AJ Styles and Undertaker are set for a “Boneyard Match” at WrestleMania 36 next weekend.
What in the heck is a “Boneyard Match”, you ask? Styles kind of explained it on his Mixer channel earlier this week.
At one point, AJ asked his streaming partner Chris to guess what the rules might be. When Chris said “a Street Fight in a cemetery”, AJ told him that was a “Bingo!”
Styles also confirmed speculation this was one of the matches WWE filmed at a location other than the Performance Center. That’s good with the Phenomenal One, who makes it clear he’s not a fan of wrestling on standard sets with no fans in the seats.
“I want you guys to enjoy this and because of the circumstances, I am so glad that my opponent is The Undertaker, because it’s an opportunity to have a different match because I don’t want to have it in an empty arena.
You guys don’t understand, you guys are the life blood of everything we do. We react to you, everything’s about you. I know I’ve said it before, it’s all about you, I wouldn’t be anything without you, but it’s so much more than that because we know how to react based on how you react. We know how to put stuff where it belongs based on how you will react to it. All this stuff matters. There’s a lot of times, for those of you who don’t know a lot, where it’s called on-the-fly because of the way you’re reacting. Things change in a second based on the way that you guys react, and not having that... bless their hearts, I feel for the guys who have had to have those matches without anyone there.”
He also explained why he thinks his character, the heel, has the advantage heading into WrestleMania 36. That gave us some more clues, and those point to this being a Buried Alive match.
“Let me just say this about The Undertaker and AJ Styles. I feel like AJ Styles has got this guy right where he wants him. He has baited him into a match that he can’t win, and I’m talking about The Undertaker can’t win,, and we’re talking about a Boneyard Match, which is in a graveyard, which is wide open. Anything can happen. Think about that. AJ Styles is the bad guy, he doesn’t play fair. There’s that, a pretty smart play by AJ Styles if I do say so myself.
So, let me make myself clear on the Boneyard Match. A Boneyard Match means anything can happen. It’s in a graveyard and there will be a grave. Does that kind of put it into perspective? There will be a hole.”
So why not call it a Buried Alive match? They understandably didn’t want to bring up the subject of death right now, at least not in the promotion for the show.
“There’s a reason why I think it’s called a Boneyard Match. Because we didn’t want to say cemetery or a graveyard. You know, everything that’s going on, it sucks. Boneyard is slang for graveyard, it really is.”
There you have it. Does that make you more excited for The Phenom vs. The Phenomenal One at WrestleMania?