As previously noted, the Boneyard Match at WrestleMania 36 on Saturday night may have been The Undertaker’s last match and he hinted at that on Sunday on Instagram.
If that is the case, then the mission to have Taker go out on a high note was accomplished as the match has been widely praised online. WhatCulture.com has some behind-the-scenes details on the match on who helped put everything together and news on original plans.
WWE contracted an outside production company in Florida to put the set together. A custom set was made and it took five days to build. The original idea was just to have a graveyard but that changed when WWE officials Triple H and Michael Hayes saw the quality of the work from the production crew so more was added to the set. As noted earlier, it was an eight-hour shoot from 9 pm to 5 am from the night of March 25 to early morning on March 26.
WWE made sure to hire local people in the Orange County, Flordia area. The downturn in the economy has forced a lot of people to go without paychecks but thanks to WWE, the production was well-compensated and a source told WhatCulture that their rent was paid through April thanks to the pay received from WWE.
The original idea for The Undertaker’s entrance was to use an abandoned ditch, bridge and roadside but the crew was told that they would be on city property and there was no permit to shoot in that area.
The WWE crew was said to be friendly with the hired production staff. The Undertaker, AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson were said to have spent as much time as necessary with the people dressed as druids to show them what they needed to do during the scene when Taker fought them off.
If you saw the match/segment, you noticed that there was a lot of trash talking. That was reportedly not in the final script for the brawl but both guys felt it was necessary. Triple H agreed to let Taker and Styles improvise as the trash-talking helped to add to the scene.
Another interesting behind-the-scenes note is that The Undertaker was not supposed to bleed. The part where Taker hit the hearse was re-shot and Taker cut his arm when he smashed the window on the second take. Instead of pausing to bandage him up, they continued filming. The hand smashing through the window is reminiscent of when Goldberg was injured when he smashed his hand through a limo on WCW television in the late 90s. There is no indication that Taker was seriously injured when he smashed his hand through the hearse window.
The hand that was shown sticking out of the dirt was actually a hand prop that Triple H and Michaels Hayes spotted earlier on location. Taker was the one who suggested using it to show “AJ’s hand” sticking out of the dirt. Taker reportedly believed it would be a nice touch for the production. Some of you may remember a similar scene in 1996 when The Undertaker was buried at In Your House: Buried Alive and the show ended with Taker’s hand sticking out of the grave.
As written about earlier, Taker felt that he needed to redeem himself for lackluster matches in the last couple of years. He specifically wanted to erase the memory of his bad match with Goldberg.
Click here to see behind-the-scenes photos of Taker, Styles, and the entire crew that worked on the Boneyard Match.