everybody's dream in this business. And I had the chance to work MSG and do all of these things and some things that I never even dreamed of. They had some video games come out early on – I guess it would have been in the early 1990s, like Nintendo. I was on some of those, but they can't touch what y'all do today. And I'll just never forget walking in the living room and seeing my two boys playing those games on TV and saying 'I want to be Daddy, no, I want to be Daddy. No, you be Undertaker. No, I want to be Ultimate Warrior.' Two of my dreams were that I wanted to be in a video game and I wanted to work in MSG. My dreams have far exceeded anything that I thought I would do in this business, and here we are in 2012 and I'm still in the business and I'm still under a Legends contract with WWE and I am still having a blast."
On working with Undertaker and Kane: "They are such great performers, such great athletes. Such great men, gentlemen in general. I am truly humbled that I have been allowed to be associated with them for all these years. When me and Taker first started, his first WrestleMania was my first WrestleMania, so we've really been together all that time. I get asked, would you have thought then, that he'd be still going in 2012? Hell no, I wouldn't then and I'm sure that he wouldn't have either. In the early years, me and Taker were together so much, I mean all the time. We had a very special relationship and a very special bond. It was such a perfect chemistry, a perfect meant-to-be thing. We were meant to be for each other, but we had no idea it would last this long."
On his role in the Undertaker's legend: "I'm humble, I certainly don't want to come out and say there wouldn't be an Undertaker without Paul Bearer. It certainly isn't true. But it wouldn't have been the same Undertaker. There certainly will never be another Paul Bearer, either. A mortician, with that much wrestling experience, too? I'm sitting in my home office and I have the original urn – I'm looking at it right now. I'm happy to say that I took credit for that – the urn was my idea. The managers always needed something, like a walking cane. A lot of them carried walking canes like Mr. Fuji and others. The urn just came out of nowhere. Being a funeral director, I didn't have any problem getting one. If Vince ever sets up an actual physical Hall of Fame, with memorabilia and stuff like that, it's where it will end up. For now, I'm proud to say that I have the urn right here on my shelf. My house looks normal, but once you get back to my home office, it's the Smithsonian institute of wrestling."
On his favorite 'Attitude Era' moments: "DX was one of a kind. They have done so many things and made the show so enjoyable. One of my favorite DX moments was seeing them go down the street in that **** tank, with the army helmets on. The 'Attitude Era' and the Monday night wars were just…I'm at a loss for words. It was so unique, it **** well was a war. Without a doubt. Vince didn't hesitate to do anything to beat WCW. And sometimes we'd beat them and sometimes they'd beat us. The popularity of professional wrestling at that time was at a high for both of us. Then of course the birth of Steve Austin, who started at Dallas in the Sportatorium, with a wrestler named Chris Adams. I was involved in all that. I was Steve's manager, and his ex-wife was his valet. There would be tag matches where it would be me and Steve Austin against Chris Adams and Chris Von Erich. We took it all around the state, and I had a very close relationship with Steve Austin. I taught the part of doing interviews and facial expressions, and I taught at the wrestling school that Steve Austin attended. He was a natural. I remember seeing him sitting there with the other kids and I would call him up and say, 'You're going to have a match with Kerry Von Erich on Friday night. Cut me a promo.' Austin would get up there and it was already there. He is just a first-class guy. I'll never forget that interview that he cut with Michael Hayes and he said, 'Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your ****!' for the first time, and the rest is history."
On contemporary WWE Superstars: "CM Punk is outstanding. I put CM Punk above Cena. I never knew him until I came back when I got kidnapped by Edge. He has the mentality and the ability and the athleticism to perform. He picked up all of that on his own, from Taker and Kane and talking with those guys. He is like a sponge and he just picks up everything. I think he is fantastic. Cena is fantastic too, but Punk is, in my estimation, No. 1 on the roster. Daniel Bryan was in developmental when I was going to a different territory each week. He came from Shawn Michaels' school. Shawn is one of the best in the business, and he taught Daniel Bryan right. He is not a CM Punk, but he is pretty close. He is really good at one he does. Dolph Ziggler…he had to grow on me. I had never heard of him before and he looks so much like Billy Gun. Certain things he does in the ring…I see Billy Gunn. He's not Billy Gunn, but he is a fantastic performer. I have nothing bad to say about any of these guys – they are all really good at what they do."