The Undertaker’s legendary status is a result of his unwavering dedication to putting his body on the line for fans’ enjoyment, but this commitment had its drawbacks. The Deadman is also more than used to seeing pranks in his career and now he has revealed the most childish prank he ever saw in WWE.
During The Undertaker’s heyday, WWE Superstars would endure a more demanding schedule on the road and often found themselves bored. To help make things more bearable, backstage pranks among the Superstars were a common thing.
While speaking on his Six Feet Under podcast podcast, The Undertaker shared a story about a juvenile prank played on him by Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty when he first started with WWE.
According to The Phenom, they would mess with his hat, poking it, pouring sugar on it, and putting flowers in it after his matches. Undertaker played it cool and set up a trap, catching Michaels in the act. Despite being ribbed by others like Paul Bearer, Brian Adams, and even Vince McMahon, Michaels and Jannetty stood out as the more mischievous pranksters during his early days in WWE.
“When I first started with WWE, Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty. They were a couple little turds. That’s what they were. They were just bad. I would go out and have a match. Back then, we’d have somebody there that would bring our ring gear back. Every time I’d come back from a match, there would be my hat sitting on a case somewhere, and it would be poked. The top of it would be poked in. It’d be like sugar poured all over the top of it, flowers put in it. Just silly things that they would do to my hat. I didn’t know who was doing it. One thing with a rib when you’re in the wrestling business is, you don’t sell it. You don’t sell the rib. You don’t let anybody know that the rib’s getting to you. Because if it’s bothering you, it’s only gonna get worse. So I’m just playing it cool and I kind of set it up like a trap one day. I had my hat sitting out on the case. My coat was lying next to it and I’m kind of hiding.”
“This is kinda juvenile in its own right. I’m kind of hiding behind the curtain backstage, watching. I set a trap [and] here comes Shawn Michaels, just be-bopping down the hallway, and he stops. He walked in, he sees my hat and he stops. I remember him looking both ways like ‘Is there anybody around?’ I remember him pushing my hat, the top of my hat, caving my hat in, and I caught him right away. I was like, ‘You son of a b**** .’ And he about pissed himself like, ‘Oh, I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.’ That was some of the more juvenile. I’ve been fairly lucky.”
“There’s only been a few guys that would rib me. Paul Bearer would rib me and Brian Adams would rib me. Those are the only two. Yeah, those are the only two guys or whatever. I mean Vince. Yeah, he went out of his way to rib me. He would spend thousands and thousands of dollars just to rib me and get a kick out of it. But as far as the talent, though, the only two guys that would rib me were Paul Bearer and Bryan Adams.”
Jim Ross also believes that The Undertaker has one more match left in him. The Undertaker previously mentioned facing accusations of ruining people’s childhoods. Nonetheless, fans always love the fact that The Undertaker has a sense of humor and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.
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