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Booker T react to Undertaker’s ‘Today’s wrestlers are soft’ comment.

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They were drinking and smoking cigarettes. There was some gambling going on and I was like, ‘Wow, this is cool. I want to be part of this right here.’

On a recent episode of “The Hall Of Fame” podcast, Booker T gave his opinion of The Undertaker’s comments of today’s wrestlers being soft.

Booker said, “I remember the first time Haku got my brother and I back in the locker room in WWF back in The Summit. We walked in the locker room, and this is no joke, Hulk Hogan, and, I don’t know, Macho Man Savage, and a few more of the guys were at a table. They were playing cards. They were drinking and smoking cigarettes. There was some gambling going on and I was like, ‘Wow, this is cool. I want to be part of this right here.’

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It was a bunch of men in the locker room. There wasn’t anything soft about those guys when I first saw them. It was a bunch of grown men in the locker room. I wanted to be a part of that. I wasn’t a guy that played cards, but I just wanted to be around it and see what it felt like. You walk in the locker room today and it’s going to be totally different than it was back then. You say, perhaps for the better, and in a lot of ways, I think so as well, but, the soft comment that The Undertaker said.

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I need guys to understand when going out and making the fans feel a certain way, I think that’s what The Undertaker was talking about. For 30 years, The Undertaker made you feel a certain way. I can honestly tell you this and believe it 100% if The Undertaker was going to have one of those knock down, drag out matches with HHH or The Rock or whoever from back in the day when he dove over the top rope and crashed and burned, like the last one that almost killed him, and then put a tweet out, Undertaker would not be The Undertaker to me.

The feel of The Undertaker wasn’t just his in-ring persona. We have believed in The Undertaker. That’s why we as the boys look at The Undertaker a certain way. We have believed in him for 30 years because he went out there and performed a certain way and he believed in, there again, the character. As far as the business goes, keep our secrets under wraps and I think that’s what The Undertaker was talking about.”

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Undertaker’s ‘today’s wrestlers are soft’ comment call on Mark Henry’s reaction.

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You go out there and you beat the hell out of somebody. Then the fight spills into the back and everybody’s entertained.

In response to some of the controversy stirred up by The Undertaker’s comments on Joe Rogan’s podcast, Mark Henry gave his thoughts on whether today’s wrestlers are soft.

Here are excerpts from his answer:

“Yea, guys were a little bit wilder. Guys were a little bit impulsive back then, but the men were still as tough now as they were then. We’re a corporate industry now. You have to have some decorum. You have to have some class otherwise you will not be employed by any of those companies. They recruit a certain type of guy. Recruiting wild cannons and guys that you didn’t know if they were going to show up high or they got arrested the night before, you can’t employ those guys. Taker was right to an extent. He should have said wild cannons and guys that were quick to get angry. It was a badge of honor at times to show your toughness. You go out there and you beat the hell out of somebody. Then the fight spills into the back and everybody’s entertained.

It’s a different time…I came in the early ‘90s and there were guys that tried to take liberties with me. There was stuff that happened in the locker room that was looked at as unspeakable…I can tell you, some of those guys against John Morrison, against Bobby Lashley, Matt Riddle, these guys can really fight. They know the strategy of how to fight…There were tough guys in both eras…Taker wasn’t wrong because guys back then carried guns in their briefcases or a knife or a crowbar. Sh*t went down. Guys were ready and accepting of it, but also you could go to the local cops and go, ‘Hey man. This never happened. Can I get you some front row tickets?’ Nine times out of ten, it got squashed and never hit the news. Now, everybody has a camera. You can’t do all the stuff that guys did back then.

Greg “The Hammer” Valentine having a gun in the locker room and the gun going off, like, bro, if that happened today, you would face federal jail time. That’s why things aren’t the way they used to be, not just the fact that it’s a corporate company and you don’t want to make those mistakes in the first place because you’ll never work again. Taker was right. There was a level of wildness, Wild Wild West, that doesn’t exist today. That’s what he meant. I think people took it out of context actually. I heard what he said and I agree with what he said, it’s just I didn’t agree with how he said it. The description of what it was, was off.

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Even me, I had to choke people and threaten people’s life. I would never do that today because I wouldn’t have to. Nobody messes with me like that. It was different. I was in defense mode. I was so stressed a lot of times when I went in the locker room because I didn’t know what was going to happen. Me and the Rock, we always had our locker right next to each other. I came in and saw people laughing and giggling and running away from where our lockers were. Dwayne would pack chicken breasts and broccoli and stuff to get in the car because he was a body guy. I saw his box was open. I grabbed the box and was going to close it and I looked in it and there was sht in it. Somebody sht in his food box, so of course, I have to dispose of this and tell him, ‘Hey man, don’t leave your food in here.’ They were envious of us new guys coming in.

We have developmental contracts or a full contract in my case. They hated us. They thought we were taking their jobs. That was the mentality, not making the business better because we didn’t grind like they did. We didn’t go through the ringer. We didn’t get brought into the business hard like they did. I respect how hard they were brought into the business but you can’t expect the world to be the same to everybody else as it was to you. You’re supposed to make it easier on the next generation, right? You would think.”

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Will The Undertaker accept AJ Styles challenge?

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The Undertaker has received a challenge to perform a retirement u-turn and return to the ring for next month’s SummerSlam.

Having thrilled fans for over three decades, The Phenom announced in June that he had no intention to wrestle anymore, although he did leave the door open to a possible return by stating that he would step up if needed by WWE chairman Vince McMahon.

This indicates that The Undertaker could still have one more big performance left in him, and a former opponent has wasted little time in trying to tempt the iconic wrestler back into the squared circle.

The Undertaker finished his remarkable WrestleMania career with another victory back in April, taking his overall record at the event to 25-2, and his foe on that occasion is now seeking revenge.

AJ Styles, the current Intercontinental Champion, lost to The Deadman in a Boneyard Match, but is aiming to settle the score, and believes that he has the ammunition needed to get his rematch in August.

Styles told NS: “I’m the IC champ. Undertaker’s never been the IC champ. I’ll put it on the line against you and if you can friggin beat me, I’ll leave the WWE forever

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“But if I win, you leave. There, there’s the story behind that one.”

The Phenomenal One is clearly hoping that the chance to make more history will entice The Undertaker out of retirement, and he appears unconvinced that his rival is officially done with the sport.

“I want the Undertaker at SummerSlam because he hasn’t come to me and said, ‘I’m done, I’m retired.’

“He just said it on TV, but he said that if Vince needed him, he’d be there. I’m just saying,” Styles said.

Now, we await The Undertaker’s response. Will he make a dramatic return, or is his legendary career really over?

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The Undertaker says he has no intention of returninG to WWE

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The Undertaker has sent shockwaves around the WWE Universe by admitting he has no desire to return to the wrestling ring.

The Deadman has been an ever present figure in the industry ever since debuting 30 years ago.

Although he’s now no longer a regular on the roster, he does still appear for special events, and usually has a few matches a year, however, that could all be about to change following the news that he could be done with competing.

A lot has been made of how ‘Taker will call time on his illustrious career, with a recent documentary titled ‘The Last Ride’ highlighting just how hard it has been for him to turn his back on the company and the industry he loves.

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It’s a vicious cycle at the minute for The Deadman, because when he has a bad match, he wants to avenge it, but when he has a good match, it makes him think he can continue.

However, he’s given the biggest indication yet that he is finally ready to hang up the gloves, the hat and the cloak.

The Undertaker revealed, as per The Sun: “I believe I’m at a place now, post-Boneyard, which was a hellacious battle against one of the best in the business.

“Here you are, climbing on your motorcycle and taking off.

“There was a lot of thought and a lot of emotion, one of those being ‘are you happy enough with that?’

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“It was a powerful moment. You don’t necessarily always get those.

“If there was ever a perfect ending to a career, that right there was it.

“If Vince was in a pinch, would I come back? I guess time would only tell there.

“In case of emergency, break glass, you pull out The Undertaker. I would consider it.

“[But] at this point in my career, I have no desire to get back in the ring.”

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Officially ‘The Undertaker announces Retirement from WWE

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On the final episode of The Last Ride, WWE legend The Undertaker appeared to call time on his incredible 30-year career, saying he has ‘no desire’ to return to the ring.

“If there was ever a perfect ending to a career, that right there was it,” The Deadman – real name Mark Calaway – said of WrestleMania 36’s Boneyard Match.

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“If Vince was in a pinch, would I come back? I guess time would only tell there.

“In case of emergency, break glass, you pull out The Undertaker. I would consider it. [But] at this point in my career, I have no desire to get back in the ring.”

Within minutes of The Last Ride airing, The Undertaker was trending on social media.

Twitter was full of tributes to one of WWE’s greatest ever icons, with fans and fellow pro-wrestling stars paying their respects using #ThankYouTaker.

We’ve rounded up some of the best reaction below.

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AJ Styles, the man who has seemingly retired The Undertaker, tweeted: “Still floored by the experience and reaction to the Boneyard Match at WrestleMania.

“If it was the last time Undertaker laced up his boots, I’m honoured it was against me.”

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Fellow main roster star Billie Kay wrote: “A true icon that devoted his life to this business. #ThankYouTaker” while her tag team partner Peyton Royce simply added “ICONIC!”

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A true icon that devoted his life to this business. #TheLastRide #ThankYouTaker 🙏 https://twitter.com/WWE/status/1274726517902381056

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With #TheLastRide’s final chapter upon us…

What’s the ONE WORD that comes to mind when you think of @undertaker?


NXT and 205 Live star Tony Nese shared his favourite Undertaker memory and revealed it was the moment he became ‘hooked’ on wrestling.

“Undertaker vs Yokozuna – Casket Match. Royal Rumble 94′ Providence Civic Center, RI.

“I watched wrestling for many years prior, but this match and the amazing aftermath was the absolute moment I was hooked for life.”

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Nese shared his Undertaker tribute
SmackDown’s Ember Moon also paid tribute to ‘Taker, thanking him for everything he’s done for the industry.

“Words cannot express how much you have done for all of us! #ThankYouTaker,” she tweeted.

Ember Moon added her thanks
The best reaction probably came from Tomasso Ciampa, one of NXT’s top stars, who posted an image of him sharing the ring with Undertaker from 2005 when he made his WWE debut.

“I guess the rematch is off the table,” he joked.

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I guess the rematch is off the table. #NeverSayNever #TheLastRide #ThankYouTaker


Of course, it wasn’t just fellow WWE stars paying their tributes to Undertaker. Twitter is full of fans sharing their favourite memories of The Deadman.

“Hall of Fame 2021 needs to be headlined by this man,” one wrote, while another added:

“Thank you for making our childhood so cool. Thank you for the journeys you took us on. Thank you for growing with us, and evolving. Thank you for being larger than life.”

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Thank you for making our childhood so cool. Thank you for the journeys you took us on. Thank you for growing with us, and evolving. Thank you for being larger than life. Thank you for everything you have given to wrestling. You will always be #ThePhenom. #ThankYouTaker 🙏🏻


Undertaker has said that if Vince McMahon needs him, then he’ll be ready to go. Break glass in case of emergency.

But that may never happen and right now, it seems he’s ready to step away for good. So after an incredible 30-year WWE career, there’s only one thing left to say… #ThankYouTaker.

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Tears From Vince Macmahon While He Portrays The Undertaker


Chapter 2 of ‘Undertaker: The Last Ride’ dropped on Sunday, giving fans insight into the 12 months that followed ‘Taker’s ‘retirement match’ vs Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33.

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The episode covers Mark Calaway’s hip replacement surgery and also shows him battling to get back into shape to make his return against John Cena.

During the build-up to WrestleMania 34 where he faced the 16-time world champion, Undertaker met with Vince McMahon to discuss his WWE future, as his contract had expired.

Vince is also interviewed on camera for the documentary and spoke emotionally about the pair’s relationship.

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“Undertaker – Mark Calaway – is the most loyal performer I’ve ever dealt with,” McMahon said.

“He’s the man you would want in the foxhole with you.”

The boss is then asked what Undertaker means to him personally and he starts to choke up, cutting the interview short.

~The Undertaker

“Can’t do that,” he says.
We rarely see McMahon share so much emotion and it’s clear just how much Calaway means to him on a personal level.

The feeling, of course, is mutual, with Undertaker revealing he’d ‘take a bullet’ for Vince in his own interview.

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“I love Vince McMahon to death,” he said.

McMahon and Calaway have a special friendship
“I would take a bullet for the man – honestly, I would. Yes, he’s my boss. He’s my friend. He’s been like a dad. A brother. He’s been like it all to me.

“I can’t think of anybody more influential in my life, other than my father, than Vince.”

~Vince Mcmahon

Given the incredible respect between the pair, it’s no surprise that Undertaker is yet to walk away from WWE.

Undertaker is yet to walk away from WWE
He was supposed to retire after facing Reigns in 2017 but refused to bow out after a match he described as ‘disgusting’.

Instead, Undertaker is still going strong. The bottom line is, if Vince needs him, he’ll be there.


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The Undertaker Talks Boneyard Match, Why It Wasn’t A Buried Alive Match, Meaning Of “Unholy Trinity”


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Earlier this week, The Undertaker did an interview with Nine Line Apparel on Instagram Live. During the conversation he gave his thoughts about how the Boneyard Match against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36 turned out. Taker also explained why it was called a Boneyard Match instead of Buried Alive Match, what he meant by “Unholy Trinity,” and if he thought WWE would do more cinematic matches in the future.

“Obviously, we always envisioned this match happening in a live arena,” Undertaker began. “Somewhere in the last couple of weeks, we didn’t even know what was going to happen the next day. The idea was thrown at me at doing something off-site. I was like, Yeah, that’s a much better option than trying to have a match that AJ and The Undertaker would have inside an empty arena. In our case, we were very fortunate to go off-site and do what we did.


“The final product — I couldn’t be more proud of it. Under the circumstances, all the different things going on, everybody pulled together and put something like that out there that was different and was intriguing. I can’t speak for AJ, but I’m very proud of what we did.”

For those curious, AJ Styles gave his thoughts about the match here.


At the end of the match, Taker ended up burying AJ Styles in an open grave to get the victory. He addressed why it wasn’t called Buried Alive Match, noting that Styles is the one who made the match and his character doesn’t necessarily know what a Buried Alive match is.

“Well, if I would have made the match, I would have said, ‘Okay, this is a Buried Alive Match,'” Undertaker stated. “AJ Styles doesn’t know anything about Buried Alive Matches, he called it a Boneyard Match, he’s the one who made the match, so, now it’s a Boneyard Match. Even Buried Alive Matches generally happened in the arena, so I think we were just trying to give our audience something like, ‘What is that?’ We try to add a little bit of intrigue and get people talking.”


The WrestleMania match received huge praise and the question was asked if WWE would go forward with more cinematic matches in the future. Taker felt like it could, but it would lend more effectively to those who were more character based Superstars.

“Because that one was so successful it lends to that, but you gotta — not to give myself a pat on the back — you gotta have the right players to do that,” Undertaker responded. “Guys that really understand their characters and really still rely on that part of the business, not just the athletic side of the business. I think more guys kind of lean that way now. Where for me that put me right back in my wheelhouse and AJ can work with a broom handle and put a four star match on.”


For this match, Undertaker went back to more of his “American Badass” gimmick, Taker explained since Styles made it personal he had to lean away from “The Deadman,” and bring out more of his personal side. In this particular match, Taker referred to his character as the “Unholy Trinity,” which was a blend of three things: The Deadman, The American Badass, and himself, Mark Calaway.


“When AJ threw that first stone and made this personal, then it made it a no brainer,” Undertaker said. “I couldn’t stay that mainstream Undertaker and be able to respond and deal with the things he was saying in that character. A lot of people were curious, ‘What is the Unholy Trinity?’ Well, the Unholy Trinity that I referenced was The Deadman, The Badass, and the man himself, Mark Calaway, and I put them all together. My brain was working that way, it was the unification of all these three entities into one person.”

You can check out more from the interview in the video above.


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