As the part of the promotion for his new Last Ride series, Mark Calaway sat down with The Ringer’s The Bill Simmons Podcast to discuss his lengthy career.
On the show, the Phenom was asked about his thoughts on the Montreal Screwjob and revealed he was very unhappy with how things went down. He said:
“I was like, I could have possibly been used to get what we needed. Take Shawn Michaels out of this, let me do it and then I’ll do business on the other side and I think Bret probably would have gone for that. I mean there was such disdain at that time between the two of them and Bret was leaving but I was just like, if you had come to me with this too, and it’s his company and he did what he thought what was best, but I was like ‘I think I could’ve helped this whole thing out.”Quote Credit-Cagesideseats
Its interesting that the Deadman says this, as he could’ve been the one challenge, Bret, for the title on that fateful November night if he had been victorious and crowned the number one contender in the first-ever Hell in a Cell match the month prior at Bad Blood Adding that he showed up late to Red Brand RAW the next day because of how angry he was about the situation, The Undertaker said he could’ve been the one that Bret lost the title to, only for the Phenom himself to lose the gold to Shawn shortly after.
Ultimately, that isn’t what happened, as Bret was screwed out of the title, and we can’t help but wonder how different the wrestling world would be today, if things had gone down differently.
The Screwjob wasn’t the only major talking point of the show though, as Simmons also asked about The Undertaker’s WrestleMania 34 match, where he handily defeated John Cena.
Despite the match resulting in the Deadman adding the 16-time World Champion to his list of victims, the match didn’t go how he wanted, as he revealed:
I get to New Orleans and they said, ‘Ah, this match probably needs to go about 5 minutes,’ and I’m like, ‘You’re kidding me right?’ Cause I’m ready to go. I was ready to go for Forty-five minutes or more.
That’s how I train and a 45-minute pace I had, I was so dead-set. I was so disappointed about the prior year that like, ‘I’m gonna tear this up and I am gonna go at a pace probably faster than what people normally see me go at, I’m gonna do things I haven’t done in a long time.
if you’ve been watching the Last Ride series, you’ll know how unhappy Undertaker was with his WrestleMania 33 encounter with The Big Dog Roman Reigns, and though he’d hoped to make amends with a lengthy encounter with the 16-time World Champion, that, unfortunately, didn’t take place.