THROWBACK: When The Undertaker Taught an Un-American Test a Lesson at SummerSlam 2002

Published 08/01/2021, 12:45 PM EDT
370782 04: World Wrestling Federation’s Wrestler Undertaker Poses June 2000 In Los Angeles, Ca. (Photo By Getty Images)


The Undertaker, The Deadman, The American Badass, Big Evil. Mark Calaway goes by many names. But one thing is for sure, he is one of the most accomplished and iconic WWE superstars of all time. Throughout the years, Taker has delivered many memorable matches. One of the more ones is his 2002 SummerSlam match against an Un-American Test.

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The event took place on August 24, 2002, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y. The pay-per-view encompassed huge matches like Ric Flair vs Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels vs Triple H, and Brock Lesnar vs The Rock, just to name a few.

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Going into the match, The Undertaker was a babyface and Test was a heel who represented The Un-Americans. The DeadMan only had one thing on mind, punishing Test for disrespecting America by holding the American flag upside down. The match was an instant classic, with both men giving it their all.

Facing off against the Phenom is no joke and Test found it out the hard way. As expected, Taker had control for most parts of the match, with the tide only momentarily shifting towards Test. Watching Test not being able to hold his own, Lance Storm and Christian stormed into the ring to help him. However, Big Evil broke no sweat. He absolutely demolished both minions and turned his attention to Test.

Test brought a steel chair to hit Taker, only for the opposite to happen. Taker threw a big right boot to the face of Test. Fun fact, Taker did his infamous Tombstone Piledriver to pin Test with his American Badass gimmick. A rare sight to see for the fans.

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Undertaker changes his personality with his gimmicks

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The reason why the Tombstone Piledriver surprised the fans is because it is a move from the DeadMan’s arsenal and not from the American Badass. Mark Calaway took each gimmick seriously and as if it was really him and not a gimmick. As The Undertaker, he rarely spoke and gave little to no reactions to people around him.

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This is what made Mark Calaway an incredible wrestler and a true legend of the business.

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Aditya Pran Mahanta

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Aditya Pran Mahanta is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Being a sports fanatic, he has played at the state level badminton in his younger years but his love for WWE overtook all other passions. Being a decade-long wrestling fan, he relishes the older wrestlers and wishes that the newer generation had the same Edge. He is a passionate fan of Rey Mysterio for his high flying style, Edge for being The Ultimate Opportunist, and Razor Ramon because nobody messes with the Bad Guy!

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