Undertaker Recalls Almost Beating Up Shawn Michaels At WrestleMania 14
While Speaking to the New York Post, Taker noted how he didn’t like Michaels when he first came on the scene.
“Early on in my career and when Shawn was there, I didn’t care for Shawn personally,” Taker said. “I thought he was an arrogant little shit. That being said, still no one I would rather get in the ring with it and work [with]. That’s just how good he is.”
Come WrestleMania 14, Michaels was scheduled to drop the then-WWF Title to ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin in the main event. Knowing how often Michaels’s ego factored into match results, Taker says he almost took matters into his own hand-taped hands.
“Shawn, everyone knows the story, is supposed to drop the belt to Steve. Shawn was being Shawn in my opinion and like I didn’t know if he was gonna do it,” Taker said. “My intention was to make sure one way or another business was done that night.”
Taker says he did not tell Michaels the truth about his intentions for many years. After their problems were resolved, Taker and Michaels became good friends, and the Deadman says he didn’t have it in him to be honest about what almost went down.
“I felt so bad because our relationship had changed so much that he goes, ‘Were you really gonna beat me up?’ I was like, ‘No man that’s just all rumor. Taping my hands up and everything, come on.’ He goes, ‘I didn’t think so. I mean that really didn’t sound like you,'” Taker said.
“The whole time in my head I’m like, ‘I was gonna smash you if you didn’t drop that belt to Steve.’ But yeah, he’s a completely different person, I love him to death now. But, yeah, that’s the story. I was sitting there hands taped ready to do whatever I needed to be done.”