Whether you are a diehard WWE fan or a mediocre fan, you know when that gong hits and the lights go out, business is about to pick up.
The Undertaker has been a mainstay in WWE for over 25 years. From the Deadman, to the Lord of Darkness, the American Badass or Big Evil and then back to The Deadman.
During his wrestling career Undertaker is an eight-time World Champion. He has held the WWE championship four times, the World Heavyweight Championship three times, and the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship once.
However, winning championships wasn’t his only strong point. Taker also succeeded in mind games, something he was good at.
The Phenom is most famous for his undefeated streak at WrestleMania, a streak that he supposedly didn’t want to get too big. However, at one point Taker went 21-0 at WrestleMania. That was until he went up against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX.
Yet, he has also provided the WWE Universe with amazing moments in WWE history, most notably starting with the Hell in a Cell match against Mankind at King of the Ring 1998. Not only did Taker throw Mankind off the top of the cell through the announce table below, he also Chokeslammed him through the top of the cage to the mat below.
With such an amazing career you would have to think the WWE is proud of his character. Without a doubt they are, however, there are things they would like you to forget. Here are 15 things WWE wants you to forget about The Undertaker.
15. WCW and WCCW
Although Vince McMahon likes to say The Undertaker has never wrestled for WCW, which was true during the Monday night Wars, is also a false statement. The character Undertaker may not have wrestled in WCW, but Mark Calaway sure has.
Prior to wrestling in WWE Mark Calaway wrestled in WCW and WCCW. He wrestled under different names such as Texas Red, “Mean” Mark Callous and Master of Pain. After these characters failed he was told he’d never get over.
When he came to WWE he wasn’t originally supposed to be the Deadman. As a matter of fact he was rumored to have been planned to debut as The Gobbledy Gooker.
I think it is safe to say, thank God Vince didn’t go with that.
Yes, the Deadman has a family. It’s not something WWE wants people to know about because he is supposed to be dead and how could something dead have kids.
Taker has been married three times and has four kids. In his first marriage, his son Gunner Vincent was born (1993). In his second marriage he had two daughters Chasey and Gracie, with wife Sara. Good luck meeting the parents, future boyfriends. Lastly, he had one, with former diva Michelle McCool, his third daughter Kaia Faith Calaway, who was born (2012).
Again, good luck to anyone who has to meet Taker while dating any of his daughters.
13. Burying Paul Bearer in Cement
At The Great American Bash in 2004, The Undertaker faced the Dudley Boyz in a handicap match. Yet, for Undertaker, he had to do what Paul Hayman told him to do because Hayman had control of Taker’s Urn. If Taker didn’t follow Hayman’s demands, Paul Bearer would get cement poured into the glass boxed he was trapped in.
Undertaker took care of The Dudleys and won the match. Everyone thought he would set Bearer free. Swerve! Instead of doing this he walked over to the area, got on the mic and said “Paul I have no other choice, Rest in peace,” pulled the lever and filled the box with cement, “killing” Bearer.
12. Muhammad Hassan Angle
WWE pushes the bar a little with the controversial storylines. However, one of the worst angles they have done has to be the Muhammad Hassan and Undertaker angle.
Undertaker wrestled Hassan at Great American Bash in 2005, but it was the events that led up to the match that went too far.
Hassan was labeled as a terrorist by the fans of WWE because his character portrayed an Arab American that pissed off the American fans.
The SmackDown before Great American Bash, Undertaker got choked out by five masked men, dressed in black shirts, ski mask and camouflage pants. After Taker was choked out Hassan came to the ring and applied the Camel Clutch.
Taker would dominate in the match and win, and that was the end of Hassan.
11. Brock Lesnar Personal Feud
Brock Lesnar is the one in 21-1, and apparently The Undertaker handpicked Lesnar to defeat him at WrestleMania XXX to defeat the Streak.
Nonetheless, Taker was not always fond of Lesnar. When Lesnar left WWE and became a UFC fighter Taker was pissed off that Lesnar went to another organization and didn’t give credit to WWE.
There is video from UFC 121 where Undertaker is being interviewed and Brock Lesnar walks past him and they had a confrontation. After Lesnar walked by the interviewer asked if Taker and Lesnar were cool and Takers response was, “It’s personal.”
10. The Sacrifices
When The Undertaker became the Lord of Darkness, you saw a slight change in his character. He became an evil, demonic figure. This led to the Ministry of Darkness.
One thing Taker did during this character change wassacrificing people he felt did him wrong. The first victim wasDennis Knight, who later became Mideon. However, his most famous was Stephanie McMahon.
Taker kidnapped Stephanie and while he had her he tortured Vince. On a 1999 episode of RAW, Undertaker would have a black wedding with Stephanie while she was tied to his crucifix. Yet, Stone Cold came out and saved her. Not for Vince, but because it was the right thing to do.
Later on we found out that Vince was the mastermind behind the kidnapping and we saw the forming of the Corporate Ministry.
9. The Nickname
I am sure this is one The Undertaker would want people to forget about.
The Deadman, The Phenom or the Lord of Darkness are nicknames that are badass. However, there was one nickname Paul Bearer had for Taker that would make you think twice about how badass he really was.
Yes, Wendy. When Taker first debuted in WWE, he still had his red hair color, which later he dyed it black. Paul and Taker were walking through a windy parking lot one day and it blew Taker’s hair in a way that looked like he had two ponytails. Paul then told him he looked like Wendy Thomas, the Wendy’s girl. If anyone else called Taker that it is safe to say they wouldn’t see the light of day.
8. WrestleMania DQ Win
Yes, The Undertaker has one of the best winning streaks in sports entertainment. 21-0 at WrestleMania. Undertaker’s streak has defined most of our childhoods. However did you know not all of his wins were clean?
At WrestleMania IX Taker faced an opponent bigger then the Streak itself, Giant Gonzalez. It was one of Taker’s worst WrestleMania matches in his career. He had little to work with as Giant Gonzalez was a poor worker in a muscle suit.
Nonetheless, Giant Gonzalez got disqualified. How you ask? Chloroform. The giant tried to choke out Taker with a rag that had chloroform on it. Not a great notch on Taker’s belt.
7. The Hanging
Taker entered WrestleMania 15 knowing he would get in a battle with Big Boss Man. The battle would be a Hell in a Cell match. The match was an okay match, however, everyone knew that Taker would not lose.
So it goes Taker didn’t lose the match. Yet, what happened after the match got the attention of the fans and superstars.
Taker got help from Gangrel, Edge and Christian, also known as The Brood, in getting a noose into the ring. Taker proceeded to put it around Boss Man’s neck and the Cell raise. He successfully hung Boss Man at WrestleMania.
Just another way the Attitude Ear pushed its limits.
6. His Original Manager
For most of his career, when Paul Bearer wasn’t jumping between him and Kane, Undertaker was always side by side with Bearer. But not when he first appeared.
The Undertaker debuted on WWE television at Survivor Series 1990 and by his side wasn’t Bearer; it was Brother Love.
The connection with Love wasn’t long. When Bearer came around it was known he would manage The Undertaker for years to come.
Anyone who is an Undertaker fan knows the history with the two. Everyone knows Paul carried the power of the urn. That’s why the two worked so well together.
5. The Tattoo
It’s no secret The Undertaker loves tattoos. His body is covered in tattoos, or what The Rock referred to as “Mickey Mouse” tattoos. He even got the name of his backstage clique tattooed on his stomach “B.S.K PRIDE”.
However, the one WWE wants you to forget about was the one on his neck.
During his marriage with Sara, Taker got her name tattooed right across his neck for everyone to see. I guess he wasn’t concerned with the tattoo name curse. Nonetheless, the curse happened, and the two got divorced.
The Undertaker wasted no time in making sure he got it covered.
4. Backstage Feud with Shawn Michaels
The two legends put on two of the best matches WrestleMania has seen. The first was at WrestleMania XXV, it was the best match ever and two top it off, at WrestleMania XXVI they had Micheals career vs. Takers streak.
Now both legends respect each other. However, it wasn’t always that way.
In the 90s Michaels was on top of the list as best in the company. Yet, his attitude behind the scenes was not good. He thought he was to be given everything.
This didn’t sit well with Undertaker and even the rest of the locker room. Shawn eventually left to get help with his alcohol and drug problems. When he came back he earned the respect from the other stars and Taker.
3. He Burned His Parents
Prior to the debut of Kane, there wasn’t much known about Undertaker’s past. Then when Paul Bearer turned on Taker he promised to inform everyone on what happened if Taker didn’t do exactly what Paul wanted.
We found out The Undertaker burnt down the funeral home that his parents owned, killing his parents and what he thought killed his baby brother.
Low and behold the storyline led to a feud between Undertaker and Kane that went on for years. Eventually the two would team up to form the Brothers of Destruction, however, Kane would turn his back on his brother. The killing of their parents gave Undertaker the powers he needed to take on Kane’s powers.
2. Original Name: “Cain” The Undertaker
As stated earlier, The Undertaker debuted in 1990 at Survivor Series. He was announced as The Undertaker. However, Taker did house shows prior to Survivor Series.
He appeared at the house shows as “Cain” The Undertaker. Coincidence considering we later found out his little brother Kane had the same name? Taker also competed in one match prior to Survivor Series at Superstars where he wrestled under the Name “Cain” The Undertaker.
Obviously it was the right decision for WWE to shorten his name before his major debut or they would could have never used the Kane story.
1. Missing WrestleMania
Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak went 21-0 before losing to Brock Lesnar. It was the greatest streak in sports entertainment history and Taker is known as one of the best performers in WrestleMania history.
However, with these great accomplishments The Undertaker has also missed two WrestleManias. WrestleMania X and WrestleMania 2000, also known as 16.
He missed WrestleMania X due to the beating he taken at the Royal Rumble that year from the hands of Yokozuna (in reality he was rehabbing an injury). While in the casket, Taker said he would be back. We then saw a rebirth of the character.
He also missed WrestleMania 2000 (16) due to an injury. He returned a couple of months later at Judgement Day to destroy DX. His return marked another character change as he rode out on his motorcycle.
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