The Last Ride documentary on the WWE Network has given us a fascinating look into not only The Undertaker, but also the mind of Mark Calaway.
Honestly, if you haven’t caught any of the documentary chapters, I strongly urge you to do so. I’d go as far as to say that it’s the best documentary series that WWE has ever produced.
To promote the show, we’ve recently seen The Undertaker speak to various podcasts/YouTube channels. On that note, if The Undertaker is reading this, feel free to get in touch so we can set up an chat on WrestleTalk Interviews.
During his latest interview, The Undertaker spoke to Sam Roberts about considering leaving WWE/F and jumping ship to WCW. Obviously, ‘Taker decided to stay with Vince McMahon’s company:
“Yea, there was a time I was so frustrated with our creative direction. We had a bunch of really goofy characters. They (WCW) are down there doing real angles. It was common knowledge that they opened up the checkbook. I was hearing guys talking about the money they are making. You would be able to get a good check and stay at home most of the time. Those thoughts were there. But, when it got down to it, I said I can’t. Obviously I’m not the best businessman but something inside me said you can’t leave here.
“One, when I was there, and although the management had changed at this point, I went in to renegotiate a contract. I had been there for 8 or 9 months. My deal was coming up. I was trying to get a little bump in the money. I was on the bare minimum deal. I wasn’t looking to break the house. I went in and met with Jim Herd, Ole Anderson, and Jim Barnett. They looked at me straight in the eyes, and said you are a great athlete, but nobody will ever pay to see you wrestle. My loyalty to Vince was stronger than the short term cash I could have made if I left.”
One of the best things about The Undertaker documentary is the insight it gives into the relationship between Vince McMahon and The Undertaker. Seeing ‘Taker speak about his loyalty to McMahon is something that is rare in wrestling.