In the last episode of the documentary series Undertaker: The Last Ride, Mark Calaway who is known as The Undertaker in the world of professional wrestling, has apparently announced his retirement. After teasing retirement for several years now, it seems that the legendary veteran wrestler is officially stepping out of the ring for good, claiming he’s at peace with his decision.
The persona of The Undertaker is and will always be one of the most unique in the history of professional wrestling. The appearance of a 19th-century Western-style mortician with supernatural powers gave the character a very intimidating nature. That persona would refer him as the Deadman. The Undertaker goes down as one of the greatest wrestlers and pioneers in the industry. The Undertaker’s career spanned over three decades.
The Undertaker’s Notable Feuds:
Over the years, the Undertaker’s feuded with dozens and dozens of names. Some of his most well-known feuds were with the likes Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Hulk Hogan, King Kong Bundy, Yokozuna, The Ultimate Warrior, Shawn Michaels, Mankind, Kane, Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Randy Orton, Edge, Big Show, CM Punk and Brock Lesnar.
Matches That Defined The Character:
The Casket match is definitely fitting to the nature of the character. The Undertaker would compete in a total of 17 casket matches in his WWE career, amassing a 12-5 record. The Hell in a Cell match also comes to mind. His rivalry with Shawn Michaels would see the two compete in the first Hell in a Cell match. Also, there’s the infamous Hell in a Cell match with Mankind. The Undertaker’s 14 appearances in a Hell in a Cell match is the most in WWE history. He holds an 8-6 record in the match.
The Buried Alive and Last Ride Match are also matches that represent the character directly. The Undertaker was in five Buried Alive matches, amassing a 2-3 record. However, in the Last Ride match, there’s only been two in history, and Undertaker’s been in both and he’s 1-1.
Undertaker’s Wrestlemania record:
The Undertaker’s record at Wrestlemania is 25-2. From 1991 to 2013, the Undertaker would win 21 straight matches at Wrestlemania. It’s “The Streak” in the world of professional wrestling. On April 6th, 2014, Wrestlemania XXX, the Undertaker would suffer his first loss at Wrestlemania, losing to Brock Lesnar.
His greatest Wrestlemania matches range from 2008 to 2013. During that time, he would defeat Edge, then Shawn Michaels, and Triple H in back-to-back years.
Following his Wrestlemania loss to Lesnar, the Undertaker would compete in five more Wrestlemania matches, amassing a 4-1 record. His last match with WWE took place this year when he squared off against A.J. Styles in a boneyard match. In Undertaker’s case, there was no better way for him to have his last match than Wrestlemania.
Three of Undertaker’s Wrestlemania matches were voted Match of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. In addition, his two Wrestlemania matches with Michaels were also voted Match of the Year by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
When The Deadman Character Disappeared:
In 2000, the Undertaker’s Deadman persona vanished. He would transform his character into a biker gimmick dubbed The American Badass. Also, he was noticeably different on the microphone and his ring gear was different. In addition, he would make his entrance riding a motorcycle and would often wear sunglasses and bandannas.
The American Badass/Big Evil persona would last until 2003 when he again disappeared from television following an angle where he was “buried alive” by his on-screen brother Kane. He would return months later at Wrestlemania XX reemerging as the Deadman and defeating Kane.
In WWE, Undertaker is a three-time World Heavyweight Champion and four-time WWE Champion. In addition, he’s a six-time tag team champion. Also, he’s 2007 Royal Rumble winner.
From 1991 to 2020, he has given it his all to the WWE fans and to the business. No doubt, his career has changed the world of sports entertainment. In WWE’s case, there can never be another performer quite like The Undertaker. Furthermore, it’s perhaps safe to say that they’ll never a character with as much potential and excitement.
At this point, the only thing left for him is an induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.