The Undertaker has recalled the time he got extremely annoyed with the requests of Vince McMahon… only to find out that the WWE Chairman had ribbed him with the entire roster involved.
After a three-decade career, The Undertaker is set to be inducted in to the WWE Hall Of Fame as part of the Class Of 2022. There have been plenty of stories coming out in the build-up to the historic event, including during his interview with the Dallas Morning News about the time Vince McMahon got one over on him.
We were in San Antonio Texas, it was going to be Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night. I live right up the road, they call me. ‘Hey, do you want to be part of Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night?’ I was like, ‘well, of course, I want to be part of it.’ They were like, ‘well, we want it to be a surprise, so when you get here we are going to put you in a bus, and you’ll stay in there until it’s time to come out, we don’t want Shawn to see you.’ ‘Okay, I’m good.’
After staying in the bus to make sure he wasn’t seen, Michael Hayes was sent to break some news to The Undertaker which he wasn’t happy about.
So I get there and there’s somebody there to greet me, and I go on the tour bus, and I’m sitting on the tour bus and I am there maybe two or three hours. Finally, Michael Hayes comes out to the bus, he goes, ‘hey, Vince wants to rehearse.’ I go, ‘wait a minute, I thought this was supposed to be a surprise.’
So I blow a gasket, ‘I’ve been in this bus for hours now, what’s the point?’ So I am all pissed off, I said, ‘no, I’m not coming out until later, you go tell Vince I am staying on the bus.’ So he leaves, comes back and he said, ‘Vince wants to rehearse.’ So I storm off the bus, I am storming through the arena.
It was shortly after this point that The Dead Man realised Vince McMahon had been in control all along.
I go through the stage where we come out on Raw or whatever, and as soon as I walk out on the stage, all of the talents are all sitting up in the bleachers. This never happens, everybody is always off kind of doing their own thing. Everybody’s sitting in the bleachers, no one is ringside other than Vince. I walk out onto the stage, and at that moment, I knew I had been got.
To add insult to what was happening, there was a video package playing which showed how The Undertaker struggled to get out of his ring entrance jacket at the 700th episode of Monday Night Raw.
The lights in the arena go dark, this is early in the day, right? There’s no fans. The arena goes dark, the tron stars playing. Basically, you know the packages we play before a match, they give the history of whatever match is about to go on in the ring. It’s basically one of those. It’s like, The Undertaker and they go through my streak, he couldn’t be beaten.
‘But this year’s WrestleMania, it’s The Undertaker vs. The Coat.’ The whole time I was trying to get out of the coat, they had another handheld filming me trying to get out of the coat. They’re playing that video on the tron, all the talent is out there laughing, having a great time. Vince is so proud of himself that he got me to drive from Austin to San Antonio just so that he could rib me.
This seemed to be something of the relationship between the legendary ‘Taker and the WWE Chairman, and didn’t stop The Undertaker from chasing McMahon through the arena after the incident.
In true Undertaker and Vince form, I take off after him. So here’s this 70-year-old billionaire, running through the arena, laughing uncontrollably. I am trying to catch up to him. So, he would do things like that. I can only imagine what his mind is doing right now. I am going to walk out that night looking over my shoulder. Looking for anything he could do to me to play some kind of practical joke on me. I don’t put it past him one bit.
In what is a true showing of the relationship between the pair, The Undertaker will be inducted in to the 2022 Hall Of Fame by Vince McMahon.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.