PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast featuring a WrestleMania 36 Preview with ex-WWE Creative Team member and professional stand-up comedian Matt McCarthy.
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Before John Cena appeared on NBC’s “Late Night” with Jimmy Fallon, the previous WWE appearances were by The Undertaker and Brad Maddox to promote Taker’s 25-year mark in WWE.
Of course, Maddox’s role was playing a dude in a turkey suit taking a Tombstone Piledriver from Taker. Maddox talked about how he got the gig in a new interview with Donald Wood of Ring Rust Radio.
“I might have been the only guy left in the States at that time since everyone was working the European tour. I don’t know why I was picked for it, but I had fun with it. I assumed at the time that it was going to be a full turkey mask. When I got there they showed me the outfit and I thought, ‘Where is the rest of it?’ I guess everyone is going to know I am a turkey and that’s awesome.
“I did get to meet Jimmy Fallon and he let me know I had made it in show business. We were talking to their writers and to see what they were thinking about us. There wasn’t much for Taker and I to talk about. We pretty much walked around and just tried not to laugh about it. Then during rehearsal he said this is the part where he was going to tombstone me. I thought that ‘Yeah, this is The Undertaker, I’m sure he has done enough tombstones to where he doesn’t have to practice it,’ and I was pretty sure I could trust him.
“I will say that I didn’t envision my first tombstone from The Undertaker being in that environment. If someone had told me nine years ago when I started wrestling that I was going to be tombstone by the Undertaker but it’s going to be on 30 Rock on late night television I wouldn’t have believed it.”