The Undertaker is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE. He is the company's most tenured performer, and he's also the only remaining active competitor from the very first episode of WWE Raw in 1993. Calaway began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984. In 1990, Calaway signed with the World Wrestling Federation and The Undertaker was born. The rest, as they say, was history!
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WWE NEWS: THE UNDERTAKER ANGRY WITH VINCE MCMAHON OVER ‘WRESTLEMANIA 32,’ DEADMAN’S WWE CAREER LIKELY OVER
Credit to Taker’s # 1 fan for posting a link to this rumor and to Speed Demon for posting another link to this rumor on the fan forums section.
When Shane McMahon came back to the WWE and ultimately was announced to take on The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32 inside Hell in a Cell, many of us were hyped for it. We all thought it would be awesome to see Shane return so much so that we didn’t think about The Undertaker in all of this. Undertaker originally wanted to face John Cena, but plans changed when Cena went down due to an injury. That led to the match being rumored for WrestleMania 33, but it seems that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon wants The Deadman to work before then.
According to Ringside News, Vince wants The Undertaker to appear at WWE SummerSlam at the end of the summer. He did work the event last year in a match with Brock Lesnar, but he’s apparently not willing to work SummerSlam this year; at least, that’s the impression. Undertaker has not returned any of McMahon’s phone calls regarding the situation. This led to more digging by insiders, and it appears that The Phenom is a bit upset with McMahon right now.
He is reportedly telling those close to him that he is not willing to work another match after McMahon asked him to lose to Shane McMahon at WrestleMania. Undertaker refused to job to the boss’ son, which resulted in the weird storyline result we ended up getting. Due to the issue over the match, Undertaker is not interested in working another match for the company. Fans have been hearing that the WrestleMania match in Dallas is Taker’s swan song.
However, most within the company felt that The Undertaker would want to work again after a bit of time away. Vince McMahon hoped this more than most, and although Undertaker is a professional, he did get upset with the ordeal at WrestleMania. Vince respected Undertaker enough to not have him lose to Shane after he decided against it, but the fact that it got so heated likely means there is more to the story than this.
McMahon is apparently trying to smooth things over with Undertaker, but the Deadman isn’t really allowing him to do so as he is allegedly ignoring the Chairman at this time. The former World Champion has an interesting contract that requires him to work only one match a year minimum to get his downside guarantee. Basically, his contract asks him to perform once and he’ll get paid for the rest of the year.
Regardless of what happens with McMahon and Undertaker for now, Taker will still get paid for the remainder of 2016 as he worked WrestleMania 32 and is not in any sort of breach of contract. Now, if Undertaker decides that he does not want to perform in 2017, the company would then have the right to freeze his deal similar to what they have done with Rey Mysterio and Daniel Bryan before him.
While it is almost obvious The Undertaker would not work for any other company if he decided he was done with WWE, the company does not know this for sure. That’s why they would want to freeze the deal more than anything else. He would remain under contract, not getting paid much at all, and would have to work one match just to get his full pay.
If The Undertaker decides to fully retire, he can remain under contract with the WWE even as his talent contract pushes for him to wrestle unless he has to retire for a medical reason. Regardless, he can be switched to another role within the business which would allow him to still work with the company in some capacity away from the ring. He would then serve out his contract in that way so he didn’t have to perform.
What is so glaring here is that it seems kind of petty for The Undertaker to be upset with Vince McMahon simply because he asked him to lose to Shane. Undertaker has been open in the past to doing business as long as Vince asked him. Undertaker is the most respected man in all of pro-wrestling, and he has always been open to doing what is asked of him. He even allowed “The Streak” to end simply because Vince wanted it to die. On top of that, Taker still got his wish with winning the match at WrestleMania. That said, there is clearly more to the story that WWE is not allowing to get out at the moment. The Deadman is too professional to be mad over this little thing.
For now, we won’t be seeing The Undertaker work for the WWE. We all felt the next time he would be seen would be near WrestleMania 33, if he did return at all. But, even that could be in jeopardy if Vince McMahon and The Undertaker don’t get on the same page. It should be an interesting to see what happens next.
FACT: Inquisitor….NOT anywhere near a credible source. Need I remind readers of the above report and this comment that Inquisitor was the reporters of the Goldberg/WWE reports heading into WM32. They were all over that. Even had variations of the report. One centered on Goldberg and the HOF. Another was on a WM appearance (interfering in Taker/Shane), another was on Taker vs Goldberg with Cena being out injured. Which of those happened? None.
Speed Demon nailed my thoughts on this with one word: bullshit. Listen, if this report had any credibility to it whatsoever, it would have been viewed in some form by the public in 2006 (Khali feud), or early 90’s (feuds with Berzerker, Kamala, Gonzalez.) Taker had plenty of chances to “get angry at Vince” and end his WWE career in whatever way his anger, if he allowed it to, guided him in. He could have walked out like Punk, requested to be let go like Rhodes & Barrett, or just not renew his contract after it expired. Clearly between the early 90’s and now or even 2006 and now, his contract had to have been renewed or extended. Fact is Taker stated and continued to bust his ass for Vince and company for the sake of the fans and the business. Why now after all these years and all these mistreatments in the eyes of fans would he end his career out of anger towards Vince? And what is he angry about specifically? His Streak ending? That was in 2014. If he was gonna end his career out of anger over that, WM30 would have probably been the last time we saw him.
Another reason why I don’t believe it is the site, wrestlingnewsworld.com gives you a preview which is just a few bullet points as to what the report is centered and asks that you get a premium account in order to view the full rumor. Just a way to scam you where they take your money and you get a rumor that ultimately like many will prove to be untrue.
Thanks for the pathetic internet comedy, Inquisitor. Provided me a great laugh 🙂
Taker at Summerslam this year again? I’m all for that. Was already planning on scoring a ticket to the show anyway.
- Venezuelantaker on May 29th, 2016 says:
I hate the inquisitr
- Robyn Whyard on May 29th, 2016 says:
Taker is not that petty. There’s no freaking way. Even if he WAS mad, there’s no way he’d be mad for long. Not at Vince anyway. Chances are, if he doesn’t wanna work SummerSlam, it’s because he wants to stay home and be a Dad/husband. Either that or he’s banged up and needs time to heal up. With Taker, it’s always wait and see. If it happens, yay! if it doesn’t then we have to wait till Mania 33.
- karentaker on May 29th, 2016 says:
The Inqisitor strikes again, eh. I’m shocked of how many people are still taking any notice of them. They are as bad as wrestling observer when it comes to posting a load SHITE! If you carry on feeding the trolls, they’ll keep coming back for more.
- Anan on May 30th, 2016 says:
Completely agree. But even if the trolls weren’t fed, as long as there’s a platform for them to spread their toxins, they’ll spread em. That’s what the internet/digital age which includes but is not limited to social media, podcasts, websites, blogs, etc is for them. It’s really pathetic that the existence of these trolls are so miserable that it’s fake, fake in that all their existence is, is just spreading rumors as that is seemingly all they do. While the internet/digital age has its upsides, these trolls are one of the prime examples of the downsides.
- LighteningStrikes on May 30th, 2016 says:
I don’t like it when crappy online articles like this pop up. Especially if it’s from the Inquisitor.
If Taker did get mad at Vince then it was probably for a few days then he called the boss back and they had a long talk about whatever needed to be done about his career, contract, etc. Those two have such a close relationship (that spans over 20 years mind you) that I highly doubt that Undertaker would mess it up over something petty.
- Anan on May 30th, 2016 says:
Vince stated Taker’s his favorite wrestler/superstar. Kurt Angle stated Vince views Taker as his second son. For over 20 years, WWE which has been owned by Vince has been Taker’s life. So that relationship started before Angle, Austin, Rock, HHH, even got to WWE.
I cannot see anyone else in Taker’s position working with such limited and immobile opponents. Had anyone else (besides Taker and Kane, maybe Sting) had the task of working Gonzalez at a WM, they’d have no showed the event and/or walked out. Taker did not leave WWE then when he was young and healthy enough to become a big star with a successful career anywhere else at a time where there were plenty more places to work (pre-hardcore ECW, Japan, etc.)
In all the years Taker and Vince had worked together, there may have been some falling outs, disagreements, etc. But seeing as how they’re still working together, they worked through that, settled it and continued on. I see absolutely no logical reason why now things turned out different as the article heavily implies.
- Anan on May 30th, 2016 says:
Multiple sites reporting it means nothing. They are just rewording the original report and posting it on their sites as their own. That doesn’t bring any truth to it whatsoever. If anything, it further exposes their ignorance and stupidity. If you take a dishonest report, reword it as your own and post it, it’s still dishonest. Non e of these sites have any credible source(s) to prove that there’s truth to what they’re reporting.
- yousif on May 30th, 2016 says:
I thinkbecause there is no news related to taker these days.
They just want to create one ..
Shan’s said in his last interview. One of the reasons of his comeback was a call from the Deadman himself!
Now if taker is calling Shane and then getting upset . That’s ridiculous.
But one thing is for sure . As I said before . There is something going on we exactly don’t know about it . Things are not normal.
Taker removing gloves out of the scripit can’t be without a reason. He knows what does that mean properly.
I hope things to be good and clear soon
- Mike b on May 30th, 2016 says:
Taker might get mad now and then but not enough walk out on Vince, as posted other older matches if taker was mad hell would of walk out.. Taker I think for now might be done wrestling but all depends Vince’s deal for next wrestle mania.. So for now I think taker is done intill Vince lays out some bug numbers and who to wrestle mite get him back.. But still even if taker doesn’t wrestle any more diffenetly not the end of takers carrier he has many other things taker can do
- Thy Serpent on May 31st, 2016 says:
I too think that Shane losing yet running RAW indicates that it was a possibility that the original plan was for Shane to win. If ‘Taker did refuse to lose to Shane, I don’t blame him. About the rest of the thing about ‘Taker & Vince at cross purposes, I really don’t know. Anyway, we definitely will know about The Deadman’s plans before next year’s Wrestlemania 😉
- karentaker on May 31st, 2016 says:
@ Mike b
You think about how many wrestlers have been angry with Vince over the years. They all just shrug their shoulders and get on with it. At the end of the day, that’s the best way to do it. We all get angry with our boss, don’t we? Like WWE talent, if we all walk out of a job just because you had a ruck with the boss. You’ll soon run out of jobs to go back to!
- Anan on June 1st, 2016 says:
1. McMahons are resourceful, always have backup plans. How do we know Shane gaining control of RAW by baiting his father on the post-WM32 RAW into allowing it was not Shane’s Plan B to reach his goal of controlling RAW?
2. The stip was if Shane won, he’d control RAW (seemingly “forever” or till he decides to step down if and when he ever did.) Yes he controlled RAW. Currently he hasn’t been for the last couple of weeks because he has been co-owning it, 50/50, with Stephanie which was not a part of the stip in his match with Taker.
I came to those conclusions because Shane was not bitter about his loss. He could have cut a promo showing his disappointment for the loss. But instead, he was all smiles and that told me he had a contingency plan in place if he lost. I mean come on LOL. He’s smart, knows what Taker is all about in the ring, in HIAC, and at WM and Shane got Taker in all three environments all at once. He knows Taker’s rep. He knows Taker period as they’ve been friends for a long time now and I think he would not wan to provide Taker his 2nd WM loss, certainly not in Texas. Also, Shane had no help. That too has led me to believe he had a backup plan to control RAW which I gather was bating his father in allowing him to do so because he could have had help in a no holds barred environment like HIAC if he really wanted to and with that help, increase his chances to possibly defeating Taker, who would have as usual overcame the odds to win anyways.
P.S. Shane may still control RAW (100%) anyway if he gets control of the RAW Brand. If not RAW, then he will SD. Of course this is assuming Shane and/or Stephanie will each get 100% of a particular show which I guess it that is since they both co-owned RAW and I gather this was Vince’s way of seeing how they operate while controlling a show for the purposes of selecting owners for the brand extension. I guess Shane and Stephanie met or exceeded his expectations. i just hope the brand split is not a way for one, two or all members of The Authority or for Shane to turn heel and play an authority figure in his own way of controlling any brand during the split.