The Undertaker has long been considered the locker room leader in WWE.
After debuting in 1990, the 6-foot-11 Deadman has remained with the company for 30 years this November and he was set the standard that the rest must follow.
As you can imagine, as the top star, he became close with WWE owner Vince McMahon over time.
But no one has ever really known how close. After all, Undertaker never did interviews until recently and Vince McMahon is as guarded as they come too, protecting the business at all costs.
In the latest episode of Undertaker’s five-part WWE Network series ‘The Last Ride’, the Phenom and The Boss open up about their special relationship.
McMahon says that Undertaker is the most loyal performer he’s ever had and he never once flirted with the idea of leaving WWE, not even during the Monday Night Wars.
“Undertaker, Mark Calaway, is the most loyal performer I’ve ever dealt with,” McMahon states. “He is the kind of man you would want literally and figuratively in the foxhole with you.”
The Undertaker reciprocates that sentiment and says he would take a bullet for McMahon.
“I love Vince McMahon to death,” ‘Taker starts. “I would take a bullet for the man – honestly, I would. Yes, he’s my boss. He’s my friend. He’s been like a dad. A brother. He’s been like it all to me. I’ve gone through some really harrowing personal issues in my life. Kind of let them takeover who I am as a person.
“The problems just became so monumental that I didn’t really care about anything else. He was the one that basically set me down on a chair and told me ‘Mark, you quit feeling sorry for yourself.’
“And I’m like, there’s nobody else that could have said that to me and I wouldn’t have got off my chair and knocked the s*** out of them. But it was Vince, and I knew it was true. And, I knew where it come from. Tough love, ya know? That’s what I needed. And not because he was my boss or anything else, it was because he was my friend and cared about me.
After Undertaker’s words, What has The Undertaker meant to the WWE and to you personally? “Can’t do that,” said McMahon, fighting back the tears.
‘Taker’s wife, Michelle McCool, goes on to say in the documentary that if Vince calls on The Deadman and ‘Taker thinks Vince needs him, he’s there.
That sure does explain a lot of what we’ve seen in the past few years.
Make sure you check out The Last Ride on the WWE Network this Sunday as WWE chronicles the late stages of the legendary Undertaker’s career
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