WWE Opinion: 25 Years of The Undertaker – Early Years!

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Here at Wrestling’s Dirty Deeds, we want to celebrate and embrace 25 years of arguably one of the WWE’s most premier performers…Mark Callaway, better known to millions as The Undertaker. Now is the time to look back, embrace and celebrate the man…

On November 22 1990, Mark Callaway was bought to the ring by his then-manager Brother Love as part of The Million Dollar Team as The Phenom, The Undertaker. Quickly showing his dominence and power, he obliterated Koko B.Ware with his signature move, the Tombstone Piledriver before quickly chasing Dusty Rhodes out of the arena for the count-out. Whilst he wasn’t a survivor, his team did win and he had made his presence known.

Quickly, thereafter he shown his dominance against a variety of WWE Superstars but notably was the replacement of his manager Brother Love with someone who will always be linked closely to him, Paul Bearer who was never far away from his urn for which he claimed had the hidden powers of The Undertaker inside. Throughout 1991, he continued to show his dominance but also began his infamous WrestleMania streak at WrestleMania VII when he defeated Superfly Jimmy Snuka with ease. Towards the end of 1991, he turned his attention to the WWE Championship and it’s holder Hulk Hogan to whom he faced at Survivor Series 1991, capturing his first WWE Championship following interference from Ric Flair…

His reign was to be short lived, as he lost the title back to Hogan a mere six days later at This Tuesday in Texas, in a match once again surrounded by controversy but after this match, The Undertaker remained out of the title picture for just over two years until he faced Yokozuna at Royal Rumble 1994. Going into 1992, he began an intensive feud with Jake Roberts which started when he saved Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth from a blind-sighted chair shot. After spending the first 15 months of his career, this marked the first time The Undertaker was recognised as a fan favourite. This eventually culminated in a battle at WrestleMania VIII, where he extended the streak to 2-0. Throughout the remainder of 1992, he feuded with the Ugandan Giant Kamala, with battles at SummerSlam and Survivor Series…the later of which marked the first Casket match in WWE history, but was also the first of many superstars to be managed by the highly irritable but entertaining Harvey Wippleman. Going into 1993 Royal Rumble match, he quickly shown his dominance by eliminating various superstars, before a tall and ominous figure in Giant Gonzalez came out and decimated him. This quickly setup his feud for the remainder of 1993, where he faced him at WrestleMania IX culminating in a DQ victory and taking his streak further to 3-0 before their feud finally culminated at SummerSlam 1993 in a Rest in Peace match, which The Undertaker won and Gonzalez was never seen on WWE screens again…

To culminate his early years tenure, he began feuding with the mighty Yokozuna in late 1993 and the beginning of 1994, which led to their forgettable encounter at the Royal Rumble 1994 in a Casket match for the WWE Championship where it seemed The Undertaker was going to succeed in gaining the victory and the WWE Championship before he was suddenly attacked by an entourage of WWE superstars who proceeded to lock him in the Casket. After cutting a spooky promo from inside the casket, The Undertaker then seemingly rose from the casket to the ceiling of the Providence Civic Center, and disappeared off WWE television for most of 1994…

It can be argued that during his early years, there wasn’t very many significant moments which occurred during his tenure, yes whilst he began amassing his WrestleMania Streak, most of his matches were against larger men were he wasn’t able to excel. Yes he won the WWE Championship from Hulk Hogan but it is instantly forgettable because it only lasted six days. He made his mark none the less, hence why he has being around for 25 years but it was his resurgence as The Deadman and The Lord of Darkness where he truly began to shine. We look forward to bringing you Part 2 – The Deadman very soon!

Image Credit: The Undertaker’s Undefeated Streak Facebook Page

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