The Undertaker took souls and dug holes for thirty years, and he racked up many memorable WrestleMania moments along the way. This will culminate at Survivor Series tonight as The Deadman gives his Final Farewell.

While speaking to Steve Austin during their second edition of the Broken Skull Sessions, The Undertaker revealed that his historic match against Ric Flair at WrestleMania X-8 almost didn’t happen. Instead, Vince McMahon had another opponent in mind for the Deadman: RVD.

The bigger issue was that McMahon didn’t even factor The Undertaker into a WrestleMania match that year. He had two choices, and The Deadman jumped at the chance to work with The Nature Boy over the Whole F’n Show.

“Going into that year, I remember Vince pulling me into the office at a tv and he goes Mark, I’m so sorry, I haven’t got you figured into Mania, right? To Mania. And I was like yeah, I kinda noticed right? Everyone’s deep into their builds already, right? And he goes, I mean I got two guys, I got two guys for ya know? I got RVD and I got Flair. and I don’t think he got Flair all the way out before I said Flair. And he was shocked, right? Vince was shocked, because he thought I was gonna go with the younger, y’know, the guy, and RVD was on his way up and you know he was doing good things. but it was like, I wanna work with Flair. And he was still trying to like, you don’t wanna work with RVD? I said nah, I got plenty of time to work with RVD, I wanna work with Flair.”


The Undertaker and RVD never got that WrestleMania moment, but they were able to create a very special program with Ric Flair instead. It makes us also wonder what Vince McMahon was thinking when he started to build WrestleMania X-8 without The Undertaker in mind for a match.

Thanks to Bodyslam for the quote

H Jenkins

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