A former WWE writer has revealed that one character from the company’s history was never to be referred to in front of Vince McMahon.
Vince McMahon strong-armed his way back onto WWE’s Board of Directors at the start of 2023 before being installed as the company’s Executive Chairman. Many are wondering how long McMahon will wait before trying to recoup control of the company’s creative direction with some in WWE believing that “the countdown is on” for such a thing to happen.
One sign that McMahon is not back in charge might have been witnessed on the 30th anniversary of Raw when The Undertaker made an appearance. The Deadman did not make his iconic long walk to the ring while his funeral dirge filled the arena but rather The American Badass rode again as ‘Taker made his way to the ring on a motorcycle.
Former WWE writer Andrew Goldstein commented on the surprise appearance on social media by saying that they were warned not to mention The American Badass version of The Undertaker in front of Vince McMahon:
“True story: I once mentioned in a WWE creative meeting that I loved the American Badass and Bruce quickly shushed me and advised me NEVER to mention that in front of Vince. #RAW30“
True story: I once mentioned in a WWE creative meeting that I loved the American Badass and Bruce quickly shushed me and advised me NEVER to mention that in front of Vince. #RAW30
— Andrew Goldstein (@AngeGold) January 24, 2023
It was rumoured that The American Badass persona of The Undertaker was going to appear at WrestleMania 34 in 2018 with Kid Rock, who performs his entrance music, being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before the event. Rock’s political comments during his induction speech reportedly led to Vince McMahon nixing that idea.