Source: Heated Conversations: Hosted By Booker T

On episode 86 of Heated Conversations: Hosted By Booker T, the five-time world champion answered fan questions. Among other things, Booker T talked about how long The Undertaker may continue to wrestle. Also, Booker T divulged that he regrets never facing off against Shawn Michaels in the squared circle.

On the subject of The Undertaker, Booker T said that there will be a day when The Undertaker has to retire.

"He's battle-tested, bruised, he's battered, and he [has] been out of the game for quite some time. And he [has] been in the WWE for over 20 years solid. This guy [has] been in all of the big matches as far as the Hell In A Cell, every match you could possibly, exactly, you could think of, Undertaker has been there. And the thing is, he [has] held up. He has gone in there and he [has] pulled it off each and every year he's asked to go out and perform and I commend Undertaker for that. But I tell you, there's going to be a day Undertaker has to lay down and say, 'I'm done with it'. There's going to be that time when he goes into that casket and closes the lid on the career."

As for how long The Undertaker will continue to perform at WrestleMania, Booker T indicated that 'The Deadman' is dealing with his mind pushing his body forward at this point in his career and there is no telling how long he may continue on. Also, the WWE Hall Of Famer claimed that The Undertaker could have had more work done on his knee, but decided against it to make himself available for WrestleMania 33.  

"Who's to say how long he can go? The mind can push the body so much further than you actually can imagine it can go. And I think that's what The Undertaker is dealing with right now. I just saw him on Tuesday at SmackDown and The Undertaker is alive and well. He's up and walking. And I think as long as The Undertaker is alive and well and up and walking, we're going to continue to see him at WrestleMania do his thing." Booker T added, "and the thing is he [has] had his injuries. Everybody knows it. He [has] gone through surgeries after surgeries after surgeries. Exactly and I just saw him and the thing is, I was talking to him about WrestleMania and he goes, 'hey man, I could have got it worked on a little bit more, but I got to be there for the big show.'"

According to Booker T, Shawn Michaels was the one professional wrestler he never got the chance to face one-on-one. 'The Champion Of Champions' went on to say that he wanted to see if he was as good as he thought he was.  

"The fish that got away was Shawn Michaels. That's the only guy I didn't get a chance to get in there with one-on-one and actually perform with because I always thought Shawn Michaels, even from back when he was with The Rockers, with Marty Jannetty, when they first started, when I first saw Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty, I said, 'man, this Shawn Michaels is good.' I said, 'this guy [has] got a lot of talent.' Marty Jannetty, 'yeah, he's alright. He's a good hand. He's solid. This Michaels, this guy's good.' Then, over the years, he morphed into something that was called 'Mr. WrestleMania'. And I always wanted to get a chance to get out there and perform with Shawn Michaels just to see how good I really was. Well, I just thought, I wouldn't say that [Michaels was the measuring stick]. Do you know what I mean, me being a performer myself? I just wanted to see if he was as good or if I was as good as I thought I was because I always thought I was just as good as any guy that ever put on a pair of boots and you've got to think that way. But Shawn Michaels, he was the guy I didn't get to test my craft with. I would've loved to get in the ring with him."

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