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The Undertaker Didn’t Want To Become “The Deadman” Again

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• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (February 27, 1993) – WCW Power Hour

On this day in 1993, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Power Hour’.

This episode featured pre-taped matches & storyline segments on the road to the “WCW Slamboree 1993: A Legends’ Reunion” PPV.

The card can be found below:

– Robbie V (RVD) vs. Rip Rogers

– Cactus Jack vs. Tom Zenk (1st Round of TV Title Tourney)

– Tex Slazenger, Shanghai Pierce & Scotty Flamingo vs. Marcus Bagwell, Too Cold Scorpio & Steve Regal

– Steve Austin & Brian Pillman Interview

– Michael Hayes Slam Jam Promo

– U.S. Champ Dustin Rhodes vs. Paul Orndorff

WATCH: The Undertaker & Kane’s Emotional Hug In The Ring After WWE Crown Jewel 2018 PPV:

• The Undertaker Didn’t Want To Become “The Deadman” Again

During an episode of Something To Wrestle With, Old School WWF Veteran Bruce Prichard (a.k.a Brother Love) talked about how The Undertaker didn’t want to become “The Deadman” again back in 2004.

Below is what Prichard said:

“Mark Calaway hated the idea, absolutely hated the idea of coming back as The Deadman because he thought with the American Badass character he was multi-dimensional and he wasn’t doing the head snaps and everything.

He could work and go out and have a different style of match and he felt that if he came back as the Deadman that he would have to go back to the Deadman persona in the ring. We all felt, ‘Look, let’s give them that at WrestleMania (The Deadman), but then you can evolve in the ring with your work. You can work like the American Badass, but you’re The Undertaker. You’re in your old garb.’ It was a battle.

It was a multi-month battle to really convince him that this would work and he didn’t think that people wanted The Deadman back, he really didn’t. He just wanted to continue on with The American Badass and felt it was a step back to go to the old Undertaker.”

The Undertaker returned as “The Deadman” at WrestleMania 20 and you can watch his epic return below:

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