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The Undertaker Denies ‘Smashing’ Chris Kanyon With A Chair Because He Was Gay

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On a recent edition of his “Six Feet Under” podcast, WWE Hall of Famer The Undertaker provided insight into a notable SmackDown segment from February 2003 involving the late former WWE Superstar Chris Kanyon.

The Undertaker addressed and refuted allegations of behaving inappropriately towards Kanyon during the segment.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On hitting Kanyon with a chair: “I’ve been accused of smashing Kanyon with a chair because he was gay. I didn’t even know he was gay. I didn’t even know until years later. I could care less. But there’s people out there that have created that rumor, ‘Oh, Undertaker smashed him.’ Undertaker swung a chair the way Undertaker swung a chair … If I swung a chair at somebody the way I swung it, I’d expect the same one back.”

On knowing what we know about chair shots and head injuries now: “Obviously knowing now what we know about head injuries, it’s a different deal. I would say, make sure that you get your hands up.”

In 2004, WWE released Kanyon from his contract. Tragically, Kanyon passed away by suicide at the age of 40 in 2010. His career and personal struggles were featured in a Season 3 episode of Dark Side of the Ring, and he also chronicled his experiences in his autobiography, Wrestling Reality: The Life and Mind of Chris Kanyon, Wrestling’s Gay Superstar.

In his book, Kanyon claimed that the particular segment was an effort by former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to further humiliate him.

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