Thursday, October 1, 2020

Behind-The-Scenes Photos & Production Details of the Boneyard Match at WrestleMania

Interesting notes on how the boneyard match was put together

The boneyard match between Undertaker and AJ Styles was the highlight of night 1 of WrestleMania 36 and its production received praise from the fans. Whatculture has a new report on the bout and it reveals some interesting details behind the production of this first-ever match between the two wrestling veterans.

Some photos of the match’s production have surfaced online as well which you can check out below.

- Advertisement -

The chosen location was in Florida, but it was reportedly not anywhere near the performance center. The company hired an outside production unit to build the set. It took five days to complete the whole thing and eight hours to shoot the match.

Secrets from the Boneyard

Triple H and Michael Hayes were in charge of the production. The set was originally intended to be used for a promo but the quality impressed the WWE executives when they arrived and the concept for the unique bout was born.

Using Metallica’s ‘Now That We’re Dead’ song was always the plan but the set up for Undertaker’s entrance was changed.

The original plans for his entrance included an abandoned ditch and a bridge as well but the production crew warned them that it was city property and the company did not have enough time to get the shooting permit.

Undertaker & Styles Improvised

Interestingly, the trash talk between the two stars which many believe added a layer to the match wasn’t part of the original script and it was improvised after both Taker and Styles requested for it.

Triple H happily obliged to this request and after seeing the results, the Game eventually encouraged the participants to do as much talking as they felt they should.

The Undertaker made the decision to re-shoot his window attack on AJ Styles from a different angle. However, he ended up smashing the glass in the process. Both the breaking of the glass and the blood spike from the Dead Man’s arm were unintentional.

“The Hand” was Undertaker’s Idea

The final moments of the match also had an improvised spot. AJ Styles’ hand that was coming out of the grave after Taker buried him was a prop that Triple H and Michael Hayes had spotted earlier and they wanted to use it in the match.

However, the Executives couldn’t figure out what to do with it until the end and this is where Undertaker stepped in. He suggested the use of the hand, which was a call back to his own desperate bid for survival back at In Your House: Buried Alive in October 1996.

It seems that the improvisations in this match worked out in the favor of the involving stars as it made the match more interesting and the bout has been receiving high praise from the fans and WWE stars alike.

Trending Articles

WWE NXT Results (9/30): Shawn Michaels Appears, Champions In Action

The September 30, 2020 episode of WWE NXT aired live on the USA Network from Winter Park, Florida at Full Sail University. 

AEW Dynamite Results (9/30): Jon Moxley Defends AEW Title, FTR vs. SCU

AEW Dynamite aired from Daily's Place in Jacksonville, Florida. An 8-man tournament was announced with the winner receiving a shot at the...

Matt Cardona No Longer With AEW After Fulfilling Limited-Date Agreement

Matt Cardona says he is no longer under contract with All Elite Wrestling. The wrestler best known as Zack Ryder appeared on...

Edge Provides Update On Return To The Ring

Edge tore his triceps during the filming of the Greatest Wrestling Match ever at WWE Backlash this spring. He was a guest...

WWE Declined RZA’s Offer To Remix Batista’s Theme For Free In 2014, CM Punk Reacts

Batista’s return to WWE in 2014 could’ve been different in one aspect if WWE actually signed off on an interesting idea. 

Latest Wrestling News

AEW Dynamite & NXT Viewership Both Up This Week

AEW and NXT both saw viewership increases this week, despite stiff competition from Game 1 of the NBA finals, MLB playoff games...

Roman Reigns Tribal Chief Crowning Ceremony Announced for SmackDown

All hail the Tribal Chief. Paul Heyman recently bestowed this moniker upon his new client, WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. On SmackDown,...

Arn Anderson Files To Trademark “The Four Horsemen”

AEW coach Arn Anderson has filed to trademark the phrase, "The Four Horsement." A search of the United States...

Stephanie McMahon Named #2 Most Influential Chief Marketing Officer

Stephanie McMahon has been listed as the #2 most influential marketing officer in the world by Forbes. The famous magazine posted its...

Alexa Bliss Comments On Her First Boyfriend & Childhood Crushes

Alexa Bliss recently opened up about her upbringing during an interview with Metro UK. The multi-time WWE Women's Champion spoke about her...

Billy Corgan Provides Update On NWA Powerrr Return

The National Wrestling Alliance is currently promoting joint PPVs along with David Marquez's United Wrestling Network. All 3 major NWA singles titles...

The Rock Reveals When The XFL Will Re-Launch

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the new part-owner of the XFL along with Dany Garcia and Redbird Capital. The league was folded...

Miro Recalls WWE Pitching Him Erectile Dysfunction Storyline

Miro was the special guest on this week's AEW Unrestricted podcast. The following is a recap of Miro's discussion with Tony Schiavone...

Brian Cage To Defend FTW Title Against Will Hobbs Next Week

Two big heavyweights will collide next week on Dynamite with the FTW title on the line. Brian Cage will look to defend...

Mick Foley Believes Vader Is A ‘Glaring’ Omission From WWE’s Hall Of Fame

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley believes the late Vader is a "glaring" omission from the WWE Hall of Fame.

Bianca Belair On Being A Multi-Faceted Talent, Creating Her Own Ring Gear

WWE Superstar Bianca Belair has opened up about how her real-life passions inform and influence her onscreen character. In...

Roman Reigns Reveals Cinematic Inspirations Behind His New Character

WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns has opened up about his new attitude since his return at SummerSlam in August.