The Undertaker
Professional wrestler
The Undertaker
Mark William Calaway is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name The Undertaker. He is signed to WWE and is the company's most tenured performer, and he is the only remaining active competitor from the very first episode of WWE Raw in 1993. Calaway began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984. He joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as "Mean" Mark Callous in 1989.
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WrestleMania 28: Is the Undertaker vs. Triple H Truly the End of an Era?
Bleacher Report - almost 5 years
When the Undertaker and <a class="fplink fp-273103" href="/Triple+H+1">Triple H</a> square off in a Hell in the Cell match at WrestleMania 28, it will undoubtedly be a match for the ages. With the history and experience between these two future Hall of Famers, especially when it comes to a Hell in the Cell match, there should be no reason to expect anything less than perfection. But regardless of how good this match ends up being, does it really symbolize the end of an era? Here are some things to consider before deciding for yourselves:   The Attitude Era Has Already Ended The Attitude Era has been gone for awhile now, and while we can debate when it ended, there is no question that the WWE has shifted more toward a family-friendly product. Both the Undertaker and <a class="fplink fp-273103" href="/Triple+H+1">Triple H</a> were dominate during the years of the Attitude Era (late 1990s to early 2000s), especially when it came to matches like Hell in a Cell. The WWE, however, ...
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Shawn Michaels threatens The Undertaker on Monday Night Raw SuperShow – Wrestling News
Bettor - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-251498" href="/Shawn+Michaels+1">Shawn Michaels</a> threatens The Undertaker on Monday Night Raw SuperShow – WWE News <a class="fplink fp-251498" href="/Shawn+Michaels+1">Shawn Michaels</a> once again stepped into the ring to call out The Undertaker to face him. A quarrel started between the both as they shared their experiences. However, <a class="fplink fp-251498" href="/Shawn+Michaels+1">Shawn Michaels</a> ended the conversation by threatening The Undertaker. Shawn told the deadman that since he will be the referee, he will be deciding The Undertaker’s future. Monday Night Raw SuperShow, yesterday, came with a lot of surprise. However...
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WWE News: Health Update on the Undertaker Heading into WrestleMania 28
Bleacher Report - almost 5 years
Anyone who steps foot in a wrestling ring is well aware of the risks involved, and perhaps no one knows that better than The Undertaker.  The future WWE Hall of Famer has been wrestling since 1984 and especially in recent years, he’s experienced a rash of injuries that many expected could end his career. However, rather than retire the Undertaker has almost exclusively worked WrestleMania for the last few years, using the remainder of each calendar year to rest and heal up.  There has been even more speculation in 2012 that Taker’s body is beaten and broken, but just how is the Deadman feeling as we get closer to WrestleMania 28? Let’s find out.  From Richard Gray of WrestlingNewsWorld.com:  I can confirm The Undertaker had surgery on his shoulder and hip since working Wrestlemania XXVII last year. Undertaker is reportedly feeling good going into his Wrestlemania XXVIII match against Triple H this year. It’s unknown if Undertaker plans to retire after Wrestlemania this year ...
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The Undertaker: Eight Favorite Contenders to Challenge His WrestleMania Streak
Bleacher Report - about 5 years
For nearly twenty years, The Undertaker has ruled WrestleMania. Since his Mania debut in 1991, he has toppled giants such as Diesel, Big Show, and Giant Gonzales. He has destroyed powerhouses like Batista, Mark Henry, and Big Boss Man. He has crippled multiple-time world champions, Randy Orton, Triple H, and Edge. He defeated all-time greats like Ric Flair, and Shawn Michaels. He even conquered his own brother (Kane). The Undertaker is a living legend who has done everything there is to do in the professional wrestling industry and more. When his signature gong fills the air, everyone, whether they admit it or not, is humbled. And that is partly due to The Streak. Undertaker's Streak is the greatest streak in wrestling and is easily one of the most exciting things about WrestleMania season and WrestleMania itself. Who will The Phenom humble this year? Will it be a quick-witted, devious newcomer? Or will it be a wise veteran, whose experience may even match that of The Undertaker hims ...
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WWE Advertises The Undertaker Return To Raw on February 20th
Obsessed with Film - What Cultur - about 5 years
WWE have confirmed via local advertisements during last night’s show that The Undertaker will be returning to Raw on February 20th, the event coming from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event is taking place the night after the WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view where The Undertaker is not scheduled to perform. In fact many doubt The Undertaker will actually be involved in a match before the WrestleMania semi-main event match with Triple H at WrestleMania 28 from April 1st, 2012. As we reported earlier, next week’s progression in the Triple H vs The Undertaker program will involve the advertised appearance of ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ Shawn Michaels who it is widely expected will be the special guest referee in the WM match. The Undertaker appeared on last night’s Raw via video online, after making his almost year long return at last week’s RAW when he confronted Triple H to close out the show.
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WWE Raw Preview: The Undertaker, John Laurinaitis' Job, Cena/Kane and More
Bleacher Report - about 5 years
Tonight WWE presents a new episode of Monday Night Raw! Last week’s show was quite the great one, and tonight should be no different. WWE has a tendency to not announce a single thing for their flagship show, and as of this writing, tonight’s show is now different. Despite nothing being confirmed, with the events of last week’s Raw there are some events to consider going into the show.   Is There Any Competition for Divas Champion Beth Phoenix? Beth Phoenix has had the WWE Divas Championship since October and has beaten just about every woman on the WWE roster. While she was missing from WWE television for a few weeks, she returned at the Royal Rumble to lead her team to victory against Kelly Kelly, Eve, Alicia Fox and Tamina. The next night on Raw she was booked to defend her title against Eve. It wasn’t much of a match, as Beth completely destroyed her and easily defended the title she has had for five months. Beth Phoenix is out of competition in the WWE. Who will ...
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WWE: Watch the Undertaker Return and Challenge Triple H
Bleacher Report - about 5 years
Undertaker made his shocking return on Raw last night, walking out right when we thought Johnny Ace was gone for good. He challenged <a class="fplink fp-273103" href="/triple+h+1">Triple H</a> to have another shot at the Streak, but it seems that The Game rejected the offer. Chances are he will come around and accept the challenge, but what will it take to make that happen? A few questions have arisen from this scenario. First, why is Undertaker initiating the challenge? No, he was not able to walk out of WrestleMania last year, but he won the match and kept the Streak alive. If I were Undertaker, I would be happy to move on to another opponent. After mentioning Taker a couple of months ago at WrestleMania, why wouldn't Trips want one last shot? He came so close to winning that the desire should be there for one more chance. It seems that, for now, <a class="fplink fp-273103" href="/triple+h+1">Triple H</a> feels that there's nothing more he can do to end the Streak, and he does n ...
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The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho and Triple H vs. CM Punk for WrestleMania 28 – Wrestling news
Bettor - about 5 years
The Undertaker vs. <a class="fplink fp-48317" href="/chris+jericho+1">Chris Jericho</a> and <a class="fplink fp-273103" href="/triple+h+1">Triple H</a> vs. <a class="fplink fp-39414" href="/cm+punk+1">CM Punk</a> for WrestleMania 28 – Wrestling news Sources have revealed changes in plans for WrestleMania 28. As reported, The Undertaker will make his ring return on WrestleMania, or before, to defend his 19-0 undefeated streak against <a class="fplink fp-48317" href="/chris+jericho+1">Chris Jericho</a>, who recently made his ring return after a year of absence from the WWE. Also, there is news about <a class="fplink fp-273103" href="/triple+h+1">Triple H</a> going one on one with <a class="fplink fp-39414" href="/cm+punk+1">CM Punk</a> to settle scores once again.  WWE’s management keeps a...
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WWE: Randy Orton's Injury Means The Undertaker Needs to Return to SmackDown Now
Bleacher Report - about 5 years
Over the past few months, SmackDown has suffered a great number of injuries that have affected their programming as of late.  Those injuries are causing an uproar as to the direction of the blue brand, mostly due to the fact that those injuries may have forced Creative to jump the gun on a few story lines. Christian, Mark Henry and, most recently, Randy Orton have all suffered some sort of injury in the past three-to-four months. Christian's injury has forced him out of action completely, but he is expected to return soon.  Mark Henry's leg injury has forced him to perform on a limited basis, but he is still able to compete when called upon.  However, they are doing the best they can to make it so he doesn't have to compete very often.  Orton's injury is a little more peculiar.  He took a tumble down the stairs during his match with Wade Barrett last week and is reportedly out for an unspecified amount of time.  Clearly, this could be one of two things: It is a story set up to gi ...
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Jim Ross Comments on Kane's WWE Return
Wrestling News Source - about 5 years
WWE Hall of Famer <a class="fplink fp-513273" href="/jim+ross">Jim Ross</a> has posted the following on his official Twitter page regarding the return of Kane on tonight's Slammy Awards edition of RAW SuperShow: That was Kane w/o question! Certainly not the Undertaker. Will Taker return? I say hell yes! When? Wish I knew but count on it. Kane=monster
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WWE News and Rumors: Will Chris Jericho or The Undertaker Return to WWE on 1/2/12?
Sports Gather - about 5 years
In the latest WWE news and rumors, fans continue to wonder about the cryptic 2012 YouTube video promos. This has prompted fans to wonder if it will be <a class="fplink fp-48317" href="/chris+jericho">Chris Jericho</a> or The Undertaker making a return to . . .
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New lease on life for a legendary venue - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Perched on the corner of Bourke Street overlooking Taylor Square, it was opened as a glamorous funeral parlour in 1933 by the undertaker Charles Kinsela. A florid art deco &#39;&#39;vestibule&#39;&#39; known as the Kinselas nightclub and restaurant replaced it in 1983
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DVD Review: OMG! The Top 50 Incidents In WWE History - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
Instead of featuring past and present talents like Shawn Michaels, Triple H, The Undertaker, Edge and even Vince McMahon himself, viewers are treated to commentary and tidbits from the likes of Kofi Kingston, Tyson Kidd, Daniel Bryan, Evan Bourne and
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WWE: Edge and Christian and the Top 15 Wrestling Friendships Gone Sour - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The legend of the Undertaker is not complete without the help of Bearer. It started when Brother Love introduced Bearer as Undertaker&#39;s manager in 1990 and since then, they grew into a pairing that could not be stopped. Of course, in the time that
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of The Undertaker
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 50
    The Undertaker went undrafted in the 2016 WWE draft.
    More Details Hide Details The Undertaker was voted the greatest WWE wrestler ever in a 2013 Digital Spy poll. In naming him the second greatest wrestler ever, IGN described The Undertaker as, "one of the most respected wrestlers, and characters, in the business; treated with actual reverence. Like a cherished, invaluable artifact". Luis Paez-Pumar of Complex wrote that The Undertaker character is "easily the best gimmick in the history of professional wrestling". Luke Winkie of Sports Illustrated listed The Undertaker as the fifth greatest wrestler of all time. Wrestler Big Show named The Undertaker as the greatest professional wrestler of all time, while Mark Henry and WWE chairman Vince McMahon have called him their favorite. WWE Hall of Famer and company executive, Jim Ross, said: "Without question, The Undertaker is the greatest big man in the history of wrestling... There is no greater WWE star ever than The Undertaker".
    On the February 22, 2016 episode of Raw, Vince McMahon placed his son Shane McMahon, who returned to WWE for the first time since 2009, in a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania 32 against The Undertaker with the stipulation that if Shane wins, he gains control of Raw.
    More Details Hide Details Vince later announced that should The Undertaker lose the match against Shane, it would be his final match at WrestleMania. After weeks of mind games and physical confrontations between the pair, at WrestleMania 32 on April 3, Undertaker defeated Shane McMahon via pinfall in their Hell in a Cell match.
  • FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 49
    In February 2015, Bray Wyatt began a series of cryptic promos which led to Fastlane, where Wyatt challenged Undertaker to a match at WrestleMania 31, which Undertaker accepted.
    More Details Hide Details At the event on March 29, Undertaker defeated Wyatt after two Tombstone Piledrivers. At Battleground in July, Undertaker made his return by attacking Brock Lesnar as Lesnar was on the verge of defeating Seth Rollins during his WWE World Heavyweight Championship match, which caused the match to end in a disqualification win for Lesnar. The next night on Raw, Undertaker explained his actions as revenge - not for Lesnar breaking the Streak, but rather the constant taunting he allowed Paul Heyman to engage in. Later that night, after Undertaker and Lesnar brawled throughout the arena and had to be separated, it was announced that they would face off in a rematch at SummerSlam in August. At the pay-per-view, Undertaker controversially defeated Lesnar; Undertaker submitted to a Kimura lock by Lesnar and the bell rang, but the referee did not see the tapout and allowed the match to continue. After Undertaker hit a low blow on Lesnar whilst the referee was distracted, Lesnar then passed out to Undertaker's submission hold, Hell's Gate. At Hell in a Cell, The Undertaker was defeated by Lesnar in a Hell in a Cell match after Lesnar hit him with a low blow and delivered the third F-5 of the match.
  • 2014
    Age 48
    In December 2014, in an out-of-character interview, Vince McMahon confirmed that it was his final decision to have Lesnar end the Streak, and that The Undertaker was initially shocked at the decision.
    More Details Hide Details McMahon's reasons for making the decision were that it would significantly enhance Lesnar's formidability to set up the next WrestleMania event and that there were no other viable candidates to fill Lesnar's role.
    On the February 24, 2014 episode of Raw, The Undertaker returned to confront Brock Lesnar and accepted his challenge for a match at WrestleMania XXX.
    More Details Hide Details After 25 minutes and three F-5s, Lesnar won the match by pinfall, ending The Undertaker's Streak in what was described as "the most shocking result in WWE history". Following the match, Undertaker was hospitalized with a severe concussion which he suffered in the first minutes of the bout.
  • 2013
    Age 47
    After the real-life death of Paul Bearer on March 5, 2013, a storyline involving Punk regularly spiting The Undertaker through displays of flippancy and disrespect towards Bearer's death began.
    More Details Hide Details Punk interrupted The Undertaker's ceremony to honor Bearer on Raw, stealing the trademark urn and later using it to attack Kane, humiliate The Brothers of Destruction and mock Bearer. Undertaker defeated Punk at WrestleMania 29 to extend his Streak to 21–0 and then took back the urn. The following night on Raw, Undertaker came out to pay his respects to Bearer, but was interrupted by The Shield, who attempted to attack Undertaker before Kane and Daniel Bryan made the save. Undertaker wrestled his first Raw match in three years on the April 22 episode, teaming with Kane and Bryan against The Shield in a losing effort. Four days later, he wrestled his first SmackDown match in three years, defeating Shield member Dean Ambrose via submission. Afterward, Undertaker was attacked by Ambrose and the rest of The Shield, who hit him with a powerbomb through the announce table.
    The Undertaker's next television appearance was on Old School Raw on March 4, 2013, where he opened the show by performing his signature entrance.
    More Details Hide Details CM Punk, Randy Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus fought in a fatal four-way match to determine who would face him at WrestleMania 29, which Punk won.
  • 2012
    Age 46
    Later in 2012, The Undertaker appeared on the 1000th episode of Raw on July 23 to help Kane, who had been confronted by Jinder Mahal, Curt Hawkins, Tyler Reks, Hunico, Camacho, and Drew McIntyre.
    More Details Hide Details The Brothers of Destruction overcame and dominated the six other wrestlers.
    On the January 30, 2012 episode of Raw, The Undertaker returned after a ten-month hiatus to confront Triple H. On the February 13 episode of Raw, Triple H refused The Undertaker's challenge for a WrestleMania rematch.
    More Details Hide Details After The Undertaker accused Triple H of living in the shadow of Shawn Michaels on the February 20 episode of Raw, Triple H accepted the challenge on the condition that it would be a Hell in a Cell match; Michaels was later inserted as special referee in the match. At WrestleMania XXVIII, The Undertaker, while debuting his new look, a mohawk, defeated Triple H to extend his streak to 20–0. After the match, Undertaker and Michaels carried Triple H to the entrance stage, where the three embraced.
  • 2011
    Age 45
    After the 2011 Royal Rumble, promotional videos began airing, showing The Undertaker entering and standing within a Western-style old house on a rainy desert.
    More Details Hide Details Each promo ended with the date 2–21–11 being "burned into" the screen. On the February 21 episode of Raw, The Undertaker returned, but before he could speak, Triple H also returned and confronted him. The two challenged each other to a match at WrestleMania XXVII, which was later announced as a No Holds Barred match and which The Undertaker won by submission. However, he had to be carried away from the ring on a stretcher.
  • 2008
    Age 42
    On the July 25, 2008 episode of SmackDown, Vickie Guerrero announced that she had reinstated The Undertaker, and that Edge would face him at SummerSlam in a Hell in a Cell match, which the Undertaker won.
    More Details Hide Details After the match, The Undertaker performed a chokeslam on Edge from the top of a ladder and through the ring canvas. Following this match, Guerrero tried to make a peace offering with The Undertaker on SmackDown by apologizing, but The Undertaker told her that he is not the forgiving kind. At Unforgiven, as The Undertaker approached the ring to "take Guerrero's soul" and take her in a casket, Big Show, who appeared at first to aid the Undertaker, betrayed and assaulted him. As a result of this altercation, The Undertaker and Big Show faced each other in a match at No Mercy, where Show knocked The Undertaker out with two hook punches in the forehead and a punch to the back of Undertaker's head. At Cyber Sunday, The Undertaker defeated Big Show in a Last Man Standing match after applying the Hell's Gate. At the same time, The Undertaker was engaged in a short feud with Jeff Hardy, who interfered during his match with Vladimir Kozlov. Hardy defeated The Undertaker in an Extreme Rules match the following week on SmackDown due to the interference of Big Show. The Undertaker then went on to defeat Show at Survivor Series in a casket match, to end the feud. At No Way Out, The Undertaker was part of the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match along with Triple H, Jeff Hardy, Big Show, Vladimir Kozlov and Edge; however, he was unsuccessful at winning the match as he was the runner-up behind Triple H. He then became embroiled in a long time feud with Shawn Michaels over his WrestleMania undefeated streak and the fact that The Undertaker had never defeated Michaels in a singles match previously.
  • 2007
    Age 41
    In 2007, he and Sara were divorced, and he became romantically linked to former wrestler Michelle McCool, whom he married on June 26, 2010 in Houston, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details On August 1, 2012, it was announced that they were expecting the couple's first child. Kaia Faith Calaway was born on August 29, 2012. In the 1990s, Calaway started his own posse that consisted of fellow wrestlers Yokozuna, Savio Vega, Charles Wright, The Godwinns and Rikishi. The faction was called The Bone Street Krew and each member had the initials of the faction tattooed onto themselves, with Undertaker's being prominently shown on his stomach. Calaway invests in real estate with business partner Scott Everhart. Calaway and Everhart finished construction on a $2.7m building in Loveland, Colorado, called "The Calahart" (a portmanteau of their last names). Calaway and his ex-wife Sara established The Zeus Compton Calaway Save the Animals fund at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences to help pay for lifesaving treatments for large-breed dogs.
    The Undertaker won his first Royal Rumble match in 2007, in doing so becoming the first man to enter the Rumble at number 30 and win the match.
    More Details Hide Details He then began a storyline with Batista, whom he defeated at WrestleMania 23 to win his first World Heavyweight Championship. At Backlash in a Last Man Standing match, they had a rematch that ended in a draw when neither man was able to answer the ten-count, resulting in The Undertaker retaining the championship. On the May 11 episode of SmackDown!, The Undertaker and Batista fought in a steel cage match that ended in a draw when both men's feet touched the floor at the same time. After the match, Mark Henry made his return and assaulted an already exhausted Undertaker, after which Edge ran to the ring and cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase, forcing Undertaker into a second title defense. Although he kicked out of two quick pin attempts, Undertaker was pinned by Edge after a spear and lost the title.
    The two continued to feud into 2007 as Kennedy cost The Undertaker two World Heavyweight Championship opportunities for a championship match at the Royal Rumble.
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  • 2006
    Age 40
    In January 2006 at the Royal Rumble, The Undertaker returned during Kurt Angle's celebration of his World Heavyweight Championship defense against Mark Henry on a horse-drawn cart, signaling for a title shot.
    More Details Hide Details As part of their storyline feud, The Undertaker lost his match with Angle at No Way Out after a thirty-minute bout. Undertaker cornered Angle after the match and told him he was not finished with him; however, during a rematch on SmackDown!, Henry attacked The Undertaker from behind, costing him the title. This led to The Undertaker challenging Henry to a casket match at WrestleMania 22, and Henry – like Orton a year before – vowed to end Undertaker's WrestleMania winning streak. The Undertaker defeated Henry to become 14–0 at WrestleMania. During a rematch on the next episode of SmackDown!, The Great Khali made his debut and assaulted The Undertaker to transition into a new storyline. The Undertaker was not heard from until the May 5 episode of SmackDown!, as Theodore Long delivered a challenge from The Undertaker to Khali for a match at Judgment Day. However, Khali was removed from the match and was not medically fit and was replaced by then ECW World Champion Big Show, over whom The Undertaker gained the victory. In the storyline, Teddy Long replaced Khali with Big Show as punishment for an attack on The Undertaker shortly before the match. Khali was then challenged to a Last Man Standing match at SummerSlam after interfering in The Undertaker's match with then World Heavyweight Champion King Booker. Khali refused the challenge for SummerSlam, though Long made the match official for the August 18 episode of SmackDown! instead.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 39
    On the July 14, 2005 episode of SmackDown!, Hassan's absence was explained by a statement delivered by his lawyer Thomas Whitney, which said that Hassan refused to appear on the show until The Great American Bash due to the way he had been treated by the media and WWE fans.
    More Details Hide Details It was revealed in late July 2005 that UPN had pressured WWE to keep Hassan off of their network, effectively removing him from SmackDown! Undertaker defeated Hassan at The Great American Bash to become the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, the Undertaker delivered a Last Ride through an open stage ramp onto a concrete floor to Hassan after the match. It was reported that Hassan sustained serious injuries and had to be rushed to a nearby medical facility, writing Hassan off of television. Several days later, WWE.com hosted a video of a kayfabe announcement from Theodore Long, where he reiterates the stipulation that Hassan would no longer appear on SmackDown! It was revealed that Hassan was going to receive a major push, eventually winning the World Heavyweight Championship from Batista at SummerSlam, thus breaking Randy Orton's record of being the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history.
    In one of the most controversial moments in the WWE, on the episode of SmackDown! taped on July 4, 2005, the SmackDown!
    More Details Hide Details General Manager Theodore Long put Muhammad Hassan in a match against Undertaker at The Great American Bash for the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship, and placed Daivari in a match that night against The Undertaker, who quickly defeated Daivari. After the match, Hassan began to "pray" on the ramp, summoning five masked men, dressed in black shirts, ski-masks, and camouflage pants. Armed with clubs and a piano wire, the masked men beat and choked The Undertaker, and Hassan put The Undertaker in a camel clutch. Afterward, the masked men lifted Daivari above their heads and carried him away. Three days later, the London bombings took place. The footage aired unedited on UPN in the United States and on The Score in Canada with an advisory warning shown several times during the broadcast. It was removed from the Australian and European (including in the United Kingdom) broadcasts.
  • 2003
    Age 37
    The Undertaker took a break after The Big Show threw him off the stage, sparking a feud. The Undertaker returned at the Royal Rumble in January 2003.
    More Details Hide Details He immediately continued his feud with Big Show and defeated him by submission at No Way Out with a triangle choke. A-Train entered the storyline by attempting to attack The Undertaker after the match, but Nathan Jones came to his aid. The storyline resumed as The Undertaker began to train Jones to wrestle, and the two were scheduled to fight Big Show and A-Train in a tag team match at WrestleMania XIX. However, Jones was removed prior to the match, making it a handicap match, which The Undertaker won with the help of Jones. Over the remainder of the year, The Undertaker entered a brief feud with John Cena and was booked to have two WWE Championship opportunities. The first, on the September 4 SmackDown!, against Kurt Angle, ended in a no contest, due to interference from Brock Lesnar. The second, at No Mercy, was a Biker Chain match between The Undertaker and Lesnar, which Lesnar won with the help of Vince McMahon. This match resulted in a feud with McMahon, culminating at Survivor Series where the Undertaker lost a Buried Alive match against McMahon when Kane interfered. The Undertaker disappeared for some time following the match, with Kane claiming that he was "dead and buried forever".
  • 2002
    Age 36
    The Undertaker's next storyline began at the Royal Rumble in January 2002, when Maven eliminated him by hit him with a dropkick from behind.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequently, The Undertaker eliminated Maven in return and brutally assaulted him backstage. On an episode of SmackDown! The Rock mentioned The Undertaker's elimination at the Royal Rumble, angering Undertaker, who responded by costing The Rock the number one contendership for the Undisputed WWF Championship. The storyline continued when The Rock cost The Undertaker his match with Maven for the Hardcore Championship. The two faced off at No Way Out, where The Undertaker lost due to interference from Ric Flair. This interference began a storyline with Flair, who declined a challenge to wrestle Undertaker at WrestleMania X8, and, as a result, Undertaker assaulted his son David. Flair eventually accepted the match after The Undertaker threatened to inflict the same punishment on Flair's daughter. A no disqualification stipulation was added to the match, and The Undertaker defeated Flair. After the storyline with Flair, The Undertaker defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin at Backlash to win the number one contendership for the Undisputed WWF Championship. Later that night, he helped Hulk Hogan win his title match against then Undisputed WWF Champion Triple H. The Undertaker then defeated Hogan for the renamed WWE Undisputed Championship at Judgment Day. The following night on Raw, The Undertaker was defeated by Rob Van Dam for the WWE Undisputed Championship; however, Ric Flair restarted the match and The Undertaker retained his championship. On the July 1 episode of Raw, The Undertaker turned into a fan favorite again after defeating Jeff Hardy in a ladder match and raising Hardy's hand as a show of respect.
  • 2001
    Age 35
    In 2001, the Undertaker reunited with Kane as The Brothers of Destruction, challenging for the WWF World Tag Team Championship once again.
    More Details Hide Details They received a title shot at No Way Out, facing Edge and Christian and then champions The Dudley Boyz in a tables match, but they were not successful. The Undertaker then went on to defeat Triple H at WrestleMania X-Seven. He and Kane continued a storyline that focused on Triple H, who formed a "surprise alliance" with then WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin. The Brothers of Destruction were granted an opportunity to face Triple H and Austin for their titles. After The Undertaker and Kane won the WWF World Tag Team Championship from Edge and Christian, Triple H pinned Kane after attacking him with a sledgehammer at Backlash, where The Brothers of Destruction lost their championship. With Kane injured, The Undertaker feuded briefly with Austin for his WWF Championship, but he failed to won the title at Judgment Day. As part of "The Invasion" storyline, The Undertaker's next nemesis was Diamond Dallas Page, who was obsessively following The Undertaker's wife, Sara. While they were presented as being married from the start of the storyline, in reality, Calaway and Sara got married during the height of this feud. At SummerSlam, WCW Tag Team Champions The Undertaker and Kane defeated Page and his partner Chris Kanyon in a steel cage match to win the WWF World Tag Team Championship. At Survivor Series, The Undertaker teamed with Kane, The Rock, Chris Jericho, and Big Show to take on The Alliance's Stone Cold Steve Austin, Booker T, Rob Van Dam, Shane McMahon, and Kurt Angle (this was the last time The Undertaker and Kane teamed until 2006).
  • 2000
    Age 34
    Calaway married his second wife, Sara, in St. Petersburg, Florida on July 21, 2000.
    More Details Hide Details In 2001, Sara made televised appearances with the WWE (then known as the WWF) as part of a feud between Calaway and Diamond Dallas Page, in which she was acknowledged as being Calaway's wife. The couple had two daughters together: Chasey (born November 21, 2002) and Gracie (born May 15, 2005).
    By his return in May 2000, The Undertaker had taken on a drastically different identity from before, as he abandoned the somber mortician-themed attires, his funeral dirge ring music, allusions to the supernatural, and the accompanying morbid theatrics.
    More Details Hide Details In place of this, he took on a biker identity, riding to the ring on a motorcycle, and wearing sunglasses and bandanas to the ring. His entrance music was replaced with popular rock songs of the time, like Limp Bizkit's "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)" and Kid Rock's "American Bad Ass" (from which the name of The Undertaker's new gimmick originated), though it was accompanied by the characteristic opening bell of The Undertaker's original theme. When Undertaker returned at Judgment Day, he took out all the members of the McMahon-Helmsley Faction, which caused him to once again be a fan favorite. He also targeted their leader, then WWF Champion Triple H. At the King of the Ring pay-per-view, The Undertaker teamed with The Rock and Kane to defeat the team of Triple H, Shane McMahon, and Vince McMahon. Afterward, he was booked to team with Kane to contend for the WWF World Tag Team Championship. They defeated Edge and Christian, earning the right to face them the following week for the championship, which Edge and Christian retained. Kane betrayed The Undertaker by hitting him with a chokeslam twice, with the second one putting The Undertaker through the ring, on the August 14 episode of Raw Is War. This incident led to another match between the two at SummerSlam, which ended in a no contest as Kane ran from the ring area after The Undertaker removed Kane's mask.
  • 1998
    Age 32
    After building up to his second villainous run in the latter part of 1998, The Undertaker introduced an updated version of his Deadman identity by January 1999 — the dark priest who in the initial period of this persona reigned over a stable known as The Ministry of Darkness.
    More Details Hide Details In this form, he took on a wicked, demonic presence, much more so than ever before. He often claimed to be invoking and taking orders from a "Higher Power". Moreover, he often appeared in a hooded black robe and sat on a throne that was specially designed into his character symbol. With the help of his minions, he often performed sacrifices on select WWE wrestlers, using various incantations and magic words with intent to extract out the dark side of the wrestlers in question so as to recruit them into his Ministry. The completed Ministry of Darkness consisted of The Brood (Christian, Edge and Gangrel), The Acolytes (Bradshaw and Faarooq), Mideon, and Viscera. Calaway himself did not wrestle for a period having undergone a hip replacement. As part of the angle, Undertaker expressed a desire to take control of the World Wrestling Federation, displacing its owner, Vince McMahon. These ambitions culminated into a rivalry between The Ministry and The Corporation, ultimately resulting in a match between Undertaker and Corporation enforcer, Big Boss Man. The two faced off in a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania XV, which Undertaker won. At Backlash: In Your House, Undertaker defeated Corporation member Ken Shamrock after interference from Ministry member Bradshaw.
  • 1997
    Age 31
    In May 1997, Paul Bearer attempted to rejoin The Undertaker, using the ultimatum of revealing The Undertaker's "deepest, darkest secret" to the world.
    More Details Hide Details In storyline, Bearer announced that The Undertaker was an arsonist/murderer, who as a child had burned down the family funeral home business (where he and his family lived and Bearer worked), killing his parents and ostensibly his younger half-brother as well. The Undertaker denied all this; however, Bearer claimed to having proof in the form of The Undertaker's alive and well half-brother Kane, who had survived though horribly scarred and burned. Bearer raised Kane after the fire, having him institutionalized from the date of the fire all the way into adulthood. Ever since the fire, Kane had been awaiting to exact vengeance on his older half-brother. In defense, Undertaker responded that Kane, a pyromaniac, had been the one to set the fire and could not have possibly even survived. Also during the period, Bearer had unintentionally admitted to Undertaker's mother having an affair with him. As a result, it was revealed to The Undertaker that Kane was actually his half-brother. Until that point, Undertaker spent his life (entirety of the father's life) under the impression that Kane was fully related to him and his family. It was during this time that The Undertaker also made an appearance in Michinoku Pro Wrestling, defeating Hakushi in a singles match.
    He then moved on to feud with Vader, whom he faced in January 1997 at 1997 Royal Rumble in a singles match, which Undertaker lost after Bearer interfered on behalf of his new protégé.
    More Details Hide Details The two then clashed in the Royal Rumble match itself as they made it to the final moments of the match, but both were eliminated by Stone Cold Steve Austin, who had crept back into the match after his elimination was unseen. He faced both Vader and Austin in a four-corners elimination match for the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Championship at In Your House 13: Final Four, but Bret Hart won. However, the following month, The Undertaker managed to win the title for the second time by defeating Sycho Sid at WrestleMania 13.
  • 1996
    Age 30
    The Undertaker returned in November at Survivor Series, wearing a Phantom of the Opera-like, grey upper-face mask. In the main event of the Royal Rumble in January 1996, The Undertaker was unmasked in a WWF World Heavyweight Championship match against Bret Hart, but Diesel interfered during the match, costing The Undertaker the championship.
    More Details Hide Details A rematch for the title on the February 5 episode of Raw saw similar interference. At that month's In Your House: Rage in the Cage, while Diesel was facing Hart in a steel cage match, The Undertaker delivered a surprise attack, emerging from a hole he had ripped through the ring canvas and dragging Diesel with him down under, allowing Hart the victory. After several weeks of more tit for tat between Diesel and The Undertaker, the feud culminated in a singles match between the two at WrestleMania XII, where Undertaker was victorious. The Undertaker's next feud started the next night on Raw, when Mankind made his debut and interfered in Undertaker's match against Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw. For the next few months, Mankind ambushed and cost The Undertaker several matches. The feud intensified, and they began taking their battles into crowds, backstage areas, and in the boiler rooms of different arenas. Mankind cost the Undertaker the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship at In Your House 8: Beware of Dog, assisting champion Goldust to victory. As a result, the first ever Boiler Room Brawl was booked between the two at SummerSlam. During the match, when Undertaker reached for Paul Bearer's urn, Bearer hit him with it, betraying The Undertaker and allowing Mankind to "incapacitate" him with the mandible claw, giving him the win. After Bearer's betrayal, The Undertaker took his rivalry with Mankind to a new level, resulting in a Buried Alive match in the main event of In Your House 11: Buried Alive, where The Undertaker won the match after a chokeslam into the open grave.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 29
    Throughout most of 1995, Undertaker feuded with members of Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar Corporation.
    More Details Hide Details At WrestleMania XI, while The Undertaker was facing King Kong Bundy, Kama stole the urn and antagonized him by melting it into a large gold necklace. In August, Undertaker defeated Kama in a casket match at SummerSlam. Several weeks later, Undertaker injured his orbital bone near his eye, forcing a period of absence for surgery, until his return at Survivor Series.
  • 1994
    Age 28
    His rivalry with Yokozuna culminated in a WWF World Heavyweight Championship casket match at the Royal Rumble in January 1994.
    More Details Hide Details During the match, champion Yokozuna sealed The Undertaker in the casket with the assistance of several other villainous Wippleman-managed wrestlers to win the match. The Undertaker appeared from inside the casket on the video screen, representing his spirit, warning that he would return. The Undertaker did not appear in the WWF for seven months after his loss to Yokozuna. In reality, he was given time off to allow a back injury to heal. During his absence, the WWF promoted his return by showing video clips of people who claimed to have seen The Undertaker. After WrestleMania X, Ted DiBiase introduced an Undertaker back to the WWF. This Undertaker, however, played by Brian Lee, was an impostor Undertaker (dubbed "The Underfaker" by fans) and led to the return of the real Undertaker in the SummerSlam main event, appearing as a new version of his Deadman persona, represented now by cool colors and replacing grey with purple. The Undertaker defeated the impostor after three Tombstone Piledrivers. At Survivor Series, The Undertaker defeated Yokozuna in a casket match rematch.
  • 1993
    Age 27
    The Undertaker defeated Hulk Hogan to win his first WWF World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series with the help of Ric Flair, and thus became the youngest WWF World Heavyweight Champion in history until having this record broken by Yokozuna in April 1993 at WrestleMania IX.
    More Details Hide Details WWF President Jack Tunney ordered a rematch for This Tuesday in Texas six days later, where he lost the title back to Hogan. However, due to the controversial ends to the two title matches between The Undertaker and Hogan, the title was vacated by Tunney. The title was awarded to Ric Flair as the winner of the 1992 Royal Rumble match.
    Also in this time, he headlined the first episode of Monday Night Raw on January 11, 1993 with a victory over Damien Demento.
    More Details Hide Details He faced González at WrestleMania IX, which is notable as Undertaker's only disqualification win at WrestleMania after the use of chloroform.
  • 1992
    Age 26
    He then feuded extensively with wrestlers managed by Harvey Wippleman throughout 1992 and 1993, such as Kamala, Giant González and Yokozuna.
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    On the February 29, 1992 episode of Superstars, Roberts confronted The Undertaker on the Funeral Parlor set over that incident (aired on Saturday Night's Main Event).
    More Details Hide Details After demanding to know whose side The Undertaker was on and getting the reply "Not yours!", Roberts attacked both Bearer and The Undertaker, only for Undertaker to stand his ground and run Roberts off. The Undertaker defeated Roberts at WrestleMania VIII.
    In February 1992, The Undertaker's ally Jake "The Snake" Roberts tried to attack "Macho Man" Randy Savage's manager/wife Miss Elizabeth with a steel chair when Undertaker stopped him, becoming a fan favorite for the first time.
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  • 1991
    Age 25
    Calaway made his feature film debut as Hutch in the 1991 film Suburban Commando.
    More Details Hide Details He had guest roles on Poltergeist: The Legacy and Celebrity Deathmatch. In 2002, Calaway appeared out of character on the Canadian sports show Off the Record with Michael Landsberg. Undertaker were a short series of comic books written by Chaos! Comics that were based on The Undertaker. On August 1, 2K Games announced a special "Phenom Edition" for WWE 2K14 would include Undertaker-themed extras, including the "American Badass" playable character. Calaway has appeared on 61 different pay-per-view posters, which, as of 2015, is the highest of any WWE superstar.
    Since unseating Hulk Hogan as WWF World Heavyweight Champion in 1991, The Undertaker has been involved in various pivotal storylines and matches within WWE history.
    More Details Hide Details The Undertaker is known for The Streak, an unprecedented run of 21 straight victories at WWE's leading pay-per-view, WrestleMania (including main event bouts at WrestleMania 13, WrestleMania XXIV, and WrestleMania XXVI); he sustained his first loss at WrestleMania XXX to Brock Lesnar. He was also winner of the 2007 Royal Rumble and in doing so, became the first man to enter the event last and win. Among other championships, Calaway is an eight-time world champion, having held the WWF World Heavyweight Championship four times (with his third and fourth reigns being as WWF Champion and WWE Undisputed Champion, respectively), the World Heavyweight Championship three times and the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship once. Calaway was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Frank Compton Calaway (died July 22, 2003) and Betty Catherine Truby. He has four older brothers: David, Michael, Paul, and Timothy. Calaway attended Waltrip High School, where he was a member of the football and basketball teams.
  • 1990
    Age 24
    Calaway made his WWF debut as Kane the Undertaker at a taping of Superstars on November 19, 1990.
    More Details Hide Details The original Deadman character depicted him as a western mortician dressed in a trench coat, gray-striped tie, and gray-ringed, black stetson hat with gray gloves and boot spats. He was portrayed as impervious to pain, something accomplished by Calaway not selling his opponents' attacks. Calaway made his official on-camera debut on November 22 at Survivor Series as a villainous character when he was the mystery partner of Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar Team. Approximately one minute into the match, The Undertaker eliminated Koko B. Ware with his finisher, the Tombstone Piledriver. He also eliminated Dusty Rhodes before being counted out; however, his team won the match with DiBiase being the sole survivor. During the match, Calaway was referred to as The Undertaker, neglecting the Kane name, which was dropped shortly after the event (and seven years later was given to another wrestler who eventually became Undertaker's younger brother of the same name). At the same time, The Undertaker switched managers from Brother Love to Paul Bearer – a histrionic, ghostly character, almost always seen bearing an urn, which he used to revive The Undertaker's strength whenever Undertaker fell victim to his antagonists. Undertaker placed his defeated opponents (almost always jobbers) in a bodybag and carried them to the back.
    In October 1990, he signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
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    In July 1990, he wrestled against Lex Luger for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship at The Great American Bash, but was pinned by Luger.
    More Details Hide Details He gave notice to WCW on August 27. His final match was on September 7 at a WorldWide taping in Amarillo, Texas in which he defeated Dave Johnson. During his time in WCW, Calaway briefly wrestled in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) as "Punisher" Dice Morgan. After leaving WCW, he briefly returned to the USWA to participate in a tournament to determine the new USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion; he defeated Bill Dundee in the first round, but lost to Jerry Lawler in the quarterfinals.
    Callous was promptly drafted into The Skyscrapers tag team to replace a legitimate injured Sid Vicious, and he made his debut on January 3, 1990 in a match later televised against Agent Steel and Randy Harris.
    More Details Hide Details The new team gained some notoriety at Clash of the Champions X when they beat down The Road Warriors after their match. However, Callous' partner Dan Spivey left WCW days before their Chicago Street Fight against The Road Warriors at WrestleWar. Callous and a replacement masked Skyscraper were defeated in the street fight, and the team broke up soon afterwards. Callous took on the guidance of Paul E. Dangerously and defeated Johnny Ace at Capital Combat and defeated Brian Pillman at the Clash of the Champions XI: Coastal Crush in singles competition.
  • 1989
    Age 23
    Calaway married his first wife, Jodi Lynn, in 1989. They had a son, Gunner Vincent (born 1993). The marriage ended in 1999.
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    While performing as The Punisher, Calaway won the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship on October 5, 1989, when Eric Embry forfeited the title. In 1989, Calaway joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as a villain and adopted the ring name "Mean" Mark Callous, a name devised for him by Terry Funk.
    More Details Hide Details He was portrayed as a morbid character; he wore predominantly black ring attire and was described by announcer Jim Ross as having a fondness for pet snakes and the music of Ozzy Osbourne.
    On February 2, 1989, managed by Dutch Mantel, he debuted as The Master of Pain, a character fresh out of the United States Penitentiary, Atlanta after serving five years (much in solitary confinement) for killing two men in a fight.
    More Details Hide Details After his second match the next week, he stayed in the ring by challenging USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion Jerry Lawler to an impromptu match. The Master of Pain easily dominated Lawler until Mantel entered the ring and called him off. Lawler agreed to a title match, and on April 1, The Master of Pain won his first professional wrestling championship. He held it for just over three weeks before Lawler became the first man to pin him, winning it back.
    After wrestling for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as "Mean" Mark Callous from 1989 to 1990, he signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Calaway is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. As The Undertaker, Calaway's gimmick is a horror-themed, macabre entity who employs scare tactics and holds links to the supernatural; the character was reinvented as a biker during the early 2000s. The Undertaker is the storyline half-brother of fellow WWE wrestler Kane, with whom he has alternately feuded and teamed with as The Brothers of Destruction.
  • 1988
    Age 22
    In 1988, after four years in the promotion, he left and joined the Continental Wrestling Association (which became part of the United States Wrestling Association after Jerry Jarrett bought WCCW and merged the two organizations into one), wrestling under several gimmicks.
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  • 1986
    Age 20
    In 1986, Calaway dropped out of university to focus on a career in sports, and he briefly considered playing professional basketball in Europe before deciding to focus on professional wrestling.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 19
    In 1985, he enrolled in Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas, where he majored in sport management and played basketball for the Rams in the 1985–1986 season as a center.
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  • 1984
    Age 18
    Calaway made his debut in 1984 for World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) under the ring name Texas Red.
    More Details Hide Details His first match was a loss against Bruiser Brody.
    Calaway began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984.
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  • 1983
    Age 17
    He graduated in 1983 and began studying at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas on a basketball scholarship.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on March 24, 1965.
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