The Undertaker has given his opinion on the epic rivalry and storytelling that took place between WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Jey Uso between Clash of Champions and Hell in a Cell.
Arguably one of the most emotive and dramatic tales WWE have told in recent years, Jey Uso’s struggle against his dominant cousin to free the family name has been an awe inspiring example of what is possible with time, care and attention.
However, devotees weren’t the only ones who had their eyes on Friday Night SmackDown’s top rivalry. Speaking to ViBe and Wrestling, ‘The Deadman’ spoke about his take on the story, what both men did between the ropes and how professional wrestling could benefit from more of what the pair brought to the table.
During a conversation about the differences between today’s talent and those who came up with The Undertaker in the nineties, ‘The Phenom’ turned his attention to the recent enmity in the Anoa’i family to make his point:
“That’s a good question. I think athletes today are exactly that, amazing athletes in terms of what they can do physically, but what I think is that the disconnection or the problem is that they rely too much on their athletic ability and the things they can do in the ring instead of trying to develop the layers of their characters. I talked to Bruce Prichard on the phone a couple of days ago, and I told him how much I like the rivalry between Roman Reigns and Jey Uso because it’s an old-fashioned kind of rivalry.
It is very easy to understand, especially if you are familiar with the Samoan heritage and linage and how proud Samoans are of family status, especially in this world of professional wrestling. Understanding that and having two cousins who grew up together and are now fighting… there are so many layers to this story that I think it’s the closest thing to old school we’ve done in a long time, and obviously, they did a great job and it was an amazing match too. But I think the big difference is that you don’t have those rich characters to believe in.”
The Undertaker has his own history with the Anoa’i family, of course, going to war with the likes of Yokozuna, The Rock and Rikishi during his long and storied career with the former serving as arguably one of his most famous rivals ever.
It wasn’t just the older generation of the Samoan heritage ‘Taker did battle with. At WrestleMania 33 he went toe-to-toe with Roman Reigns himself in a bout which many thought served as the perfect retirement.
The Undertaker will officially retire from professional wrestling at WWE Survivor Series on November 22, in what is promoted to be his ‘Final Farewell.’