Former WWE Superstar Sabu has revealed that The Undertaker would get people fired from WWE if he felt they were working “too stiff” in the ring.
Sabu had been competing in the ring since the mid-eighties but made his name in the diverse pot of talent that made up Paul Heyman’s ECW. In only Sabu’s second match in the promotion, he defeated Shane Douglas to become ECW Heavyweight Champion.
“The Homicidal, Suicidal, Genocidal, Death-Defying Maniac” left ECW for good in 2000 and went on to have a run in TNA before joining WWE when they relaunched the extreme brand once again for the second One Night Stand pay-per-view in 2006, staying with the company until his contract expired in May 2007.
Speaking to PTM’s Vinny Vegas Sabu discussed the different ways wrestlers work in their matches, saying he favours a rougher, hard-hitting style. He contrasts that with the iconic Undertaker who he claims would get people fired if they were too stiff:
“It’s okay to be rough and stiff – I respect that. I don’t like guys that are too light. The Undertaker, he was so light you don’t feel him. If you’re stiff to him, he’ll bitch about you, he’ll get you fired. But if you’re stiff with me, I won’t get you fired, I’ll tell you to ease up or keep it up. The top guys in WWF [WWE], if you’re too stiff with them they’ll get you fired.”
The former FTW Champion also discussed his dealings with Ric Flair and says The Nature Boy used to try and embarrass him by refusing to shake his hand in the locker room.