“That’s Part of Me and…”: The Undertaker Reveals the Reason He Ditched His Iconic Look for RAW 30 Appearance Despite the WWE Wanting It

Published 03/13/2023, 11:45 AM EDT

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You don’t have to be a huge WWE fan to recognize the gong bell. Once the lights go out, It’s officially time for trouble, because that’s the signal for The Undertaker. This iconic character became a pop culture icon and stood tall during his 30-year career in the company. Mark Callaway, the man behind the shadows, reminisced on his time as ‘The Phenom’.

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Later in his career, Callaway introduced a new character, called ‘The American Badass’ and even made a cameo for the RAW 30th-anniversary event as the same. The WWE legend gave his two cents on why he chose not to appear in his old ‘Deadman’ character. Callaway also hinted that we might never see that iconic character rise again.

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In a recent BT sports interview with Ariel Helwani, The Undertaker spoke about his memorable cameo at the RAW 30 anniversary on Jan. 23, 2023. He helped Bray Wyatt take down LA Knight in a spectacular fashion. From the WWE’s perspective, Callaway was supposed to enter the arena in his iconic look. However, ‘The Phenom’ explained why he consciously chose to leave the hat and coat, back at home, while dressing up for the character.

Taker said “uh no no… They (WWE) had a different vision. They didn’t even know that I wasn’t, I wasn’t going to have the hat and coat.”

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Callaway added “(The WWE) totally thought that I was coming (like the) old Undertaker. I was like no.” Even though at first glance, fans would be upset at this decision by the deadman. Callaway feels it’s a fitting tribute to the iconic story of The Undertaker.

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In the same interview, Callaway confirmed that he’ll never don the hat and mask again, to appear as The Undertaker. Not even for a one-off appearance at WrestleMania or any such occasion.

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Undertaker said “I won’t… I won’t bring the hat and go back out.” and explained “see, that’s part of me and the storytelling right, when I lifted the curtain when I lifted it back and pulled it back then that’s gone. It’s gone.”

Therefore, the former WWE champion hinted he’ll never make any appearances as ‘the man who cheated death’. Callaway felt that the Undertaker will live on but in the memories of fans. However, bringing him back would not work, especially in this day and age.

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What do you think about the Undertaker’s decision? Let us know in the comments below.

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Vulligundam Ruthwik

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Vulligundam Ruthwik is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Ruthwik has completed his Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Joseph’s in Hyderabad.
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