That’s right. For new-ish fans of pro wrestling, the legend that is The Undertaker and the beast incarnate Brock Lesnar were no strangers to each other by the time WrestleMania 30 came around. The year was 2003, and Taker and Brock carried out a bitter rivalry for much of the year. The epicenter of that feud, the match that truly is a classic and displayed the most brutality, was the Hell in a Cell match that would take place at the Unforgiven PPV event of that year.
The clip below is a sitdown between the two competitors before the event. Stephanie McMahon (who was GM of Smackdown at the time) and Paul Heyman were also present. The scene was brilliantly lit, nothing visible except Taker and Lesnar, even Steph was somewhat covered in shadow. Brock spoke first, and then his mic work left a lot to be desired (he’s improved the few times he’s talked these days). He brought up his own decorated past, and his punch line was bragging about his young age (25 at the time) and Taker’s older age.
When Taker spoke, he put Brock over. But then asked Brock how much he had really been tested? Taker used a few real life examples of times he’s gone to the ring and put on great matches with different physical injuries, and assured Brock that he would be put to the test at Unforgiven. It was great work by Taker and it was maybe one of the best promos I’ve ever seen from him. He delivered every line beautifully.
Heyman chimed in, and well…let’s just say that bringing up Taker’s personal life seemed like a regular staple when he portrayed his ‘American Badass’ gimmick. Give the clip a gander.