Shane McMahon Speaks About Creation Of The Undertaker Gimmick
Thursday, May 18, 2017
SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon recently appeared on The Steve Austin Show podcast and revealed how WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon developed the Undertaker persona.
Here's what Shane had to say:
It actually came through interviewing Percy (Paul Bearer) because Vince and Pat specifically were talking like, ‘well, give us something. We’re thinking about different characters, like what have you done in the past?’ And Percy said he had done a couple of other things and he had done this and he mentioned he was a mortician and all of a sudden my dad just locked in on that. He said, ‘you were a mortician? That’s it! He’s The Undertaker, you are Paul Bearer,' and it was born, that was it.
It’s iconic. No, I don’t [think anyone else could have pulled off The Undertaker gimmick]. It also gets into Mark’s temperament as a human being, that’s who he is. He is Cool Hand Luke. He is the king of the locker room, he is that, everything is measured and reserved. That’s how he works. His punches are thrown for a reason, not just to throw punches in bunches, but thrown for specific reasons and things like that. Moves are not wasted, so that is who he is as an individual.
Here's a link to the podcast: