The Undertaker on his persona and the advantages he once had
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The Undertaker spoke with Ariel Helwani about his character and Deadman persona. Things in the wrestling scene are totally different than they used to be. The Undertaker believes that he managed to preserve his character for many years.
“It would be very difficult just because everyone [has] a phone that has a camera. I was able to live this character because I didn’t have to worry about that. I didn’t have to worry about sitting in the airport in shorts and a Hawaiian shirt and somebody being like, ‘Oh, look, The Undertaker.’ I didn’t have to worry about that.
Everybody sees somebody and immediately they want to film them and see what’s going to happen”. - he said, as quoted by pwmania.com “I’m a dinosaur. My mentality is still 20 years ago, but there’s a reason why I lasted as long as I did.
Just live [the gimmick] a little bit. You don’t have to go to the extremes that I did, but if you’re gonna post something, at least have it kind of match what you try on [TV]”.
The Undertaker and phone call with Vince
One of the topics was a phone call from Vince McMahon in which he announced that he had made the decision to leave the wrestling scene.
“He called me the day before he announced it, and we got into an argument because I thought he was ribbing me. I said, ‘There’s no way. There is absolutely no way you’re stepping away.’ He was like, ‘Nah, Mark.
That’s just what I’m gonna do.’ I’m like, ‘why are you… This is me,’ and we actually, yeah, we ended up going at it a little bit. I was like, ‘Alright, okay.’ Sure enough, next day, you know, Vince resigned.
I knew there’s no way he could stay away. Even in this role, I think it’s going to be challenging for him. I mean, that’s his baby, man. He’s the one that created this whole thing. I know he wants to make sure that these TV deals and everything are done the right way, and right now, that’s his sole motivation.
I don’t know, we’ll see where it goes, but a WWE without Vince, for me, that’s just hard to imagine”.