During an interview with Joe Rogan, The Undertaker talks about the two different eras of the locker room culture and the evolution of "men" in terms of the locker room.
On the Joe Rogan's podcast, The Undertaker sits down and shares his thoughts and opinions on the business today. Things took a turn however on the second half of the interview when The Undertaker was discussing the bygone era of the "old days" but took it a step forward and said he misses when "men where men" (Full quote below)
"In that era of guys, too, those were men. You go into a dressing room nowadays and it's a lot different. I remember walking into my first real dressing room, and all I saw were some crusty f**king men. Half of them had guns and knives in their bags. Sh*t got handled back then. Now you walk in, there's guys playing video games and f**king making sure they look pretty. It's evolution, I guess. I don't know what it is, but I just like those eras, man. I liked when men were men."
Locker Room Culture
Before dissecting the quote we have to understand that as a culture the locker room has changed dramatically. The era of "wrestlers court" or getting kicked out of the locker room ala The Miz is long gone but the slow handed shade in this quote is deafening. These new generation of wrestlers who as he claimed are "playing video games and f**king making sure they look pretty" is arguably the best roster we have had in a long time in terms of athletic in ring wrestlers. Yes. The old days we had larger than life wrestlers who we all idolized in the attitude era but that's two decades ago! We are in an era where these wrestlers don't need to take steroids to look like these larger than life men.
The locker room has changed dramatically and we can see that, there is no shame in playing video games.
and why should there be? This is still men being men and its not evolution its the fact that every generation strives to be better that what once was.
These men are not these crusty ass old dudes shooting up steroids to look good and carrying weapons to survive in a carny locker room era. Look its cool that Undertaker misses his "good ol' days" but these generation of men have paved a new era of wrestling and created a locker room that is different and different for the better.
As Austin Creed put it: