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Shawn Michaels originally didn’t think The Undertaker would have longevity with deadman gimmick



Shawn Michaels did an interview with CBS Sports about his friendship with The Undertaker ahead of Taker’s “Final Farewell” at Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view event.

Over the years, Taker has undergone various gimmicks. Of course, he started out as the deadman character before going to a darker version and becoming the American Badass then back into the deadman character. His final match saw him merge the characters into one for a Boneyard Match against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36 earlier this year.

According to Michaels, he originally didn’t think the character would last.

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“He’s dead. He doesn’t sell. It sounded from the locker room standpoint like maybe a limited character. It seemed like he would be very cool, but it would be short lived. Which, of course, 30 years later, that’s pretty dang amusing if you ask me. But it speaks to Mark’s ability. And then seeing it, it was a hard character not to think, ‘What a cool idea.’”

HBK also talked about Taker’s longevity, whether he thinks Taker is actually retired, and more. Check out the full interview here.