Renee Paquette Suggests The Undertaker’s Non-Kayfabe Appearances “Need To Stop”

Renee Paquette whilst commentating for WWE
Credit: WWE

A claim has been made that WWE legend The Undertaker needs to stop making appearances out of character by former WWE commentator Renee Paquette.

The Dead Man was in Saudi Arabia the night before Crown Jewel 2021, where he introduced Pitbull at a live show.

He introduced the rapper for a sold-out show at The Boulevard in Riyadh, which marked the launch of the 2021 Riyadh Season Festival.

Whilst the real-life Mark Calloway appeared in full Dead Man attire, he did not then appear at WWE’s showpiece event as many had suggested he may given the circumstances.

Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Paquette commented that she didn’t feel he the right fit to introduce the Grammy Award winner, and that it should have been someone else.

I just feel it should’ve been somebody else introducing him. I feel like seeing the Undertaker, in the big black hat, in full Undertaker gear, introducing ‘the 305, the Grammy Award Winning artist.’ Bringing on Pitbull that way, I feel it could’ve been somebody else. I don’t know what the full crew is that is in Saudi Arabia right now, but I feel like maybe somebody else could’ve been better for that job.

Not that Undertaker did a bad job, that’s not what I’m saying. I feel like it could’ve just been a great, happy go lucky babyface. Maybe, I don’t know, who from the New Day is there? That’s what we want. That’s how you want to involve Pitbull in the show in Saudi Arabia.

The former WWE host and cookbook writer went on to explain how she felt that similar appearances towards the end of The Dead Man’s career didn’t help his legacy.

I love the Undertaker as much as everybody else. Huge fan. But did we already kind of start to lose a little bit of that mystique with the retired, not retired, he’s back in the ring and we’re seeing him in these unfavourable situations. Have we already done that? It needs to stop, I think it needs to stop. We all have little goldfish brains; we can forget things and we want to remember The Undertaker as The Undertaker. I think we can all get back to that to a certain degree. If you keep doing these things, it’s kind of hard to get back to that.

I don’t want to believe that the Undertaker knows who Pitbull is. The Undertaker introducing Megadeath or Slayer or Metallica, I can get on board with that. It is just the position of different genres that I’m just not down to clown with. I don’t like it.

Whilst she did admit that some of this opinion may be due to the generation gap between her and Pitbull’s target audience, she commented that she would still like to see some of the mystique of The Dead Man being maintained.

It could be. I guess maybe it could be. I don’t know. But I think anyone who is a wrestling fan, and wrestling fans love to know the history of things, love to know the ins and outs of all their favourite characters. I do understand the social media side of things and having the documentaries and being able to see little glimpses into these superstar’s real lives and whatnot. I get the lure of that. But let’s protect things a little bit. That’s what the business is about, right?

Protecting these things, keeping these characters larger than life. I don’t want the Undertaker to be on the same level as me. He’s the Undertaker. He’s much better and cooler than me.

The Undertaker has been involved in a number of notable moments of late, including sending a message to Tyson Fury ahead of his trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder.

With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.