WWE Hall of Famer The Undertaker has been a locker room leader and was an influential figure backstage. Freddie Prinze Jr. recently recalled how The Undertaker played a major role in WWE Chairman Vince McMahon altering plans for a WWE storyline that involved Michelle McCool.
The Undertaker altered storyline plans
It was back in the late 2010 that the former WWE writer was asked to book a women’s storyline to build towards a match between Beth Phoenix and Kharma at WrestleMania 27. As part of the long-term angle, he wanted McCool to lose the Divas Championship at the 2011 Royal Rumble.
Speaking on his Wrestling With Freddie podcast, Prinze Jr. revealed that WWE producer Michael Hayes initially approved of his idea. However, the storyline was nixed after The Undertaker raised concerns with McMahon about McCool’s booking.
“He [Hayes] goes, ‘Well, Michelle said that you and her talked and she didn’t really like the story, so it’s gone,’” Prinze Jr. said. “He goes, ‘Freddie, she talked to Undertaker, Undertaker talked to Vince, the story’s gone.”
Prinze Jr. then went on to explain that McCool became upset when he told her about his Divas Championship storyline. He recalled the incident and realized that women in WWE take title losses more seriously due to their lack of television time.
“Her face goes pale, all the color just drops literally right out of her skin,” Prinze Jr. recalled. “Right away I know I’ve done something terrible. I just don’t know what it is yet because this is hindsight, right? And I was in the moment. So I look, I go, ‘What’s wrong? What’s wrong?’ Her eyes well up. She said, ‘I didn’t think I’d be losing the belt before WrestleMania.’”