.@ Funeral directors: #TheLastRide captured the incredible story of one of WWE’s most iconic superstars. Impressive work by the @WWENetwork team, especially @DanPooch, @MatthewBraine, @SteveCono and @deekismanis. You brought the dead man back to life. pic.twitter.com/zZxmHGbOGS
– Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) May 15, 2020
The Undertaker, which debuted in 1990, is one of the best gadgets created by Vince. The story of Phenom’s WrestleMania is an example. It took Vince more than 20 years to realize this, and in a company where scripts are removed every month, this level of engagement is rare. Although the president ended this story 6 years ago, he still uses the Deadman for important shows like the Saudi ones. The Deadman is also highlighted in relation to young talents like Roman Reigns.
It is also one of the few cases where Vince allowed Kayfabe to be broken. The Undertaker character has been specially protected for 25 years in WWE history. So for Vince to allow this documentary to praise, this is a big problem. The 74-year-old seems to have become less strict about Kayfabe in the digital world.
The “Last Ride” is a documentary of five episodes. It covers the last 3 years of the Undertaker’s journey, including all aspects of the Deadman. From behind-the-scenes production to his anxiety and doubt at his age, the feature gives ‘Phenom’ a human aspect. A story features his wife Michelle talking about how his coat caught fire during an entry, and he battled second-degree burns.
So far, the documentary has received positive reviews. The next few episodes will focus on the aftermath of Undertaker’s WrestleMania game against Roman Reigns.
Producers Respond To Vince McMahon
All the producers thanked Vince McMahon. Later, they all tweeted about the best part of the documentary series.
Extremely humiliating. Honor is on our side when it comes to this project. I don’t lose sight of the importance of this story and I couldn’t be more proud of the team of people who made it. #TheLastRide https://t.co/QblHaZkxTD
– Steve Conoscenti (@SteveCono) May 15, 2020
Humiliated. Honored. It took a village, the WWE Originals team, @amplify_films and above all, the @ funeral pumps, whose trust, integrity and honesty made it all happen. Thanks ? #TheLastRide https://t.co/LlyhfHrBG2
– Dan Pucherelli (@DanPooch) May 15, 2020
Incredibly humiliated by the recognition, but truly a huge team effort from the WWE Network team. https://t.co/BcbjAucQSL
– Brian D (@Deekismanis) May 15, 2020
Sensational. So humbled by it and so honored to have been able to tell this story. #TheLastRide https://t.co/H41bJViRiE
– Matthew Braine (@MatthewBraine) May 15, 2020
With this success, WWE may seek more documentaries in the future. There are many stars like Goldberg and AJ Styles approaching retirement. Fans would like to see the backstage environment, production process and psychology of a WWE superstar.