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WWE News: Vince McMahon apparently had second thoughts about signing The Undertaker

Soumik Datta
9.36K   //    18 Jan 2018, 16:49 IST

The Undertaker is rumored to face-off against John Cena at Wrestlemania 34
The Undertaker is rumored to face-off against John Cena at Wrestlemania 34

What’s the story?

Former WWE producer and on-screen manager Bruce Prichard was recently a guest on Jim Ross’ podcast, The Ross Report. During Prichard’s interview with JR, the 54-year-old revealed that it was initially his idea to bring in The Undertaker to the WWE.

In case you didn’t know…

The partnership between Bruce Prichard and The Undertaker dates way back to 1990, when Prichard (Then known as Brother Love) managed The Deadman, who at the time was billed as “Kane the Undertaker”.

Prichard continued to manage The Undertaker until February of 1991, before selling his contract to Paul Bearer who eventually became Undertaker’s new on-screen manager.

The heart of the matter

According to Bruce Prichard, Vince McMahon thought that Mark Callaway aka The Undertaker looked like a “tall red-headed basketball player” and nothing more than that. Additionally, Prichard also revealed that back in the day, he and Vince McMahon also engaged in a very intense argument with each other when they had initial discussions about bringing in The Undertaker.

Apparently, McMahon had also cancelled one meeting with Mark Callaway, as the WWE Chairman said that he wasn’t interested in signing Callaway as a potential talent anymore.

However, Prichard said that he somehow urged McMahon to think twice about making his final decision regarding The Undertaker and they eventually decided to give ‘The Deadman’ a try. The Undertaker eventually went on to become one of the greatest superstars in WWE history—if not the greatest of all time.

What’s next?

Both Undertaker and Bruce Prichard are scheduled to return to the WWE next week as part of Monday Night Raw’s 25th Anniversary episode. This will also be Undertaker’s first WWE appearance since his loss to Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania 33.

On the other hand, the WWE Universe could possibly witness a reunion—or an interaction to say the least—between ‘Brother Love’ and ‘Kane the Undertaker’.

Author’s Take

As fans of the WWE and The Undertaker, I believe we all should be thankful to Bruce Prichard in the first place, as it was Prichard’s decision to bring in The Deadman to WWE.