Mark Callaway, better known as “The Undertaker”, is perhaps the most iconic superstar in the history of the WWE. For the better part of his career, his name was synonymous with professional wrestling.
The Undertaker became a cultural icon around the world. Moreover, the gong signifying his entry still induces goosebumps in long time wrestling fans. However, you’ll be shocked to know that this legend wasn’t always into professional wrestling. Initially, he wanted to pursue a career in basketball.
However, fate took him to the doors of World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he wrestled as Mean Mark Callous. Before that, he had wrestled for WCCW and Continental Wrestling Association under various gimmicks.
His true calling was the WWE where he made his iconic debut as a part of the Survivor Series team of Ted DiBiase, called The Million Dollar Team. His moniker was The Undertaker, a person who disposes corpses. The idea seemed silly at face value, and it was thought that The Undertaker will become another one of WWE’s monster heels who only exist to make the babyfaces look better.
However, with his utmost dedication and the backing of Vince McMahon, he converted it into one of the most successful gimmicks in WWE history. He won numerous accolades and played various versions of his character. In the attitude era, he was the evil priest leading the ministry of darkness.
After that, he switched it for a biker character which received mixed reviews. However, the most successful version of his character came under “The Dead Man” personality which gained mainstream recognition and saw many popular rip-offs. That was how powerful he had become.
Interestingly, The Undertaker character gained such a life that WWE created several layers of storyline around him. He was given an entire family which included his evil father, Paul Bearer, who would walk around with his urn all the time.
He was also given a fictitious brother in the form of WWE legend Kane. WWE had a great time creating hundreds of storylines around these characters leading to some of the greatest moments in WWE history. They also inspired lots of fan fiction about his family members.
Another famous legend around his character is his various deaths. Obviously, WWE would play with that, considering the opportunity. He has died so many times on television that it’s difficult to keep count, and there’s an entire match concept around this called “The Buried Alive” match. Wrestling fans happily suspend their disbelief to enjoy this fantastic character.
Over the years, The Undertaker became so popular that it was impossible for him to remain heel. Fans would cheer for him, regardless. That’s why, even though his character had evil connotations, he played babyface many times in his career. As a living legend today, he gets the biggest props, and history will remember The Undertaker as the man who changed the course of professional wrestling forever.
The Undertaker holds many records within the WWE. He is a seven-time world champion, winning the WWF/E championship four times and the world heavyweight championship three times.
He is also a six-time tag team champion, winning once with Stone Cold Steve Austin, twice with The Big Show, once with The Rock and twice with Kane. Moreover, he is the winner of the 2007 Royal Rumble. That explains why he is considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.
However, his biggest success rate is at WWE’s biggest show, WrestleMania. The Undertaker debuted at WrestleMania in 1991 and won against Jimmy Snuka in his match. Over the years, his WrestleMania win-loss would extend to 21-0.
He only missed out on WrestleMania 10 (1994) and WrestleMania 2000. The streak was finally broken in 2014 by The Beast Brock Lesnar.
The Undertaker has competed in five more WrestleMania matches since then, winning four of them against Bray Wyatt, Shane McMahon, John Cena, and AJ Styles. His only loss came against Roman Reigns, which made him only the second wrestler to defeat The Undertaker at the biggest stage of them all.
The Undertaker has a 2021 net worth of more than $20 million according to Wealthy Persons. His WWE salary is estimated at $2.5 million annually and he is now on a Legends contract.
The Undertaker has been known to be a wrestler who has kept his personal life under the curtains. This was largely to protect the sanctity of his larger-than-life character.
However, a part documentary series released on the WWE Network called The Ride gives us a never before seen look into his life. It takes a glimpse into his career and features comments from his peers. His wife, Michelle McCool, is also a part of the series.
The Undertaker can be seen as a normal man with a family and ambitions. It had been shot for a period of three years. The documentary has received largely positive reviews from the professional wrestling fans who are cherishing the opportunity to see their favorite wrestler in the element.
The Undertaker was very active recently when he raised money for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. He auctioned off a dinner with him where a fan could talk to him about anything they want.
The proceeds from this event went towards the charities to help the most affected in the times when the USA has been heavily affected by the disaster, further increasing the value of this help sent by him.
If you wish to contact The Undertaker, here are his social media handles –
Instagram – @undertaker
Twitter – @undertaker
|Birth name||Mark William Calaway|
|Born||March 24, 1965 (age 55)|
|Height||6 ft 10 in (208 cm)|
|Weight||309 lb (140 kg)|
|Parents||Catherine Calaway, Frank Calaway|
|Address||12904 Hacienda Ridge Austin, TX|
|Spouse(s)||Michelle McCool (m. 2010), Sara Frank (m. 2000; div. 2007), Jodi Lynn (m. 1989; div. 1999)|
|Children||4 (Kaia Faith Calaway, Gunner Vincent Calaway, Chasey Calaway, Gracie Calaway)|
|Ring name(s)||Cain the Undertaker, Mark Callous, Mean Mark Callous, Mean Mark, Dice Morgan, The Master of Pain, The Punisher, Texas Red, The Undertaker|
|Trained by||Buzz Sawyer|
|Debut||26th June 1987|
|Net Worth||$20 Million|