The son of a legend speaks!
"The Phenom" The Undertaker just wrapped up another run with the WWE that concluded at 'Crown Jewel' in Saudi Arabia where he and Kane fell in defeat to Triple H and Shawn Michaels. WrestleMania season is right around the corner and there is no word on if WrestleMania 35 will feature an Undertaker match or not. Many wresting fans grew up watching The Undertaker and the development of his character but there is one young man who had the chance to know the man behind the character before the majority of wrestling fans did and that is The Undertaker's son Gunner Calaway.
Gunner was recently interviewed by Chandler Sorrells and Gunner made it clear that as of right now his focus is on pursuing a career in video game design and not professional wrestling. He did however give his take on the wrestling business and is very high on the people who put their bodies on the line every night to entertain the fans.
“As far as interesting, or the one you said - crazy memories or anything like that, I would say what’s always been interesting to me is the community and it’s such a strong community. It’s so funny because I remember growing up and I remember meeting all of these people - all of these larger-than-life characters and you kind of have these conations and expectations when you meet them because you see them on TV because they have these big personalities. There’s so much respect for everybody in that business and then what’s everybody’s there for, their passion." He reflected. "I can’t think of any one person that I met in my life that worked in the business that was rude or disrespectful or kind or higher than everybody else. It was always such a strong community and that goes across the board; be it the wrestlers themselves or the fans. Everybody’s who’s approached me and was respectful as if, ‘Oh my gosh, these guys had such a big impact on my life and we grew up watching these people’ and to me it’s always been cool to - like you said indirectly and not my own choice, but brought into this very passionate and very respectful community. Wrestling fans are some of the most boisterous and passionate people that I know but they’re awesome, and it’s a charmed life for sure.”
At WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, The Undertaker closed the show with Roman Reigns and after Taker was defeated he gave a sign that the match was his last as he took off his signature robe, gloves and hat and went to the outside and hugged his wife Michelle McCool and Gunner who were at ringside. Gunner stated that the moment was not planned and added that he and Michelle were just invited to sit front row and enjoy the match.
“No, no we were just there." He said when asked if he had to sign a contract of sorts for that moment. "It was cool - I got to fly out and hang out with them for a little bit before the show and then yeah, they just offered us to come down to ringside and see the match up close which I mean, of course, that’s the best seat in the house in my opinion but yeah [I] was just there to give support and be a part of it and just be there for them. I’m always grateful for those kind of opportunities.”
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, The Undertaker and Kane did battle with D-Generation X at WWE 'Crown Jewel' and the big story coming out of that match was Triple H tearing his pectoral and having to undergo surgery. To read the latest update on Triple H coming out of surgery, click here.
If any quotes in this article are used, please credit Chandler Sorrells with an H/T to Fightful for the transcriptions.