14th Jan2020

‘Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions: The Undertaker’ Review (WWE Network Original)

by Chris Cummings

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Well, this was a really nice surprise when it was announced. Steve Austin, back on the WWE Network with an interview show much-like his video podcast from a couple of years ago. The first guest? The Undertaker.

We haven’t seen many (at all) our of character interviews with Mark Callaway,, so of course this was a big deal. This really is a kayfabe-less interview too. Austin is sitting down with the man behind The Undertaker character, with all the gimmick pulled back completely. We hear the two reminisce (as is regular with Austin’s interviews) and talk about ‘Taker’s career, his early days prior to breaking-in to the business, his debut in WWE and his magnificent and hugely successful career that followed.

I got a kick out of this, hearing the two talk about the various times their paths crossed as well as hearing ‘Taker talk about his love of pro-wrestling as a kid was cool. Discussions of WCW are fun to hear but I think it was the moments where the discussion turns to the birth of The Undertaker gimmick that are the most fascinating. Seeing some early artwork of the character was very cool, too. ‘Taker talks about how he came up with the ring-style that he made famous, and his desire to give off an air of horror, like Michael Myers, with his performance as The Undertaker. It’s the small bites of info that are truly interesting to hear about, such as the people who meant a lot to his career, from Jake Roberts to Paul Heyman. They talk about life on the road and you can see the friendship and respect that still exists between the two.

They talk about the changes to The Undertaker character through the years, from the initial zombie style character, to Ministry, American Bad-Ass, Big Evil and the classic run that followed for The Undertaker, leading to his tremendous matches at WrestleMania with Shawn Michaels. They discuss the streak and how it ended, and how he suffered a concussion within the first five minutes of the match and can’t recall any of it.

There’s a lot to sink your teeth into here, but I hope they go back to the well with this and have the two sit down a second time eventually. I loved hearing about the career of the single most successful gimmick in pro-wrestling history and one of the best of all time. This is a must-watch for fans of ‘Taker and wrestling in general. It’s a damn good interview with a guy who has rarely talked candidly since his WWE career began thirty years ago.

Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions are available now on WWE Network.

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