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“Wrestling is not about doing flips, it’s not about the moves” – The Undertaker In Latest Interview

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• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (February 28, 1993) – WWF Wrestling Challenge

On this day in 1993, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.

It was broadcasted from the Convention Center in Fresno, California and featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF WrestleMania IX’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

– Shawn Michaels vs. Bob Young

– Bushwhackers vs. Casey Cleric & The Intruder

– Mr. Perfect vs. Gary Key

– The Headshrinkers vs. Scott Bazo & Allan Reed

– Hulk Hogan/Brutus Beefcake Interview (From Raw)

– Kamala vs. Ed Moretti

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

• “Wrestling is not about doing flips, it’s not about the moves” – The Undertaker In Latest Interview

During a recent interview with Ed Young at the C3 Conference, The Undertaker was asked about most of the wrestlers nowadays only caring about doing moves and not telling a story in the ring.

Below is what The Undertaker had to say about this:

“The athletes, these guys are incredible, especially this generation right now. I think they’re phenomenal. I mean the things that they can physically do is off the chart. I mean when I was breaking in, I couldn’t even think of the things that they do now. But what happens when you learn that style, like if you’re gonna get on the top rope and you do a double backflip onto somebody or onto the floor, that’s what the audience gets conditioned to see.

So they’re not as invested in that character. They don’t care as much about the character as they care about what they’re gonna do that’s gonna blow your mind. So what ends up happening, when you first do that one flip off the top…you know, after a couple of times I have seen that…’Okay well, now what you got for me?’ So they got to continue to up their games like, ‘Okay well, now I got to do two flips and a twist and do it on the concrete.’

My process was like I have to have people invested in what I’m doing. They have to care whether or not I’m getting my teeth kicked in. They have to be invested in that character. Wrestling is not about doing flips. Wrestling is, you’re telling us a story and you just use the wrestling moves to help tell the story. It’s not about the moves.

It’s the battle of good and evil. Now obviously, through the years, that area has got really grey about who’s good and who’s bad. I mean, I’m a good guy. Look at me. I mean who on earth would ever think a tattooed, 6-foot-8, three hundred some pound guy is gonna be like, ‘Oh, love you man!’

But that was the way I wanted people to be invested in the character. Obviously the things that we do, help that. But I was never one to think that I’ve got to do some kind of crazy, dangerous (moves). I mean I did some really stupid things. Don’t get me wrong, but I mean overall it was all about longevity and keeping the people (invested).

You jump off of the top rope a couple time and you are like, ‘Okay, this is what I’m supposed to do.’ You’re not gonna do it long. I mean the body is not made to take that kind of punishment.

Everybody has all their preconceived ideas about what wrestling is, but the human body is not made to take that. Especially when you figure, you’re doing it for 250 to 270 days a year over a stretch of time. So that was kind of the way I approached it. I wanted people to care about the character.”

You can watch the entire interview below (including an EPIC introduction for The Undertaker):

        
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