The Undertaker Reveals How He Reacted When Vince McMahon First Pitched “The Deadman” Character

The Undertaker has become one of the most feared and respected characters on WWE TV over the course of his career. One of the biggest reasons that The Undertaker was able to get over so well with the WWE Universe was because his character was something that had never been done before.

The compelling storyline that later involved Kane was revolutionary for that time and it allowed both men to become two of the biggest stars in the company.

While appearing on Extraa Dhamaal earlier today, The former World Champion was able to reveal his thoughts on The Undertaker character when Vince McMahon first pitched it at the start of his career.

“Almost immediately, yeah. When Vince presented that to me, he basically showed me The Undertaker. He gave me the name and he showed me the storyboard and the drawings of the character. Immediately, I was mesmerized. I was like, this is so different from what anyone else has done, just visually. Not even getting into the character aspects of it. Then when he kind of gave me what he thought The Undertaker was, I was like, yeah, I like it. I like it a lot.”

While The Undertaker later became The American Badass, he did return to his original character towards the end of his career and retired as The Phenom (or more like a hybrid).

“The more I started to develop the character, the more and more I became that guy. And you can attest to this, the more you take on a role, you become that. And I think it’s why it comes off so genuine to people. I think it’s why people were so shocked when I did The Last Ride documentary, as they got to see a whole another person that they didn’t even really know existed. Yeah, they thought it, but most people were like, ‘Hmmm no, that’s The Undertaker. I’m not going to look him in the eye, because he may not like it.'”