Undertaker takes us inside his mindset during the Boneyard Match at WrestleMania 36.
Night 1 of WrestleMania 36 was headlined by the Undertaker defeating AJ Styles in a Boneyard Match. This was a very cinematic take on matches that The Undertaker has perfected throughout his generation-spanning career.
Speaking on Instagram live with Nine Line Apparel, The Undertaker spoke about preferring this style of match as opposed to a regular match inside of an empty WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
“I did a segment on the show and in the empty arena and it's just really bizarre because like you said, you're looking for that energy to feed off of and, you know, it is just not there,” “The Deadman” began. “You have to create it in your head and you have to, you know, you almost have to pipe in the fan noise in your head and create that atmosphere. Draw on your memories and draw on, you know, all these other experiences.”
Continuing on, Undertaker explained why he felt an offsite matchup was a much better fit for the Undertaker vs AJ Styles then a regular match in an empty performance center.
“So obviously, you always envision this match happening in a live arena. Then somewhere there in the last few weeks or last couple of weeks, you know, when we didn't know what was gonna happen the next day. The idea was thrown at me about doing something offsite,” Undertaker recalled. “I was like, ‘yeah, that's a much better option than trying to have the match that AJ and The Undertaker would have inside an empty arena.’ So I guess in our case, we were very fortunate to be able to go off-site and do what we did. And the final product, like I said, I couldn't be more proud of it. Under the circumstances, you know, all the different things going on, for everybody to pull together and put something like that out there that was different and was, you know, intriguing. I can't speak for AJ, but I'm very proud of what we did.”
In the build to the match, Undertaker talked about bringing the Unholy Trinity to WrestleMania 36. In this interview, he elaborated that he simply meant he was bringing three sides of his own personality.
"I couldn't stay that mainstream Undertaker and be able to respond and deal with the things he was saying in that character. A lot of people were curious, 'what is the Unholy Trinity?' Well, the Unholy Trinity that I referenced was The Deadman, The Badass, and the man himself, Mark Calaway, and I put them all together. My brain was working that way, it was the unification of all these three entities into one person."
In the same interview, Undertaker gave his opinion on the Firefly Fun House Match between John Cena and Bray Wyatt that took place the following night at WrestleMania 36. You can read his full comments at this link.
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