The Undertaker during Wrestle Mania XX at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
The Undertaker Mourns Death Of Kayfabe, Dislikes Fans’ Interest In Backstage Dirt
Many things have changed in the professional wrestling industry since The Undertaker's WWE heyday, but the biggest thorn in his side is what he sees as the lack of kayfabe in modern wrestling. "Guys always protected their [kayfabe backstory in previous eras]. There wasn't social media and all that stuff going on," he said on a 2023 episode of "Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson."
The Undertaker, aka Mark Calaway, commented on modern kayfabe as he and Tyson discussed Abdullah the Butcher, who was billed as the "Madman from Sudan" but was, in reality, born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. "If you were from the Sudan, you were from the Sudan, and you didn't let anyone know any different," he added.
Calaway also noted that, now, fans are more interested in what goes on behind the scenes than what happens on television. He added, "Everybody puts their life out there, so it's hard for me watching everything like, okay, you're this guy on TV and then you go on social media and then you're somebody completely different?"