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The Undertaker’s relationship with Vince McMahon over the years has gone from boss to friends to father figure. In an interview with CBS Sports, Undertaker talked about his relationship with Vince McMahon and how he feels about McMahon inducting him into the WWE Hall of Fame on Friday night.
“I mean, it’s such an honor,” Undertaker said of Vince McMahon inducting him in the Hall of Fame. “Our relationship has gone from boss-employee to friends, He’s been like a father figure to me, a brother, a friend. Our relationship has kind of grown outside of the realm of WWE. More times than not when there has to be something to discuss business-wise, it’s someone other than Vince that I discuss it with. We text and call each other and talk about the most obscure things at this point. That’s really cool. When I got the call that they wanted to induct me, there was nobody else that I could think of that I wanted to induct me more so than Vince. Put it this way: he brought me in and he will take me out. So that’s pretty cool”
The Undertaker also spoke about being inducted in front of an audience full of fans compared to his retirement in front of nobody in the WWE ThunderDome last year.
“The short answer is extremely special,” Undertaker said of having fans back. “The long answer is it’s extremely nerve-wracking. I’ve wrestled in front of 100,000-plus crowds [and] not bad an eye about it. I can get in front of thousands and thousands of people as The Undertaker and cut a promo on somebody. I don’t think twice about it. But what’s going to happen at the Hall of Fame is, yes, you’re going to get a kind of a retrospective of The Undertaker and his 30-plus years with the company, but you’re going to get a look behind the curtain at Mark Callaway.”
“What all of those things that people have been so attached to for all those years, you’re going to find out what those things have meant to me personally. The retirement was during the pandemic and it was what it was. That was easy. I mean, it was hard for me to say that I’m retiring, but it was easy because there was nobody there. Now I’m going to be making eye contact with 15,000 to 20,000 people and try to keep my composure. There are going to be some emotional moments, I’m sure. At this point, I’m extremely honored that I’m being inducted. I’m honored and I’m excited to be able to share some things with the fans who have been with me all these years. It’s really exciting.”
The 2022 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on Friday April 1 after Smackdown. Other 2022 class inductees include Vader, Sharmell, and The Steiner Brothers.