Bruce Prichard Believes The Undertaker Will Wrestle Again


In a recent episode of his podcast (transcript credit, Bruce Prichard talked about the early years of the Undertaker, and if he thinks he’ll wrestle again…

On Paul Bearer Came to Manage Undertaker: “I had been managing Undertaker. I was given the opportunity… I also worked behind-the-scenes, d’uh, and Vince came to me and said, ‘I’m going to give you a choice: you can either work in front of the camera and be Undertaker’s manager, full-time,’ because the package of Undertaker at house shows, it wasn’t the same without a manager, and if I did that, I would have to give up my job behind-the-scenes, producing television. I chose producing television and we were looking for someone to manage Undertaker and take my place. Percy Pringle had inquired about working, so they brought Percy up just for a general interview to say, ‘hey, what would you like to do?’ and they said, ‘what have you done in the past?’ Percy said, ‘well, I’m a licensed mortician,’ and everybody popped because ‘oh my God, we’re looking for someone to manage The Undertaker and Paul Bearer was born.”

On Using Bodybags Early In The Gimmick: “I want to say [the bodybag gimmick] was Paul Bearer’s [idea] because it was easy and it had never been done before. And it was something that could be done…. see, this is the other thing people forget a lot: it was something that could be done with everybody. The whole idea behind the bodybag was it was so much easier than trying to get a casket every night and having to deal with caskets, so the bodybag was something Paul Bearer and the ring crew, they could buy a bunch of bodybags, Paul could get a discount on them because he was actually a mortician.” Prichard recalled, “you couldn’t just go buy a casket. It was illegal, so we had to use Paul Bearer’s mortician license and pull some strings to get people to actually sell us a casket.”

On early talk of Turning Undertaker Face: “It’s funny, back in 1990, we went to the gym one day. It was myself, Vince, and The Undertaker. And I was playing AC/DC’s ‘Hells Bells’ and I was explaining to Vince that I wanted to do a video, ‘we’ve got to get the rights to this song and do a video for The Undertaker.’ He looked at me, ‘Goddamn, pal, that’ll make him a babyface. I’ve got plenty of years as a nasty heel before I turn him and what a babyface he’ll make.’ And we all kind of chuckled, thinking, ‘how in the f–k do you make this big, ugly bastard a babyface?’ But then, as time went on, and you started listening to the crowd, boy, they loved him. It did not take long for the audience to turn The Undertaker babyface.”

On Undertaker’s WM 33 Exit & If He’ll Wrestle Again: “I thought it was apropos and I cried like a b—h. It was a nice ending of a chapter if you ask me, but I don’t think it’s over.” Prichard continued, “eventually, yes, I do [think Undertaker will wrestle again]. I’m saying short of being wheeled down to the ring in a wheelchair, that we’ve not seen the last of The Undertaker in the ring. Now, he would argue with me on that and say ‘no, that’s it,’ but you never say ‘never’ in this business and The Undertaker and that character will live on forever and I think he could still go out and have a match. It may not be what it was 25 years ago, but by God, he’ll go out and the people will be behind him just as much as they ever were.”

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