Trying not to break character in front of the fans is one of the hardest things to do at times in professional wrestling.
WWE Hall of Famers John Bradshaw Layfield and Kane took part in a Q&A at Steel City Con and the pair were asked about the funniest experience they had trying not to break character or trying to make someone else break kayfabe while in front of the audience.
“At the end of every night during the run in 2004-2005, after TV, I’d go out there and I would do something and The Undertaker would go out there and choke-slam me and tombstone me and everything else for the live crowd. So, every night I’d get beat up by The Undertaker and I would aways try to get him to break character and everybody would give me stuff throughout the entire day, Kevin Dunn, who’s Vince’s [McMahon] lead guy and Vince McMahon would give me stuff, everyone was in on it, giving me stuff to try and get The Undertaker to try and break character.
“I got him one time and it made me laugh so much that he just choke-slammed me and gave me a tombstone and that was it. He had gone on a vacation and the camper that he rented had overheated and it was like 105 degrees and he said he looked back and his dog was just laying on the floor panting and his kids were mad at him. So, I go out there and I say ‘you need to turn that frown upside down, you need to rent a camper and go on a vacation’ and at that point, he starts to laugh and I laughed and then got a tombstone and that was it.”
“We would do Sunday Night Heat and it was a standalone show, so we would kind of do some matches and do Sunday Night Heat. It was a two-hour show and afterwards, you’d have a dark match and at that point, we didn’t really do dark matches, people would do promos and we’d do this silly stuff. I can’t remember if they ever showed it or not but they had this thing where I’m out there and Mick Foley and [Steve] Austin were out there. The Godfather used to say ‘pimpin’ ain’t easy’ so Mick would say ‘I pulled my hamstring and limpin’ ain’t easy’ and then Austin, he’s got that Texas accent, so I couldn’t understand him half the time when he’d get into something like ‘let me tell ya, scrimping’ ain’t easy.’ Then they put the camera on me and I’m still wearing the mask but everything is moving because I’m laughing so hard. But I’m also like these are two of the baddest ass guys on the planet and they’re making up like fairytale rhymes or whatever and it doesn’t even rhyme anymore they’re just doing whatever. So, for me, that was probably it.”
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