Dustin Rhodes recalls his early feud with The Undertaker



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Dustin Rhodes recalls his early feud with The Undertaker

Dustin Rhodes is known to have played in various U.S. federations including World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Total Nonstop Action (TNA), performing with the ring-names of Goldust and Seven.

In WWE he has won the Intercontinental Championship three times, nine times the Hardcore Championship, twice the WWE Tag Team Championship and once the World Tag Team Championship, while in WCW he has twice held the United States Championship, twice the World Tag Team Championship and once the Six-Man Tag Team Championship.

Speaking with Inside the Ropes, Dustin Rhodes recalled a point during his early feud with The Undertaker.

Dustin Rhodes on The Undertaker

“Well, The Undertaker’s different than most of the talent in the locker room.

He is the ultimate leader. If something goes wrong, he reprimands you, you know. He controls s**t. He makes sure everything is worked smoothly backstage, and nobody has any heat with anybody, and he calms it down. He’s like the judge and the executioner.

And they came up with this idea that I’m gonna work with Undertaker, and we’re gonna end it in a casket match. So — and I never had a problem talking with Taker, we always got along well, and you know, he listened to all my ideas.

And I spit ’em out, and we went out and did ’em. And the thing about Undertaker and myself, in those days it’s different than today. Like, the kids today have to call their spots, spot by spot by spot by spot, man.

And then they memorize each one of those things. Sometimes the crowd’s not going to react to the thing that you memorized, so you have to know how to improvise and change it on a dime, and get the people to where you need them to be.

And that’s how me and Taker worked, we just kind of — I gave him a couple of ideas, and we built a match around it. We had a finish" - Dustin Rhodes explained. ”But before that match, the week before at Raw, Bruce Prichard came to me.

And he and Undertaker are very, very close friends. He said, ‘I want you to, I want to play a rib on Taker,’ he said. I’m like, ‘Ah, f**k no, Jesus, come on man.’ This is Monday Night Raw here we’re shooting, right? So the rib was, during the commercial break, because we went two segments.

So I get him down, you know, we’re both down. Like a double down situation. And we go to commercial. So I’ve got about three minutes to do this rib. So I come up and I start — no, sorry, we were not in a double down. I was still up but Undertaker was laying flat before he would sit up" - he added.