Undertaker Advises Young Wrestlers to Value Character Development Over Moves (VIDEO)

The Undertaker says he believes it’s important for young wrestlers to build a strong character and relationship with the audience, because fancy moves are only one part of telling a story.

The Deadman sat down for a rare out-of-character interview with pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church in North Texas. The interview was part of a 4-week Sunday series the church is doing featuring Ric Flair, Ted DiBiase, Sting and Taker.

While The Undertaker touched on his faith, he also spent a lot of time on the wrestling business and working with younger talent.

“It’s not about the moves — it really isn’t — it’s being able to evoke emotion in one facet or another,” he said. “You have to either make people love you or you have to make people hate you.”

Taker stressed sports entertainment is about telling a story — saying wrestling moves should be one aspect of communicating the story, though that’s not always the way it’s viewed by up-and-comers.

“A lot of times what happens with these young guys is they’re so athletic, they’re so gifted, they’ll do some kind of double crazy back flip off the top rope and land on somebody on the floor and then that’s what the audience takes away from it: ‘this guy does crazy stuff.’ Well, you can only see that so many times before you’re like ‘I’ve seen that. I need something new,'” he said. “And that’s the position they sometimes back themselves into. They have to keep upping the ante. And when you up the ante like that, then you increase your potential for injuries.”

He put over The Rock, John Cena, and Ric Flair as talent who had the ability to make you love them or hate them — and noted they were in the driver’s seat at some high times for the business.

Undertaker added it takes many wrestlers a considerable amount of time to figure things out and put it all together, but that’s key to longevity.

“If you can’t bring that emotion out of your audience, you aren’t going to have them for long,” he said.

Watch the full interview below.

  • Tro11bait

    John Cena was in the driver’s seat for some of the lowest times for the business. In fact, ratings continually fell over the years he was the top guy (and to be fair, they’ve continued their decline in his absence).

    Also, was Flair really in the driver’s seat for any of the business’ best times? To be sure, he was the top guy of the secondary promotion, but really it was Hogan in the driver’s seat over in the WWF.

    • agentboolen

      For Ric Flair I’m sure he’s thinking of his NWA days, his matches with Dusty Rhodes are a very big deal to old time wrestling fans.

  • Louis

    Undertaker was the best created character in WWE history.

    With what Taker said, a guy like The Miz has had a great, long lasting career being a character and not for his workrate. A great example of what Taker is talking about and I agree.

  • jwp1979

    Curious… How many times did the Undertaker say the phrase “You Know”?

    • Vance

      As many times as he wanted to.

  • agentboolen

    Yes build a character and gimmick and don’t let it get watered down with doing out of character interviews. Wrestlers these days are just to down to earth, I miss the days of wrestlers really selling there character.

  • Robert Rock

    Who is this interviewer? He’s hot garbage at this. It’s a shame that this out of character opportunity was wasted on this guy

    • Blue Jay

      He’s a minister who happens to be a wrestling fan. And he went with more of a conversation route than interview, which he did fantastically.

      • Robert Rock

        I didn’t get a conversational vibe off the interview at all, he seemingly added nothing to the conversation itself. Happy to agree to disagree if you saw it differently

  • Vance

    Ric Flair IS Ric flair, that’s why he’s broke.

    • Blue Jay

      That’s what 4 divorces will do to a man lol.

      • Vance

        That as well. He should have learned the first couple of times.