A plethora of ex-WCW stars joined the WWF in 2001, but not all of them were greeted with open arms by The Undertaker.
When Vince McMahon purchased World Championship Wrestling in 2001, a chunk of WCW’s roster from the time came with it, including Booker T, Mike Awesome, and Lance Storm. While some would go on to become big names in McMahon’s sports entertainment giant, such as future King of the Ring winner Booker T, others weren’t quite as lucky.
Bill DeMott – who competed in WCW as Hugh Morrus – was also among those who jumped ship. He stayed with the company until the end of 2004, before returning as their head trainer from 2011. He resigned in 2015 after a number of allegations were made against him.
Speaking to WWE Hall of Famers Gerald Brisco and John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield on their Stories With Brisco And Bradshaw podcast, the former two-time WCW United States Heavyweight Champion claimed that a couple of ex-WCW stars – who remain unnamed – attempted to introduce themselves to The Undertaker at the end of a show, a decision they instantly regretted (h/t Sportskeeda):
“At the end of the show we had a couple of guys from WCW, been there half a minute, and they waited until the end of the day until they were in front of him to say hello. He cussed them pillar to post. He told them, ‘Get lost, I’ve been here all day. You don’t come to me when I’m walking past you. There’s a way we do things around here’.”
While the disgraced DeMott shied away from naming those in question, he acknowledged the differing backstage environments between the two rival companies, which is perhaps the reason for The Undertaker’s reaction to their proposed introduction to him:
“We knew that was the difference [between WWE and WCW]. I’ll get in trouble for saying this, but there was a lot of guys who were professional wrestlers but weren’t professional. They were just pro wrestlers. They had an opportunity and WWE was a big wake-up call for a lot. Even veterans, I think it was a big wake-up call.”
Around this time, The Undertaker feuded with a multitude of ex-WCW talent, most notably Diamond Dallas Page, who played the role of his then-wife Sara’s stalker. Alongside Kane, ‘The Deadman’ would capture the WCW World Tag Team Championships from Chuck Palumbo and Sean O’Haire on an August 2001 SmackDown episode.
Retiring following his WrestleMania 36 win over AJ Styles, The Undertaker headlined the 2022 WWE Hall of Fame class, where he was joined by Vader, The Steiner Brothers, Queen Sharmell, and Warrior Award recipient Shad Gaspard.