JR and Hulk Hogan talked to Sports Illustrated about Wrestlemania 32. Here’s what they said about Taker vs Shane:
Jim Ross – “I give the show a B-minus,” said legendary broadcaster and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross. “The buildup was somewhat tepid since they were scrambling around with so many injuries, and there wasn’t much buzz going into WrestleMania, so I thought the show overachieved.”
Ross famously called the Undertaker-Mick Foley Hell in a Cell match in 1998, and noticed some similarities between the legendary Foley fall and Shane McMahon plunging nearly thirty feet off the top of the cage to his demise.
“The reason the Undertaker moved was to lessen the collateral damage by fifty percent,” noted Ross. “When Foley landed, he didn’t land on a body, either. That way you can adjust your body and shock-absorb that fall as best you can.
The Undertaker delivered his best match at WrestleMania since three years prior against CM Punk, and this thirty-minute affair delivered. Ross never doubted the ability of the 51-year-old Undertaker or 46-year-old McMahon.
“Shane and the Undertaker both overachieved,” Ross. “They both have a very good skill set, and they’re both smart enough not to venture too far from it.”
Hulk Hogan – Shane McMahon and the Undertaker also combined to deliver the most memorable match of WrestleMania 32, and Hogan admitted that the image of Shane McMahon flying off the top of the Hell in a Cell cage was an unforgettable moment.
“I was just praying for Shane when I saw him go up there,” said Hogan. “I didn’t know if the Undertaker was going to be there to get hit with that impact, or if he was going to get out of the way, and that’s a heck of a choice to make. You see those tables when they come apart. There are no pads, no buildup, there is just plywood, beaver wood tables, and they go right through it.
Hogan also praised the work of the Undertaker. He remains in awe that the two wrestled at the 1991 Survivor Series, and the Undertaker is still as talented as ever twenty-five years later.
“The Undertaker just keeps coming,” remarked Hogan. “I don’t know what he’s made of. That cell he just climbed in is very, very unforgiving. If you just accidentally stick your pinky through the cage in the wrong way, you’ll break your finger. He’s amazing, and he’s going to do this as long as he wants.”
source: Sports Illustrated/Extra Mustard
I disagree with the article stating that WM32 was Taker’s best match at WM since going against CM Punk at WM29. That just further proves how underrated Taker/Wyatt still is. Both were great and for me, highlights of WM29 and WM31. But WM31 was a better night for Taker IMO. He was healthier, not emotional (WM29 took place shortly after Paul Bearer passed away so how could it not be emotional for Taker?)
Like JR. I did see similarities between Shane’s stunt and Foley’s stunt. I loved Hogan’s praise for Taker. I can’t ever remember one bad thing said about Taker from anyone. But to get praise from – say what you want about him, but can’t deny his contributions, legacy and legendary status – Hulk Hogan, it means something and is definitely a big huge deal and Taker deserves every bit of it.