Throughout his career, The Undertaker has left an indelible mark on the world of wrestling. His performances have been characterized by a level of dedication and intensity that is rarely matched. That being said, it seems The Deadman almost walked out of a huge WrestleMania match following an argument with Vince McMahon.
WrestleMania 33 was a tough pill to swallow for The Undertaker as he lost to Roman Reigns in what was believed to be his last match. The loss didn’t sit well with him, and he wanted to make up for it with a better performance the following year.
At WrestleMania 34, The Undertaker took on John Cena in a dream match that had been long-awaited by fans. However, things didn’t go according to plan.
The Undertaker had trained for weeks to put on a classic match with Cena, hoping to redeem himself from the previous year’s loss. But when he arrived at the venue, Vince McMahon informed him that the match would only last for about five minutes and that he was going to squash Cena. The news didn’t sit well with The Deadman, who had trained hard for a 45-minute war.
While speaking on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Undertaker recalled the conversation he had with Vince McMahon regarding the Cena match. The Undertaker was shocked when he was told the match would only last for five minutes. He had been preparing for a long and intense match, and he wasn’t ready to settle for anything less. The Deadman argued with McMahon, telling him that he was either going to do 30 minutes or not go out at all.
“Yeah, I didn’t know it was gonna be short till I got there that day. So I’ve trained for a 45 minute war, right, and all right, here’s redemption. I’m gonna, man, I am going to light this place on fire, I felt good. And Vince calls me into his office and he goes okay, he says it’s just gonna be about five minutes, you know, you’re gonna squash him. I’m like, what? What? And, you know, Vince, he just thought that was the funniest [thing], because he knew how hard I’d been training. I mean, he, and I’m like, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. I said, I’m going. I said, I’m doing 30 or I’m not going out. And he’s like, Mark, that’s not what we need. And I’m like no Vince.
I was like, Where’s John? Where’s he at? So John comes in he goes, Oh no. He goes I talked mad smack about you dude. Yeah, you need to beat me quick and get this over with. I’m like are you kidding me? It’s like we’ve never worked on pay-per-view are you [serious]? And this is WrestleMania, give me a break here. And they both, they ganged up on me. I was finally, I threw my hands up. I was like, I can’t believe [it], and Vince just thought that was the funniest thing because like I said, I trained like an animal, I was so unbearable at home. I mean, as far as my diet and the training and just all my protocols of you know recoup, rehab, I was a nightmare. I get there and yeah, five minutes. And it was like that was it.”
The Undertaker retired back in 2020, during the Survivor Series Premium Live Event and was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame last year. As for John Cena, he will be squaring off against at WrestleMania 39. We’ll have to see how the match will turn out.
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