Of all the notable wrestlers of all-time, there is only a handful of men who have transcended many eras in the wrestling arena, they include the likes of Hulk Hogan, John Cena, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and of course, the Deadman who is best known as the Undertaker. The wrestler’s career took-off in 1984 when he worked for several affiliate promotions, as well as the WCCW (World Class Championship Wrestling) where he operated under diverse gimmicks. He joined WCW (World Championship Wrestling) in 1989, after experiencing a short-lived stint wrestling as a mid-card performer under the moniker Mean MarkCallous. It was in 1990 that the Taker joined the WWF (World Wrestling Federation) which is now known as WWE.
His iconic name – the Undertaker, was birthed in WWE after he rebranded his craft and proceeded to earn unprecedented mainstream fame as a horror-themed, deathly entity who used scare tactics, as well as held some links to the supernatural. The Attitude Era recorded the Undertaker as one of the most outstanding figures to ever grace the rings, featuring in several key matches and storylines as WWF experienced a boom period in business during the late 1990s. The early part of the 2000s saw his character transition into a biker before the Deadman went back to a sophisticated version of his earlier gimmick in 2004. The iconic wrestler is best recognized for The Streak, a succession of 21 uninterrupted victories at the WWE’s flagship yearly event, dubbed WrestleMania.
The Undertaker was born as Mark William Calaway in Houston USA on the 24th of March 1965. Though his dad is already late, he has been identified as Frank Compton Calaway who died on the 22nd of July 2003; however, his mum Betty Catherine Truby is still alive. The iconic wrestler spent his formative years alongside four older brothers – Timothy, Paul, Michael, and David.
The Undertaker has good academic records, after his 1983 graduation from Waltrip High School, where he played both basketball and football, the Deadman leveraged on his basketball scholarship to attend Angelina College located in Lufkin, Texas. 1985 saw him as a student of Sport Management at Texas Wesleyan University located in Fort Worth, Texas, playing basketball as a center with the Rams between 1985 and 1986. However, he was not patient enough to finish his education and had to forfeit the university degree in favor of a sports career. wrestling was not even his first choice as Taker contemplated going for professional basketball before he decided to go find his forte in the rings.
Does Undertaker the WWE Legend Still Wrestle or Has He Retired?
In addition to transcending in wrestling, the Undertaker has equally risen above the eras. Since his wrestling debut, the Deadman has been a fan favorite through the early 90s to the Attitude Era, as well as the Relentless Aggression Era and we are yet to see the end of his reign in the modern Reality Era.
The veteran wrestler became a household name as a result of his barely credible run of wins, which was recorded in Wrestlemania at 21-0 before his defeat by Brock Lesnar that took place at Wrestlemania 30.
In recent years, Undertaker’s wrestling schedule has greatly reduced; he has not made any public appearance since he graced the Crown Jewel event. From all indications, the Taker may not be making any more ring appearances in the future.
Reports from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer stated that the ‘Deadman’ has finally retired.
However, speculations have been running rife about the ex- seven-time WWE champion, as he is scheduled for a non-wrestling appearance at the Starrcast. The scheduled event is in the form of a fan conference which fell on the weekend as the first show for AEW dubbed Double or Nothing. The new independent company is being considered as a possible alternative to WWE in the future.
With the kind of record that the Undertaker has with the WWE – a legendary career which spans several years, there is barely any chance that the Deadman will take up any wrestling contract outside the WWE. Fans have already started to express their heartfelt regrets that he is not likely to grace the rings in any way again, but then, after recording all those high profile matches for more than three good decades, The Undertaker is no longer the invincible wrestler we used to know. Though he is still signed to WWE, the strong man’s strength is running low and we cannot help but agree that it is finally time ‘to rest in peace’ for the Deadman’s career. It’s been one hell of a career that has enthralled both fans and the general public.