Big Show was interviewed by Forbes. He called Taker “The John Wayne of wrestling” and stated he helped him stay as relevant as he has.
How Has He Stayed Relevant For So Long?
In the WWE, giants seem to come and go, but how has The Big Show stayed relevant for so long? He credits, timing, luck, and mentors who helped to teach him a great work ethic. Terry Taylor, Triple H, Arn Anderson and Fit Finlay are all part of that group, but one man, in particular, seemed to help Show succeed as a big man in the industry.
“The Undertaker is the John Wayne of our business,” Show said. “I watched him come out and deliver some of the best matches night after night. I’ve seen him so sick on some days that after he performed he had to be backstage getting an IV to get fluids in his body because he gave every bit that he had in the ring. A lot of big guys don’t understand about work ethic. Because they’ve been big and things have been handed to them, and they coast through things because they’re big. Undertaker always challenged me to work harder.”
In an interview with The Orlando Sentinel, HBK spoke on Taker’s longevity.
Speaking of longevity, the performer Michaels saves the most praise for is the Undertaker, who made his WWE debut in 1990 and remains one of the top draws at WrestleMania every spring. A match between the two at WrestleMania 25 in 2009 was recently selected by WWE.com as the greatest match of all time.
“When Undertaker came in, it was the greatest gimmick ever, but how long could it last?” Michaels said. “That’s where he’s been such a genius. His success is so different from anybody else’s — he’s just tweaked little things here and there, sometimes big things, but he’s always made it into something new and he’s made a 25-year-plus career out of it. Careers are a lot shorter these days, with guys getting beaten up, but he’s still here.”
source: The Orlando Sentinel