8 Things You Didn’t Know About The Undertaker And Vince McMahon’s Friendship
The Undertaker and Vince McMahon have one of the most enduring friendships in the industry, and there's a lot you didn't know about it.
The Undertaker and Vince McMahon have a genuine bond together that has grown throughout the years. The Deadman has been the most loyal employee that the WWE Chairman has ever had, which is why they have built up a respect for one another that has crossed into a true friendship.
They are close together, with their connection being far more than just wrestling at this point. They have gone through a lot of highs and lows over the years, with a lot of moments that many fans are not aware of. These are the foundations on what their friendship is built upon, with the connection between them being brilliant.
8. Using A Name
The Undertaker has a lot of respect for Vince McMahon for everything that he’s done for him over the years. That is something that he showcased with the birth of his son. The Undertaker’s child is named Gunner, but he decided to give a nod to his friend by making the middle name Vincent.
It showcases the genuine love that he has for Vince, honoring his legacy via his son, which will continue for years to come. It’s something that few people are aware of because The Undertaker keeps his family life private, but it is a big part of their friendship.
7. Leaving WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania is the biggest show of the year for WWE, therefore it is an important night for Vince McMahon to be in Gorilla position, watching everything that takes place. However, at WrestleMania 30, the WWE Chairman ended up leaving the stadium, which is something that he never does.
This is because The Undertaker was legitimately hurt following his match with Brock Lesnar. The Deadman had to be taken to hospital, and due to how much he means to Vince, he opted to leave the show to be by Undertaker’s side and ensure that he was fine.
6. Awkward First Meeting
The Undertaker is often seen as someone who has all the answers in the wrestling business, and he doesn’t get flustered in certain situations. However, that wasn’t the case when he first met Vince McMahon, with the two men having a meeting at his house about WWE potentially signing him.
Undertaker has admitted that he was flustered during this encounter and that the meeting was a disaster. Vince wanted to know what special talents he had, and the only thing The Undertaker could come up with was the fact he can sing well in the shower.
5. Ignoring His Calls
The Undertaker is loyal to Vince McMahon and has returned repeatedly to help out the WWE Chairman when needed. However, after he had been booked for an autograph signing that was connected with AEW, they had a fallout. The Undertaker wasn’t aware that the Starrcast event had anything to do with the company when he agreed to it, but Vince McMahon was not impressed.
He ended up arguing with the Deadman, and his appearance from the convention ultimately got pulled. It’s something that caused a rift between them for a while, which led to them not talking for a period, with Undertaker ignoring him until they were able to sit down and work things out properly.
4. Vince Wasn’t Impressed
Nowadays, everybody knows that The Undertaker was a great wrestler, and someone capable of putting together fantastic matches. However, early on in his career, that wasn’t something that Vince McMahon thought he could do, as he wasn’t impressed with him at all.
Vince initially did not want to sign him, which is crazy to think about in hindsight given how important he has ended up being to the business. Their iconic friendship almost never ended up beginning if Vince had his way, as he needed to be talked into signing him.
3. Difference Of Opinions
The storyline that The Undertaker put together with Triple H and Shawn Michaels over the years at WrestleMania is one of the best of his career. A big part of that was the WrestleMania 27 match with the Game, where Undertaker won, but was then unable to leave the ringside area on his own feet, having to be stretchered to the back.
It told a specific story about how far Triple H had pushed him, which would help set up the rematch. However, this led to a big conflict between Undertaker and Vince McMahon. They did not agree on the finish here, as the WWE Chairman felt that Undertaker should never not walk to the back on his own.
2. Standing Up For His Boss
The Undertaker is well-known for being a locker room leader, but he would happily get involved in jokes as well. However, during one plane journey, the Deadman was rudely awoken to see Kurt Angle and Vince McMahon wrestling at his feet. The two men had been doing it a lot, with Vince trying to take down the Olympic Gold medalist.
However, Undertaker didn’t know that, so when he woke up, he thought it was a legitimate fight. Because of his bond with Vince, he immediately took his side without hesitation, grabbing Angle and choking him out on the plane.
1. Instructions To Kill
Vince McMahon might love The Undertaker like he’s his own son, but that doesn’t mean he always treats him like that. This was clear when The Great Khali debuted in WWE. He violently attacked Undertaker, and that was a legitimate situation, which was because Vince McMahon demanded it.
The WWE Chairman had told Khali to go and kill Undertaker in his debut. Clearly, Vince knew that Undertaker would understand the situation, as it was all about making Khali appear to be a monster.