Never let it be said that Vince McMahon always prefers to crack his nuts with sledgehammers…..
Reports have emerged that early last year, The Undertaker signed a mammoth 15 year contract with WWE that would in theory keep him aligned with WWE until 2034. Crikey!
According to Dave Meltzer in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, management in WWE were perturbed by The Undertaker booking himself a string of non-WWE engagements in late 2018 and early 2019. Most notably, Taker signed up for a spoken word tour of the UK with Inside The Ropes, a spot at the first For The Love Of Wrestling convention in Liverpool and an appearance at Conrad Thompson’s Starrcast II event in Las Vegas. It’s fair to assume that it was the latter that Vince and co objected to the most. Starrcast II took place around Double Or Nothing, the first PPV event from the burgeoning All Elite Wrestling and featured their major stars prominently at the convention. It is very easy to understand why WWE would not want even the slightest perception that their longest tenured talent was in any way even remotely affiliated with their latest competitors in the wrestling marketplace.
If the timing of this contract is accurate, that would leave ‘Taker signed to WWE until he was 69 years old.
The Undertaker’s name has been on the lips of wrestling fans even more than usual recently with the recent release of the first episode of his in depth documentary service, The Last Ride. A truly exceptional piece of work, you can read our review of the debut episode here.
The Undertaker being signed long term to WWE is actually a fairly reassuring thought. Taker remained famously loyal to WWE during their years in competition with WCW. So loyal in fact that WCW head honcho Eric Bischoff didn’t even consider making an offer to The Deadman. The thought of him wrestling or appearing anywhere else is strangely bothersome, don’t you think?
Episode 2 of ‘The Last Ride’ drops on the WWE Network on Sunday 17th May. A preview clip can be viewed below.