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The Undertaker never imagined what would become of his WrestleMania 36 Boneyard Match with AJ Styles, but he was proud of the end product.
“Obviously, we always imagined that this match would take place in a live arena,” said Undertaker in an interview. Nine Line Apparel, by Wrestling Inc. “Somewhere in the past two weeks, we didn’t even know what was going to happen the next day. It was my idea to do something off site. I was like, yeah, it’s a much better option than trying to have a match that AJ and The Undertaker would have in an empty arena. In our case, we were fortunate enough to go off site and do what we did.
“The end product – I couldn’t be more proud of it. Under the circumstances, all the things that were going on, everyone came together and put something like that that was different and intriguing. I cannot speak for AJ, but I am very proud of what we have done. ”
Taker’s win over Styles was seen as one of WrestleMania’s highlights, with fans enjoying the cinematic and country feel of the match. It also allowed Undertaker, who has shown his age in live matches in recent years, to look as strong and dominant as possible.
If WWE wants to continue using Undertaker around the age of 60, the company may have found a smarter avenue. Although his work in the ring clearly shows that he has gone well beyond his peak, these cinematic matches could play into the mystery of the Undertaker character while taking WWE programming from its standard.
If WWE has learned anything from the reception at Boneyard and Firefly Fun House games, it’s deviating from what should create the most buzz.