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The Undertaker names his Mount Rushmore of top talkers

The Deadman’s top three should come as no surprise, but number four may leave fans asking, “What?”

The Undertaker spent 30 years taking souls and digging holes during his storied career in WWE. In retirement, Mark Calaway, the man behind The Undertaker persona, dedicates his time to carving figures onto his personal Mount Rushmores of wrestling. In the past, Calaway has discussed who he thought were the industry’s best small wrestlers, top managers, and greatest tag teams.

But it’s ‘Taker’s latest list that has people talking.

“I don’t know why I do this to myself, but I have become a sadist,” said Calaway as he laughed. “This Mount Rushmore list is just... it’s a heat-seeking missile.”

In a new clip uploaded to his YouTube channel, Six Feet Under with Mark Calaway, the WWE Hall of Famer named his Mount Rushmore of wrestling’s top four talkers. And while his top three needs no explanation, number four will likely raise some eyebrows.

Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, and The Rock, respectively, made the Undertaker’s top three. As for number four, that went to the man Calaway called his dark horse, “Double A” Arn Anderson.

“Such an eloquent talker,” said Calaway, “(Anderson) never stumbled on his words. He had a thought and relayed it in a way that just made you believe that everything he said was gonna happen.”

In his day, Anderson was one of the genre’s best speakers. His promos, like his matches, told a story in a direct, no-frills way that got his point across. In 2021, Anderson proved he could still go on the microphone as he cut a promo for the ages on Cody Rhodes, the man Anderson was coaching at the time. Unhappy with Rhodes’ response to the threat of Malakai Black, Anderson unloaded on The American Nightmare.

“Here’s some differences, though, Cody, that’s gonna prevent you from going one inch any further. Malakai Black is an assassin, and he’s a predator. He will do anything in the world to win a match and destroy the man that he’s in there with. Ask Lee (Johnson). Ask Brock (Anderson). And just the fact is, I would step in and take the fight, but I’m just too damn old.

“But I tell you what. There’s two big differences between you and I, Cody. You pull up to a red light, a man jerks your door open, says, ‘Out of the car, I’m taking your car.’ You say, ‘Okay, take it. Just don’t hurt me.’

“You know what I do? I pull out the Glock, put it on his forehead, and spill his brains all over the concrete!”

Those who never saw Double A in his prime got a taste of what the enforcer of the Four Horsemen was all about, as “Armed” Anderson trended for several days. Still, the selection of Anderson over “Stone Cold” Steve Austin or Hulk Hogan is likely to draw some pushback from fans and, more importantly, Calaway’s peers.

Regardless, the Undertaker won’t let any criticism keep him from resting peacefully.

“For any of the boys that are watching this that think that you were good on the mic and I didn’t mention your name, don’t send any shade my way. It’s all a work. Get over yourself,” ‘Taker said with a laugh.

The entire clip featuring the Undertaker’s explanation for each of his choices is available to watch now on his YouTube page.

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