WWE’s Undertaker talks Shawn Michaels WrestleMania 14 taping story
The Undertaker was able to “smash” Shawn Michaels had he not dropped the then WWF championship to “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin at WrestleMania 14 — confirming one of the iconic backstage tales from his profession. He simply regrets not telling Michaels the reality about it years later.
The story, in line with WWE govt Bruce Prichard on his “One thing to Wrestle With” podcast, goes that Undertaker, who had simply completed defeating Kane within the earlier match on the FleetCenter in Boston in 1998, sat backstage at Gorilla place and wrapped his fingers staring as Michaels went to the ring with the intent to get bodily if the champion didn’t do what was anticipated of him. Michaels did in the end lose the match and the championship to Austin, who went on to be one of many largest stars in WWE historical past.
Undertaker and Michaels — who was nursing a severe again harm on the time — didn’t get alongside then and the notorious Montreal Screwjob involving the Heartbreak Child and Bret Hart had occurred solely 4 months prior. Undertaker was prepared to make sure there have been no shenanigans this time.
“Early on in my profession and when Shawn was there, I didn’t take care of Shawn personally,” Undertaker instructed The Submit in a Zoom interview. “I assumed he was an smug little s–t. That being stated, nonetheless nobody I’d slightly get within the ring with it and work [with]. That’s simply how good he’s.
“Shawn, everybody is aware of the story, is meant to drop the belt to Steve. Shawn was being Shawn for my part and like I didn’t know if he was gonna do it. My intention was to verify a technique or one other enterprise was performed that evening.”
Michaels, after the 2 mended their relationship years later and bought to an excellent place, requested him in regards to the incident as a result of he was incessantly getting questions on it. Undertaker, who will give his “Closing Farwell” at Survivor Sequence (Nov. 22, 7 p.m., WWE Community) after 30 years in WWE, stated he didn’t have the guts to inform Michaels the reality at that second due to how a lot issues improved personally between them.
Throughout an interview with “Contained in the Ropes in 2018, Michaels stated he by no means even noticed Undertaker at WrestleMania 14 and “there may be completely no fact to that by any means” relating to the hand-taping story primarily based on what Undertaker instructed him. The Deadman stated he regrets not being utterly trustworthy about it.
“I felt so dangerous as a result of our relationship had modified a lot that he goes, ‘Had been you actually gonna beat me up?’ ” Undertaker stated. “I used to be like, ‘No man that’s simply all rumor. Taping my fingers up and every thing, come on.’ He goes, ‘I didn’t assume so. I imply that basically didn’t sound such as you.’
“The entire time in my head I’m like, ‘I used to be gonna smash you for those who didn’t drop that belt to Steve.’ However yeah, he’s a very completely different particular person, I really like him to demise now. However, yeah, that’s the story. I used to be sitting there fingers taped able to do no matter I wanted to be performed.”
Undertaker went on to say that he loves Michaels now and the legendary matches they’d collectively.
“We’ve mended any damaged fences,” he stated. “I feel the world of Shawn and the way he’s modified his life. Clearly, we’ve shared some very particular moments within the ring, WrestleMania’s and all that.”
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