Corey Graves interviewed The Undertaker this week on Corey Graves’ “After The Bell” podcast. Taker was on the show to discuss his wrestling career and Chapter 5 of “Undertaker: Last Ride” that premieres this Sunday on the WWE Network.
Taker told several stories about his career including what it was like to work with The Big Show. There were reports in 1999 suggesting that there was heat on Big Show when he first joined WWE. Taker confirmed that he and Show did not get along at first.
“I consider him one of my close friends now,” Taker said. “But, he came in running off that big WCW hype train. When he first came in, he thought he was the shits and treated people like they were less than him, and I don’t tolerate that. He had to understand, number one, what he was. It was a gift. The way he tried to work initially was wrong. His size was his gift. The fact that he was so athletic, he wanted to be able to do all these things. For me, watching it, it just didn’t work because it took away all the things that made him special. It made him like everybody else. It took me forever to get him to realize that you are a giant. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you need to do something. His heart was in a good place because he wanted to work and show people how athletic he was. He devalued himself in the process. Then on the human being aspect, it took awhile for him to realize that because we are talented doesn’t make us any better than who is pulling the cables or setting up something. There were a few incidents where he treated some people pretty bad and he got the crooked finger pointed to him quite a bit. I was trying to help him reach his full potential, not only as a performer, but as a human being. Not that it was my role to do that, but I knew there was a lot there. I wanted him to excel on all levels.”
Everyone should listen to this podcast. Taker also talks about his relationship with Vince McMahon, getting offered a lot of money by WCW and why he turned it down, what it’s like to break kayfabe for interviews, working with Bret Hart, Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero, The Great Khali and tons more.