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Interview with Undertaker
TORONTO Ė Heís now 10-0 at WrestleMania Ė a mark which will likely never be topped. And after defeating the legendary Ric Flair for that 10th ĎMania win, the Undertaker tells that tonight was one of the proudest nights of his life. What does it mean to you to be 10-0 at WrestleMania Ė a mark that will probably never be matched?
Undertaker: It just shows how fortunate I am. On the grandest stage of them all, to be 10-0, itís one of the records Iím most proud of. Three-time World Champion, 10-0 at WrestleMania Ė those two things may be a couple of the defining moments in my legacy. Hopefully next year, weíll make it 11-0, 12-0, and just keep on rolliní. When you first went out to the stage, you just kinda sat on your bike for a few seconds and looked around. What was going through your head?
Undertaker: Man, itís WrestleMania. Actually, I sat up there and kinda had a reflection. I had a reflection of the good times here in the World Wrestling Federation, and some of the bad times. I sat up there and I was thinking, you know, this makes everything worthwhile. All the injuries, all the setbacks, disappointments, slow business Ė when you see 70,000 people out there cheering, wanting to be entertained with a top-flight match, I just said, this is where Iím supposed to be. And then it was time to rock Ďní roll. What was it like working with Ric Flair?
Undertaker: Regardless of what Iíve done to him or said about him, Ric Flair, beyond a shadow of a doubt, is a true icon in this profession. It was a great thrill for me to be in the ring with a legend, and you canít say anything other than that he is a legend. When I think of a World Champion, Ric Flair is the first name that comes up. So to be paired with him on the grandest stage of them all, itís a rush, no doubt. We hadnít seen the Tombstone in a while before you whipped it out tonight.
Undertaker: Actually, my knee was a little screwy and my lower back was a little tight from the superplex and getting thrown off the top rope. So when I went for the Last Ride, I didnít really have the right amount of strength to get him where I needed him, and then I fought it, so I had to improvise and go to Plan B, so I used the move that no oneís ever kicked out of. Well, Kane did once, but 99 out of 100 people, they get Tombstoned, and they donít get up.
At that point in the match, itís WrestleMania, and I thought it was a perfect time to have a little retro Tombstone. Your face got pretty cut up during the bout Ė your forehead and left cheek were both bleeding. How are you doing physically?
Undertaker: They wanted to put stitches in (my forehead), but I said no stitches. (The cut on my cheek) was a Ric Flair right hand. He caught me on the cheekbone and cut me wide open. Iíll probably be walking kinda ginger tomorrow; the two bumps off the top rope took its toll. But you know, you kinda figure that in. Itís just a risk you take. Tomorrow, Iíll pay the price. Tonight, I think it was worth it.