The Undertaker regained his iconic biker persona at WrestleMania 36 for a Boneyard Match against AJ Styles this year. This type of cinematic match was the first in WWE.
The Deadman has expressed multiple times how much he likes the way AJ Styles works. Ahead of his final sendoff at this Sunday’s Survivor Series, The Undertaker opened up to SPORF about the game, among other things.
The Undertaker wanted to have a traditional match with AJ Styles
The Undertaker responded if he wanted to face any Superstar in WWE but it never happened. He said he wanted to have a traditional wrestling match with AJ Styles in the square circle.
He added that he was very proud of the Boneyard party they organized. But a traditional match was something he wanted to happen.
The Deadman went on to say that he loves what AJ Styles does in the ring, comparing him to Shawn Michaels, whom he has hailed as “the greatest in-ring fighter of all time.”
“Even though I’m very proud of Boneyard’s match, I wish… I would have liked to have a ‘traditional match’ with AJ Styles in a wrestling ring. I told him on several occasions that “I wish you had come here 10 or 15 years earlier”, because I love the way he works. I love what he does in the ring. I called him the ‘modern Shawn Michaels.’
AJ Styles currently considers himself the captain of the RAW Men’s Survivor Series team. His teammates refuse to acknowledge that.
In the weeks leading up to The Undertaker’s Final Farewell, various WWE Superstars cosplayed their iconic depictions throughout the years. AJ Styles chose to replicate the biker outfit he wore at the Boneyard Match, right down to the bandana.
I MAKE THIS LOOK GOOD! # Undertaker30 @WWE pic.twitter.com/CVieDKyxpS
– AJ Styles (@AJStylesOrg) November 12, 2020
The Undertaker will be live on Survivor Series this Sunday, November 22.
Kurt Angle ‘negotiated’ comeback match with big name
WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle remains one of the most technically gifted professional wrestlers to ever set foot inside the squared circle. He had arguably the best rookie year in WWE history as he won the WWE Championship in one year and competed at the highest level for many years after that.
Angle would leave WWE in 2006 and headed to TNA Wrestling, where he spent a decade with the company, surpassing the seven years that he remained in WWE. He also had instant classics on TNA, including matches against players like AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Nigel McGuiness, and many more.
Angle would return to WWE in 2017 and also had a short career as a competitor in the ring, before finally returning to WrestleMania 35 in 2019. He lost his last match against Baron Corbin, in a move that Angle really regrets until this date.
According to a report from PWInsider, it was revealed that Impact Wrestling opened negotiations with Kurt Angle last year about the idea of Angle returning to face Ken Shamrock.
When we interviewed him last year, he didn’t rule out the idea of guest appearances. Impact Wrestling opened negotiations with him last year with the idea that Angle would return to fight Ken Shamrock, but they did not reach an agreement, as we were told that Angle chose not to participate in the discussions. So we may not have seen the last of him in the ring, but as a full-time artist, it’s not happening.
Roman Reigns lost ‘Top Star’ to WWE Stable
Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose will always be known as The Shield, but they almost had an additional member when it was a new stable with a new name. Big E revealed that there was talk of plans to have him as the fourth member of The Shield, but he was lost in the confusion before he could sadly join. Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman have just confirmed that they are “boycotting” a WWE show.
Big E said on a WWE Network special: “My first feeling of being called was in 2012. I was looping. Any collective period of days is a loop. It’s roman [Reigns], Seth [Rollins], Dean [Ambrose], and me. It was thought of joining the four of us as a group.
Obviously, that changes, they go on to international fame as The Shield. They told me, ‘You’re going to be with Dolph and AJ, on your first night, you’re going to attack John Cena.’ I’m thinking, ‘Man, this is it.’
Big E said it was “too embarrassing” to watch himself, so he wouldn’t be watching his new WWE Network documentary.
Big E tweeted ahead of the premiere: “I’m embarrassed to see myself or see people say nice things about me (so I’m going to sit down) but please tune in to my # WWE24 tonight on @WWENetwork,” wrote Big E on Twitter. “They are constantly producing stellar documents, so I know I am in good hands.”
The Rock ‘Angry’ rants at AEW’s big name leaks
The Rock is still considered one of the most popular professional wrestlers in the history of the business. During the No Way Out 2001 pay-per-view, The Rock challenged Kurt Angle for the WWE title in a singles match.
While The Rock won the match, it was not without its problems. The end of the match was botched, as current AEW referee Earl Hebner mistook the second Rock Bottom delivered by The Rock as the first and stopped counting to three.
Kurt Angle talked about the failed ending on “The Kurt Angle Show” where he revealed that the failure was simply a mistake. He then revealed that The Rock was absolutely livid with failure.
“Well, you know, I clearly remember that Earl probably thought it was the first Rock Bottom. I think we had a Rock Bottom early in the game, and Earl forgot about it. So the end was supposed to be the second Rock Bottom, and Earl thought the second was the first. So that’s why he hesitated in the count. “
Dwayne, The Rock was pissed off. He picked me up, Rock Bottomed me and said to Earl, looked him in the eye and said, ‘Count the fucking ending!’ (Laughs) He’s pissed off! Earl will get it when we get back to Gorilla. But Dwayne, he was angry at the time, and when he got backstage, he got cold. He didn’t scream or anything. We all make mistakes.”