It had been previously reported that both The Undertaker and Kurt Angle would be appearing at Starrcast II, an event that was going to be happening in conjunction with AEW’s upcoming “Double or Nothing” event.
However, according a new report from Sports Illustrated, that will no longer be the case, as both legends have been pulled from the event.
Conrad Thompson, the creator of Starrcast, had the following to say regarding the cancellations:
“The announcement went wide and viral,” said Thompson. “I was told it had gotten WWE’s attention and that Vince McMahon texted The Undertaker about the appearance. ’Taker’s representation, which is a company called Get Engaged, called to tell me, ‘WWE says he can’t do it.’”
“I had a friend discuss the situation with Vince McMahon, and I was assured the ‘heat’ wasn’t on me or my event but rather that The Undertaker shouldn’t be doing personal appearances outside of WWE,” said Thompson. “I was assured that damages would be covered, a suitable replacement offered, or some sort of compromise to make everyone happy.”
“I suggested Vince McMahon, Hunter, or Stephanie McMahon,” said Thompson. “And I said I would donate 100 percent of the proceeds to Conor’s Cure and match the donation personally, which would turn a negative into a positive for everyone involved.”
Here are Angle and Undertaker together from back in the day:
“I asked to keep Kurt Angle and announce Shawn Michaels as the replacement for The Undertaker,” said Thompson. “I offered to book everyone ‘through the office.’. I wanted to play by the rules but I felt like I already had, since each of these guys were actively marketing themselves for outside appearances via booking agents or their own social media. I have checked in daily for a week now and nothing is changing.”
The Undertaker has signed a new deal with WWE, which prevents him from doing outside appearances.
Honestly, I’m not surprised at this. The fact that The Undertaker was going to do anything that would remotely come close to an AEW event, especially given their momentum, seemed too good to be true.
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