The Undertaker and Kurt Angle will no longer appear at Starrcast II. The news was made during an interview that was conducted by Sports Illustrated with Conrad Thompson on Tuesday.
According to Thompson, when the news was made about Undertaker appearing, it went wide and viral. However, that has all changed due to WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon getting involved.
“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 an agreement in place with the talent..”
Thompson would add, “Now, thanks to the influence of WWE, the performers are missing out on substantial income and the fans are being punished.”
This led to Thompson trying to get a replacement for Taker, which is when Thompson suggested having McMahon, Triple H, or Stephanie McMahon appearing with the idea of them donating 100 percent of the proceeds to Conor’s Cure and match the donation personally. That way it would turn a negative into a positive for everyone involved.
Thompson went on to say that he was hoping to have WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels be the replacement for Undertaker. That fell through as well.
Sting, Bret Hart, Scott Hall & Kevin Nash, Jim Ross, Eric Bischoff, Bruce Prichard, Tony Schiavone, and many more are still set to appear. Starrcast II will be held May 23rd-26th at Caesars Palace and the Tuscany Suites & Casino. For more information please visit here.