AJ Styles did an interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated to discuss his highly praised Boneyard Match with The Undertaker that aired on night one of WrestleMania 36.
This match was covered in the final episode of The Undertaker’s docuseries that just aired on the WWE Network. At the end of the episode, Taker made it known that he has no desire to wrestle again.
In this interview, Styles gave fans behind-the-scenes details on what exactly had to happen to make the Boneyard Match a reality.
Styles started out by stating that there were definitely some crazy moments including Taker busting open his arm after hitting a window that resulted in him getting stitches. He stated that the moment and blood added to the match, which he thought was awesome.
“And I don’t know if everyone knows how long it actually took. We started around eight o’clock, and we didn’t get finished ‘til about 4:30 in the morning. It was basically a movie, so we needed to get cameras in the right spot and walk through some stuff that was going to happen. I have a lot more respect for actors after working on those fight scenes.”
He continued by noting that he didn’t know the filming of the match was going to take all night. He also didn’t know how to prepare for such a match, but it all worked out.
“It was difficult to stay up that late, but we pumped each other before the fight scenes. Undertaker and myself, we did our fight scenes in one take. That’s all it took. But at one point, Undertaker had his scene with the minions, so we were waiting for our spot to come up. The waiting, that part was long, but it was still good. The way it all turned out was unbelievable.”
Styles also talked about having Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson being part of the match, original thoughts for the wrestling match before it was changed, and more. Check out the full interview here.