, I'm enjoying getting to know the man behind the character.


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WWE's longer, more focused documentaries are great, almost HBO quality.

Good to see Taker humanized, not too good to see what rough shape he's in. WWE really need to take the decision to retire out of his hands now though, been too many stinkers now and he's very clearly immobile and over the hill.
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Watched episode 2, this is a great documentary so far. 

So The Undertaker more or less confirms the plan was for him to bow out after the Roman Reigns match but after watching the match back he was so disappointed in his performance that he decided he needed at least one more match to redeem himself, and that has become the story of his late career in WWE, he is searching for that one match that satisfies him enough that he can call it a day in the ring. 

I don't remember the match with Roman being terrible but I don't remember it being great either, the only things that left a lasting impression on me from it are Reigns winning with a spear and the horrible looking botched spot where they look like they are going for a tombstone but Taker is dead weight and can't manouver himself up in to position and they end up having to abandon the spot, I guess that alone would make someone hate the match. 

Episode 2 covers the relationship between Mark Calaway and Michelle McCool so you get to see plenty of his human side, it also covers his match with Cena but it doesn't say why the match was so short, my guess is because they were concerned that this could be another botch filled disaster so booked it as a basic showcase where Taker could look good destroying Cena with his trademark moves, in that respect it worked as Taker looked sharp but I think most were expecting more of a match and they should explain why we didn't get it.
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It says a lot about the man that his match with Roman Reigns wasn't how he wanted to go out, even though that was the plan.

He was honest in not being in good enough shape and unlike so many part timers happy for the pay cheque, Mark is genuinely bothered about making sure the match is of good quality.

I liked his little makeshift training base with the ring and the leaky roof in a old building.

I would have liked his Cena storyline to have been shown more than it was.

Interesting that one clip had him talking up AJ Styles watching one of his matches.

He's clearly close to Vince but I was disappointed when Vince was asked about Taker he cried and didn't answer it.

It would have been good hearing Vince mention how loyal he is, how he stuck by him when so many left to join WCW etc.
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Watching this you can feel the love and passion he has for the buisness he wants one last decent match to finish things off and I hipe his match with styles and upcoming rematch are enough before he truly retires. 

I've loved all the episodes and hope that at the end its him telling us that's it so he can go into that hall of fame as a headliner 
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