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The Undertaker Reveals His Most Memorable Tombstone Piledriver

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The Undertaker delivered thousands of Tombstone Piledrivers across his three decade career, but there was one which was a little bit more special than all the rest.

When The Undertaker hit the Tombstone Piledriver fans across the world knew that it was all over. Very few Superstars ever kicked out of the move, and fewer still came back to win.

During The Deadman’s 30-year reign over WWE, the iconic move saw off legends such as Shawn Michaels, Kane, The Rock, Triple H and many more. With that being said, the man himself has now revealed that one Tombstone stands out from the thousands that he delivered in WWE.

Speaking to Ryan Satin on the Out of Character podcast, The Phenom pointed to his Tombstone on Mark Henry as his most memorable. ‘Taker explained that it’s something he’s particularly proud of given Henry’s size, adding it was important to try and protect the star as best he could.

“Mark Henry. Just his sheer size. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do it or not. My number one goal, always, is to protect my opponent. I think the world of Mark and I knew at that time I was strong and healthy, but he was a big dude, a really big dude when I Tombstoned him. I was so proud of myself that I had him, I Tombstoned him, I didn’t hurt him and we had a fairly decent match a long with it.”

Continuing on Undertaker said that while no one took the move better than anyone else, Shawn Michaels did receive probably the move emphatic Tombstone of all-time.

“I’m gonna go with Shawn Michaels. He probably received one of the most emphatic tombstones of all time. I don’t know if it was [WrestleMania] 25 or 26, he kicked out of one, and I caught him again in another one. We went airborne and instead me dropping to my knee, he went airborne. Shawn was so good. One of the all time greats in the ring. He’s one of those guys who could have had a five star match with a broomstick. He’s so good. He’s always money. He’s my favourite guy to tombstone. Maybe it’s because he’s obviously involved in some of my favourite matches,”

Reflecting on the origins of the move, the former World Champion detailed how it was a group effort to come up with the name.

“It was kind of a collaboration. It’s been so long, honestly, I can’t tell you. I don’t think I’m going to take credit for it. There was a group of us; Bruce Prichard, Pat Patterson, myself, Michael Hayes was probably there. We were trying to figure out what we were going to name this thing and someone visualized putting a tombstone on a grave, how heavy it would be, what it would look like, and from that the name came up.”

The Undertaker finally called time on his wrestling career at Survivor Series 2020. In the lead up to WrestleMania 38 it was announced that he would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2022. The star will be inducted by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.