“I Knew He Was in Pain” – Roman Reigns Opens Up About his Wrestlemania Match with Undertaker

Published 06/22/2020, 2:07 PM EDT


The Undertaker vs Roman Reigns matchup at WrestleMania 33 was notable in many ways. For one, it showed fans that Mark Calaway, the man behind The Undertaker, was human, and was capable of having a bad match.

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As seen on ‘Undertaker – The Last Ride’ documentary series, that match was also the main inspiration for Mark to get back into shape and into the ring against John Cena the following year.

Reigns recently revealed some surprising information about the bout. Roman spoke with ESPN, along with many other fighters, who spoke about their WrestleMania experiences with Undertaker. 

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Roman Reigns wanted to lose to the Undertaker?

Reigns spoke about his reaction when he was initially told that he was slated to face Undertaker at WrestleMania. “I remember the conversation with Vince. I saw Taker like a week prior, and he almost gave it away, but he did good in covering it up.

“He could tell I didn’t know yet. When Vince explained it to me, I was just in awe.”

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Reigns recognized the meaning of having a match with Undertaker. It was something that every WWE Superstar desired, and now it was his turn to face the deadman.

“I remember the first thing I thought was that I wanted to put him over. I wanted to lose. Immediately, that was my instinct.

“I knew he was in pain, but I didn’t know he was going in [for hip surgery] soon after that or else I would have crafted that story a little differently.

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“So I knew it was on me to try to help carry it. But I thought it would have been a better story if I was on my back at the end,” recalls Reigns.

He then understood that it was up to him to carry the match because Mark was not even close to 100%. An extremely wholesome gesture from the Big Dog, considering he was a top-billed superstar at the time.

The match eventually ended with Roman taking the win. However, The Undertaker was back at 100% the very next year and has been putting up great performances since.

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