Bruce Prichard Publicly Apologises To The Undertaker For “Worse Than Awful” Matches
WWE Executive Director Bruce Prichard has apologised profusely to The Undertaker for having him compete in matches that “stunk to high heaven.”
The Undertaker’s place in wrestling history is secure for all time after his legendary 30-year career. ‘The Phenom’ was a main event star whether or not he was holding a championship belt, and one of his biggest legacies is the undefeated streak he achieved at WrestleMania, one that will likely never be beaten.
However, although he had an all-time wrestling masterclass with Shawn Michaels, the main event classic with Edge, and his final cinematic farewell bout with AJ Styles, there was another side of the coin which saw The Undertaker in matches many would rather forget.
The likes of King Kong Bundy and Giant Gonzalez might be less well-remembered victims of The Streak, but there was another feud that Bruce Prichard thought was so bad that he decided to apologise to the Deadman for on his Something To Wrestle podcast.
The rivalry in question was The Undertaker’s 2005 feud with Heidenreich. Heidenreich debuted with WWE in 2004, and quickly became embroiled in a conflict with the ‘Last Outlaw’ that led to a Casket Match at the 2005 Royal Rumble. While the two men clashed on pay-per-views, they shared the ring more often at live events in a series of bouts that Prichard would sooner forget.
“I’m sorry man. I gotta take exception [to The Undertaker and Heidenreich house show matches being referred to as “really bad”]. That’s an example of being completely wrong. Those matches stunk to high heaven. They weren’t ‘really bad’, they were awful. They were worse than awful. They were — I mean if you saw that, it would take you weeks to get that stink out of your clothes.”
“I would publicly like to say to The Undertaker, I’m sorry.”
Following the feud, Heidenreich became an unlikely tag team partner of Road Warrior Animal and the duo even managed to win WWE Tag Team Championship gold on one occasion. However, in January 2006 Heidenreich was released from WWE and hasn’t reappeared in the company since.
H/T to POST Wrestling for the above transcription.