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WWF Legend On How Much The Undertaker Meant To His Career

The Undertaker 1999

• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (January 20, 2001) – WWF Jakked / WWF Metal

On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly syndicated TV show ‘WWF Jakked’ (night version) aka ‘WWF Metal’ (afternoon version).

It featured pre-taped mid-card matches on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 2001’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

– Perry Saturn vs. Chad Collyer

– Crash Holly vs. Vic Capri

– D’Lo Brown & Chaz vs. Jayson Reign & Steve Boz

• WWF Legend On How Much The Undertaker Meant To His Career

During an appearance on the Steve Austin Show podcast, Old School WWF Legend Kane talked about how The Undertaker helped him become successful as a Professional Wrestler.

Below is what Kane said:

“Again, going back to what Dutch Mantell told me. At the time I was working for Jerry Lawler in the USWA. I was still under contract with the WWF, but they weren’t doing anything with me so they farmed me out with Jerry Lawler.

I am talking with Dutch Mantell and he is telling me that the Kane character is going to be successful because Mark Calaway (The Undertaker) is going to make it successful. That is exactly what happened. He was always a huge advocate of mine. In fact, the first match against The Undertaker was actually in Smoky Mountain Wrestling. He and Shawn Michaels came down and did a show I think was called ‘Super Brawl’ with Jim Cornette.

As you say, he is a big guy that I think he felt that he could draw money with me. The thing about being a big guy in our business is again, you don’t have to take as many bumps but anything you do has to look extremely believable because everything is exaggerated when you are bigger. People expect that. So that is sort of the drawback of it.

Yes, you have to know how to be vulnerable and sell the right way and all of those things but I was very fortunate because Mark was behind the whole thing. He was tremendously helpful. In fact, it is one of those things where you would have egos once in a while where someone wouldn’t want to do something where they need to do and basically I would tell them, look, you can either do this or we can talk to Undertaker about it and eventually they did.

Mark also understood that success in this business when you are in this business it is like a dance and it takes two people to succeed.

He was always all about it and as much as anything the table that was set for me I am going to go in there with The Undertaker. Paul Bearer had been talking about Kane months before he came out, all this stuff that was set up where Kane was going to be successful.

I was fortunate to be the guy that was in that position and to go in there with The Undertaker. The first Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, which had never happened before and I was involved with that. It was one of those things where I couldn’t have written anything better than that.”

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