While Mark Calaway is now synonymous with the legendary Undertaker character, there was a time when he was struggling to even get his foot in the door of WWE.
In 1990, the future Deadman was wrestling as ‘Mean Mark’ in WCW, but that promotion refused him a raise, claiming he would “never draw a dime.” This led to the star finishing up with the company and seeking work with their biggest rival, WWE.
On the debut episode of his Six Feet Under podcast, The Phenom recalled that Bruce Pritchard helped him get a meeting with Vince McMahon in the WWE Chairman’s home.
“There is a gigantic mural of Vince posed up on the wall. Very well done, impressive. The house is massive. This is not in my tax bracket,”
“We start talking, Bruce is putting me over, I’m telling my life story. I feel like it’s going pretty good. He asks me, ‘Do you have any other talents? Do you sing? Do you dance?’ I say, ‘Only in the shower.’
Undertaker realised his mistake as soon as the words came out of his mouth, and thought he was going to end up singing in the shower on TV.
“As soon as I said it, I was like, ‘Ohh, I shouldn’t have said that.’ It was the time of outlandish gimmicks. Now I’m thinking, ‘I’m going to be singing in the shower guy.’ As soon as I said ‘I sing in the shower,’ Vince is like, ‘Really??!?!’ Oh no, I’ve screwed up. I was just trying to be funny.
“This meeting goes on and it feels like it’s been two hours. We get to the end of the meeting. ‘Well, we don’t have anything for you. Maybe after WrestleMania we’ll have something for you then.’ I thanked him for his time.”
The Hall of Famer believes that he got a chance in WWE because McMahon liked him as a person rather than a potential draw.
“The only reason I got a shot is because, at that meeting, I don’t think he thought I was a draw or would be a draw, but he liked the person. He liked who he was talking to and that is why I think he gave me a chance.”
Luckily for fans everywhere, Calaway wasn’t made to sing in the shower on air. Instead, he was given the Undertaker gimmick that ended up standing the test of time and giving him one of the greatest careers in pro wrestling history.
The Undertaker is excited to see WWE merge with UFC
The Undertaker is still tied to WWE to this day and recently accompanied Vince McMahon to Saudi Arabia to attend the Tyson Fury v Francis Ngannou fight. While there, he commented on the recent merger of the company with UFC.
As a big fan of UFC, The Phenom says he is “really excited” about the merger, and believes it provides the potential for worldwide growth.
H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.