For WWE fans everywhere, The Undertaker is more of a living legend that a mere man. While most wrestling fans have stopped believing years ago that Mark Calaway is indeed an undead professional wrestler, that still does very little to diminish the aura of The Undertaker. He’s been with the WWE for nearly 26 years, and, in that time, he has remained one of the most intimidating and awe-inspiring presences that professional wrestling has ever produced. In all likelihood, the day The Undertaker retires is the day he officially enters the Hall of Fame as one of its most deserving inductees.
There is another side to The Undertaker, however, that fans don’t always get to see. Behind the scenes, The Undertaker is known as the undisputed leader of the locker room. He’s the guy that other wrestlers turn to whenever they need anything, and he’s the guy that steps to any other wrestler whenever they get out of line. How did he achieve this incredible position? Well, it definitely took years. But over the course of his career, there's no denying that The Undertaker is the man that every Superstar looks up to.
15 Busting Into The Bar Like John Wayne To Break Up Fights
The old days of professional wrestling are filled with stories of performers that lived their gimmicks. At a time when promoters were interested in still maintaining the illusion that wrestling was real, certain wrestlers went out of their way to stay in character no matter where they were. Of course, this was a little more difficult for The Undertaker who was essentially portrayed to be an undead wizard. Leave it to Mark Calaway to find a way to present himself as both an otherworldly creature and a locker room leader, though.
14 Stretching Steve Austin To Teach Him Respect
Even before he was The Undertaker, Mark Calaway was establishing a reputation as a leader of men in the professional wrestling business. He’s always been the kind of guy that’s had a special place in his heart for protecting the illusion of the business, even in an era where most people are aware that professional wrestling is scripted. As such, he’s also a guy that’s big on making sure any young superstars don’t get too big of a head too early on in their careers.
13 Drinking With Jake The Snake To Prove He Could Hang With Anyone
12 Remaining A Professional Even When He's On Fire
11 Intimidating Chris Jericho To Get Back To Work
Chris Jericho is something of a modern wrestling miracle. In an age where the bad guys are almost always cheered more than the good guys, Jericho remains one of the few wrestlers that is able to attract genuine heat from fans when he really wants to. It’s an incredibly impressive talent, but it has gotten Jericho into some tricky situations in the past. Jericho recalls one such instance in his Best in the World book when he performed in front of some particularly angry fans at a WWE show. One of them even threw a battery at Jericho.
10 Requiring CM Punk To Dress Like A Champion
As mentioned, The Undertaker is an old-school kind of wrestler. He believes in certain etiquette and behavior that not every other wrestler may necessarily believe in. This has led to some fans and wrestlers saying that The Undertaker is a little out of touch with modern times, but nobody denies that The Undertaker sets a very clear example for how he expects other wrestlers to present themselves through his own actions. So when CM Punk won the World Heavyweight Championship as a member of the same SmackDown roster The Undertaker was on and proceeded to still dress super casually outside of the ring, The Undertaker reportedly took offense and suggested that CM Punk start dressing like a champion.
9 Making Sure That The Rock Got Over
8 Helping To Prove Ric Flair Was Still A Legend
By the time that Ric Flair made his way to WWE, he was already one of the most respected professional wrestlers on the planet. Not only did he spend the better part of the ‘80s touring the planet as the NWA world champion, but in that time, he had managed to build a reputation for himself as one of the most gifted in-ring workers on the planet. Still, not everyone in WWE was sold on Ric Flair. He may have been a legend, but some felt he spent his best years working for another company.
7 Serving As Stephanie McMahon's Unofficial Bodyguard
Vince McMahon may not be your average dad, but he is still a dad. As such, when his daughter Stephanie got a little older and started to go out more, he started to worry about what trouble she might get into. However, Vince did have two distinct advantages over the average worrying dad. The first was that Stephanie often traveled with her dad. The second was that he had The Undertaker to rely on for those moments when Stephanie wasn’t close by.
6 Having Final Say On Triple H's Marriage Proposal
5 Forcing Vince McMahon To Confront Bret Hart After The Montreal Screwjob
Just because Vince McMahon trusts The Undertaker with the safety and future of his daughter as well as to be the voice of the boys in the back, it doesn’t mean that the two always see eye-to-eye. Vince McMahon respects The Undertaker as much as anyone and the same goes for The Undertaker’s feelings towards Vince McMahon, but business is business, and occasionally, the two disagree on something. While most of these disagreements have been lost to time, the one that is most certainly still remembered occurred shortly after The Montreal Screwjob.
4 Establishing The Bone Street Krew To Challenge The Kliq
3 Taking Down Kurt Angle For Messing With The Boss
Many wrestling fans are aware of the infamous plane ride from hell and all the drinking, nudity, drug use and generally regrettable actions that went along with that faithful voyage. Among the many events that occurred on that plane ride, one of the most entertaining to imagine has long been the supposed shoot fight between Curt Hennig and Brock Lesnar. However, that isn’t the only time that two WWE members have gotten into a wrestling match high above the sky.
2 Serving As The (Mostly) Fair and (Mostly) Impartial Judge Of Wrestlers Court
Much has been made of The Undertaker’s role as judge of wrestlers court. For those of you who don’t know, however, The Undertaker often presides as the judge of a makeshift court system that wrestlers will force other wrestlers to attend whenever they violate rules, both written and unwritten. It’s a way for everyone to keep everyone else in check and The Undertaker is often the one to ultimately determine the sentence. One of the more amusing stories involving The Undertaker and wrestlers court occurred when Edge and Christian were called before the group in order to answer for some personal time they spent with one of the writers and his family.
1 Intimidating Shawn Michaels Into Doing The Right Thing
The Undertaker and his Bone Street Krew may have done their best to keep Shawn Michaels and his crew in check, but Michaels managed to skirt the system just often enough to get under The Undertaker’s skin. Shawn Michaels' selfish nature back in those days combined with his attitude and short temper made him pretty much the exact opposite of The Undertaker. Although The Undertaker couldn’t always get Shawn to do the right thing, when it came to his WrestleMania XIV match against Stone Cold Steve Austin,
The Undertaker wasn’t going to take any chances in terms of Shawn refusing to do the job and put over the red-hot Austin as planned. According to some, The Undertaker confronted Michaels before the match and began dramatically taping his fists up while informing Michaels of what he was going to do to him if he didn’t lose to Austin. The match, as you might know, went off according to plan.
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