The Undertaker explains why he never left WWE for WCW during Monday Night Wars

During the Monday Night Wars, many WWE talents jumped into WCW, primarily because of the WCW salary increase. Stars like the Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall left WWE to work fewer days and earn more, opening the door for many others to follow suit.

During an interview with Sam Roberts on the Notsam Wrestling Podcast, The Undertaker described his frustration during the Monday Night Wars and spoke about whether he ever thought he was leaving for WCW.

“I was very frustrated with our creative direction,” said Undertaker. “We had a lot of really dumb characters and then WCW was there doing real angles, and it was common knowledge that they basically opened the checkbook. I had to listen to the guys talk about the money they are making and meet you ‘I’d be able to write a check pretty big and stay home most of the time. So those thoughts were there, but when it really came down to that, I just can’t. Obviously I’m not the best businessman, but something inside me said ‘You can’t go from here’ “.

Undertaker continued: “After he gave me a chance, and what the other guys had told me, and Undertaker happened and it was working, I can’t leave. My loyalty to him for giving me that chance was more than the short-term in cash there could be [gotten] going back to WCW. “

Undertaker described a conversation he had with Jim Herd and Ole Anderson at WCW when he went to renew his contract with the company and tried to get more money. During the conversation, WCW officials said that no one would pay to see him fight, and that bothered Taker. Undertaker described the situation as a success for his pride and confidence, but made him focus on what was to come next.

“At the time I was locked up,” said Taker. “I knew this was what I was going to do and I knew my days there were numbered. I never guessed and thought I had to go find another job or go back to school. I knew I had to make some moves.” It was always fuel, always fuel. I have never forgotten. I keep mentioning it 30 years later, I always had it on my mind. “

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