Throughout their respective in-ring WWE careers The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels wielded tremendous power backstage. While it was often said that The Deadman was the “locker room leader,” Michaels formed part of The Kliq, famous for their backstage politics.
Dennis Knight, who performed as Mideon and Phineas I. Godwinn throughout the Attitude Era had a front row seat for all of the arguments and powerplays. The veteran was also part of backstage group the Bone Street Krew, which was headed by The Undertaker.
The Undertaker Would Do Whatever Vince McMahon Wanted
During an appearance on the Monte and The Pharoah podcast, Knight compared the power and influence held by Michaels and The Undertaker. The man also known as Mideon said that while Undertaker was always going to do whatever was asked, HBK was more like a chihuahua who got what he wanted in order to keep the peace.
“Different kind of power, [Taker was] always going to do what Vince [McMahon] wants. Gonna make anything work. Shawn was like the rottweiler and the chihuahua, just running around. Calm the chihuahua down, give him whatever he wants. Just keep him cool, you know? That was kind of the thing, Shawn was the champion. It was a different kind of power, but I would say equal.”
During the conversation Knight also recalled The Undertaker putting that power into action when he confronted Mable, also known as Viscera. The giant star had a reputation for injuring those he worked with, famously including ‘Taker. Knight said that after the star had injured Henry O. Godwinn at the 1996 Royal Rumble, The Deadman took his colleague to task over the incident. Just days later, Viscera was fired.
Dennis Knight signed with WWE in 1996 and remained with the company until 2001. During this period he won the European Title, while also became a two-time World Tag Team Champion as one half of The Godwinn’s.
H/t to Wrestling Inc