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Renee Paquette Says Undertaker “Needs To Stop” Non-Kayfabe Appearances

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Former WWE announcer Renee Paquette has claimed that The Undertaker “needs to stop” making non-kayfabe appearances after the legend introduced Pitbull at a show in Saudi Arabia.

On the eve of WWE Crown Jewel, The Undertaker made a shock appearance in Saudi Arabia where he introduced rapper Pitbull at a sold out show at The Boulevard in Riyadh. The concert marked the launch of the 2021 Riyadh Season Festival.

The appearance in full ‘Undertaker’ gear and character led to speculation that the legend would be appearing at Crown Jewel. However, this proved not to be the case.

Speaking on Busted Open Radio after the appearance, Renee Paquette said that she felt it should have been someone else doing the introducion. Adding that Undertaker doesn’t really fit with the Grammy Award winning rapper Pitbull.

“I just feel it should’ve been somebody else introducing him,” Paquette said. “I feel like seeing the Undertaker, in the big black hat, in full Undertaker gear, introducing ‘the 305, the Grammy Award Winning artist.’ Bringing on Pitbull that way, I feel it could’ve been somebody else. I don’t know what the full crew is that is in Saudi Arabia right now, but I feel like maybe somebody else could’ve been better for that job.

Not that Undertaker did a bad job, that’s not what I’m saying. I feel like it could’ve just been a great, happy go lucky babyface. Maybe, I don’t know, who from the New Day is there? That’s what we want. That’s how you want to involve Pitbull in the show in Saudi Arabia.”

The former WWE announcer continued, saying that she felt that such appearances and those at the latter of end of his in-ring career, have had a negative effect on his legacy.

“I love the Undertaker as much as everybody else. Huge fan,” Paquette said. “But did we already kind of start to lose a little bit of that mystique with the retired, not retired, he’s back in the ring and we’re seeing him in these unfavourable situations. Have we already done that? It needs to stop, I think it needs to stop. We all have little goldfish brains; we can forget things and we want to remember The Undertaker as The Undertaker. I think we can all get back to that to a certain degree. If you keep doing these things, it’s kind of hard to get back to that.

I don’t want to believe that the Undertaker knows who Pitbull is. The Undertaker introducing Megadeath or Slayer or Metallica, I can get on board with that. It is just the position of different genres that I’m just not down to clown with. I don’t like it.”

Renee Paquette admitted that her opinion may be due to a generation gap between herself and younger fans, but explained that she would still like to see the mystique of the character protected.

“It could be,” Paquette said. “I guess maybe it could be. I don’t know. But I think anyone who is a wrestling fan, and wrestling fans love to know the history of things, love to know the ins and outs of all their favourite characters. I do understand the social media side of things and having the documentaries and being able to see little glimpses into these superstar’s real lives and whatnot. I get the lure of that. But let’s protect things a little bit. That’s what the business is about, right?

Protecting these things, keeping these characters larger than life. I don’t want the Undertaker to be on the same level as me. He’s the Undertaker. He’s much better and cooler than me.”

The Undertaker wrestled his last match at WrestleMania 36 where he defeated AJ Styles in a Boneyard Match, before riding off into the sunset as Metallica blared over the cinematic departure. The Deadman confirmed his retirement during the Last Ride documentary series released later that year, enjoying a ‘Final Farewell’ at Survivor Series.

The star recently appeared in the interactive Netflix movie ‘Escape The Undertaker’ alongside The New Day.

Renee Paquette recently confirmed that her lengthy non-compete clause following her WWE exit has now expired. She later admitted that she would be open to joining her husband Jon Moxley in AEW.

H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.