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The Undertaker On Why He Debuted ‘The American Badass’ Gimmick

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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (May 10, 2000) – WCW Thunder

On this day in 2000, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Thunder’ on TBS.

This episode was pre-taped at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW The Great American Bash 2000’ PPV.

The card of the show can be found here:

1. WCW World Cruiserweight Title: Chris Candido vs. Crowbar

2. WCW Hardcore Title – Handicap Match: Terry Funk vs. Harlem Heat 2000

3. Shawn Stasiak vs. Lash Leroux

4. Rhonda Singh vs. Elizabeth

5. WCW Hardcore Title: Terry Funk vs. Chuck Palumbo

6. Handicap Match: Horace Hogan vs. Billy Kidman, Konnan, Rey Mysterio Jr. & Juventud Guerrera

7. David Flair vs. Arn Anderson

8. Kronik vs. Rick Steiner & Tank Abbott

9. Mike Awesome vs. Sting

• The Undertaker On Why He Debuted ‘The American Badass’ Gimmick

While speaking on WWE’s The Bump, The Undertaker revealed that he discussed a character change with Vince McMahon back in the day. He wanted to debut “The American Badass” gimmick so that fans would not grow tired of his “Deadman” character.

Below is what Taker said:

“You know, it took off and it took off fairly fast and then people in less than a year people were really just drawn to it. I’ll never forget it was Survivor Series in Detroit, I was wrestling Hogan for the title and, you know I came out and it was about 60/40. I was a little bit taken back.

I was like ‘oh wow, this is gonna be awkward,’ but it was just kinda the start. People were so drawn because the character was so different.

Fortunately for me I’ve been able to keep my finger on the pulse of the character so when I felt like it was getting stale I would go to Vince and say ‘I think we need to tweak this here,’ you can’t continue to do the same thing. Even back then there was too much content. Like, if I’m feeling stale then I know that my audience is probably starting to feel it too.”

The Undertaker brought back his American Badass gimmick at WrestleMania this year.

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