In his latest batch of Q&A’s on his website, JR answered a good portion of Taker questions.
the tennessee stud Asks:
JR, with Mark Calaway at or near the end of his career, do you think the WWE should consider “recasting” the role of the Undertaker? Since they own the name and likeness, couldn’t UT be recast like James Bond gets recast every now and again, or Superman gets recast? Would fans accept an “Undertaker 2.0”, “Millennium Undertaker”, “New Undertaker” or something similar?
It’s certainly possible but it isn’t something that I would normally do and nor would likely do it here either.
Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa. What factors would you say contributed to Undertakers’ success in the WWE. Its 25-plus years later and Taker still gets good reactions whenever he returns. His longevity is incredible and I hope the WWE will give him a one of a kind send-off.
Taker has been an Ironman who exudes consistency, a high skill set, and has been in main event storylines for decades which helps build his legacy and reputation. Undertaker is arguably the greatest WWE superstar of all time based on tenure and productivity over the years.
Hello Good Ol J .R. How are you? I just signed up on your website. great stuu! My question is this. Do you ever plan to have Legendary Undertaker on one of your podcasts reral soon if ever??? thanks for your time. Take care. bye Love Jennifer
Undertaker has a standing invitation to appear on the Ross Report podcast and we are hopeful that some day that dream can become a reality.
JR, one of my favorite matches from the early 2000’s, was a match you called. It was the Undertaker vs Jeff Hardy in a ladder match. Undertaker beat the crap out of Hardy for most of the match, with Hardy coming oh so close to winning the WWE title. At the end of it all the Undertaker paid respect to Hardy in a loss, who didn’t quit and kept fighting despite getting his ass kicked. I feel like a similar template should have been used for the Ambrose/Lesnar match, just to be honest that match has turned out to be an utter failure from a “booking” POV. Ambrose could have been made in a loss but instead we got a Brock Lesnar showcase match for 13 minutes, then Ambrose moves onto Jericho like nothing happened It is no wonder viewership continues to decline when lack of logic continues to be displayed on such a consistent basis.
Comparing Taker’s TV persona and Lesnar’s TV persona isn’t apples to apples. Plus, Jeff Hardy vs Taker on RAW doesn’t compare to Lesnar vs. Ambrose at Wrestlemania 32 in multiple ways. Both matches had different story tellers and were on different stages with different storylines.
Hey JR You keep saying Taker deserves a highly promoted sendoff unlike any other talent in WWE. How would you book Taker’s retirement? Where would you have his final match? Who would you have as his final opponent? Would you have him win or lose his final match?
Booking a Taker farewell match would be easy but it would depend on when and the lay of the land at the time but it would be a dream match scenario if possible at Wrestlemania without question.
Now that we’ve had multiple weeks of Shane “running” Raw, may I ask…what was the point of the Shane/Undertaker Wrestlemania match? There’s no consequence to Shane losing. In fact he’s been rewarded for losing because he gets what he wanted anyway. The point of adding that stipulation the Wrestlemania match was what then?
Don’t have an answer for you…sorry. It’s obviously not that big an issue to WWE or they wouldn’t have forsaken their top Wrestlemania stipulation after 24 hours. Dave Meltzer and I address this matter on this week’s Ross Report Podcast.
I don’t agree with “Undertaker 2.0.” First, it won’t be anywhere near as successful as THE Undertaker. In today’s reality era, how “Undertaker-ish” can one be? The closest thing to Undertaker today is Bray Wyatt. But he’s nowhere near Taker. Taker’s supernatural and has a mystique about hm that can’t be duplicated. Bray is not supernatural. He’s just a normal guy that’s creepy at times and cuts riddle-like promos. He’s part of a family while Taker was more of a loner. Bray does out of character interviews. Taker did less than a handful of those in his 25 years in WWE and his longest interviews were during his ABA days which was just an exaggerated TV version of his real life self rather than a supernatural character. Undertaker 2.0 is essentially a remake/reboot in a sense and those often do not work. It would tarnish the character’s legacy that Taker’s worked damn hard to build, only for the character to go away because the 2nd guy couldn’t do jack with it.
Arguably the greatest of all time? It’s open to interpretation. Any greatest of all time list is different and based on different factors. Doesn’t matter what number he’s on or the factors involved, no list of all time greats is complete without Taker.
I’d most certainly welcome Taker on JR’s podcast. I want Taker to do Austin, JR and Jericho’s podcasts. But then again, not too many either. Podcasts are getting overdone if they aren’t already are.
Comparing Taker to Lesnar is just flat out stupidity. They’re different in so many ways on and off screen.
Love JR’s answer to the Taker send of question. If it’s a dream match, then the only ones really left are Jericho, Kurt Angle, and maybe to a lesser extent, Cena. Maybe Rock & Goldberg too. Here is how I see it from most likely to least likely:
1. John Cena – Why he’s most likely….pretty obvious.
2. Jericho – Part-timer. But still on top of his game. Anyone who says otherwise don’t know anything about anything that has to do with pro wrestling. The Jericho/AJ Styles series and the TV bouts with Sami Zayn should be proof of that.
3. Rock – He’s at #3 because he still appears for WWE, albeit very rarely. But that’s more than Angle and Goldberg, currently who aren’t even signed with WWE yet.
4. Kurt Angle – I Feel he has one more match in WW left at least. I feel WWE will use that match wisely to put a young talent over. If his recent run in TNA is any indication, he may even want it that way.
5. Goldberg – He’s only here because he talks about being “open” to one more match.
6. Sting – He’s on the list because he keeps saying he wants the match. He’s at #6 though because he’s currently retired. He came out of retirement before….but he’s older now.
Taker/Shane may have been pointless now (only from Shane’s stipulation though) with Shane now running RAW. But I don’t see it that way. As per the stips, had Shane won, he’d permanently run RAW (unless he ever gave up the position.) His currently running RAW is temporary though because he did not win the match.
Amazing on a talent who’s rarely ever seen is so talked/asked about as much as Taker is.