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Celebrating 25 Years of The Undertaker in WWE

On November 22nd 1990, when the “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase brought out his mystery partner little did anyone know that the man who walked out would change the history of the WWE forever. “Mean” Mark Callous was a well known face in the old NWA/WCW and prior to that he was Texas Red in WCCW. Mark Calaway walked out at the Survivor Series as The Undertaker and has immediate impact on what was known then as the WWF. Right away he made an impact and feuded with top names as the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan. It was one year later that he defeated Hulk Hogan for the WWE Championship. Even though he lost the title less then a week later you knew he was going to be something special. 
In his early years with WWE he feuded with monsters like Kamala, Giant Gonzales and Yokozuna. During the mid 90s he feuded with two more monsters in Psycho Sid and Diesel defeating them both in back to back Wrestlemania’s The Undertaker met his greatest rival in 1996 and feuded with him for nearly three years. I believe that The Undertaker’s greatest rivalry was with Mankind. They had so many classic matches including the 1998 King of the Ring Hell in a Cell match. When many people think of The Undertaker they think of that moment. The other moment that people think about when they think of the The Undertaker is the Wrestlemania streak that once was. He was 21-0 before he met Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30 and the list is pretty incredible of the opponents he has faced:
Wrestlemania 7- “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka
Wrestlemania 8- Jake “the Snake” Roberts
Wrestlemania 9- Giant Gonzales
Wrestlemania 11- King Kong Bundy
Wrestlemania 12- Diesel
Wrestlemania 13- Psycho Sid (WWE Championship Match)
Wrestlemania 14- Kane
Wrestlemania 15- Big Boss Man
Wrestlemania 17- Triple H
Wrestlemania 18- Ric Flair
Wrestlemania 19- A-Train and Big Show
Wrestlemania 20- Kane
Wrestlemania 21- Randy Orton
Wrestlemania 22- Mark Henry
Wrestlemania 23- Batista (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match)
Wrestlemania 24- Edge (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match)
Wrestlemania 25- Shawn Michaels
Wrestlemania 26- Shawn Michaels 
Wrestlemania 27- Triple H
Wrestlemania 28- Triple H
Wrestlemania 29- CM Punk

Wrestlemania 30- Brock Lesnar (First Loss)
Wrestlemania 31- Bray Wyatt

Shawn Michaels always called himself as Mr. Wrestlemania in his later years but in my opinion The Undertaker is Wrestlemania. The Undertaker has stood the test of time and people always see what he’s going to do at Wrestlemania. However Wrestlemania is not his only accomplishment. He was in the first ever Hell in a Cell match as well as competing in Casket Matches, Buried Alive Matches, and even competed in a rare Body Bag Match. My favorite time during The Undertaker’s career is when came out as the American Bad Ass, and Big Evil. He was a real life person and not the Dead Man like he had been for so long. He was more vocal on the microphone and you got a sense when he came to the ring that he was going to feed off the energy of the crowd. The motorcycle driving, leather wearing, and Last Riding character only lasted three years but it was different. He evolved which so many other failed to do in that time frame. He reverted back to his original character in 2004 and has been the same ever since.

On November 22nd 2015, The Undertaker will celebrate his 25th year with World Wrestling Entertainment. As much of a celebration it is, there is a part of it that makes me sad. The Undertaker is the last of a great generation. He outlasted Austin, Michaels, Hogan, Flair, The Rock, Hart, and many others. When The Undertaker finally hangs up the boots it will be time for WWE to look at how they will ever get to where they once were. They once had star power, depth in their roster, and characters that stood out. The Undertaker is and was a huge part of those components. Whether he was the “Dead Man” or the “American Bad Ass” he was an instant draw for WWE and commanded people’s attention. This Survivor Series will mark the last run of The Undertaker which will probably come an end at Wrestlemania 32. If this is Then Undertaker’s last ride it’s been one hell of a ride and it will be a ride that will never be duplicated again. The Undertaker’s legacy will live on for a long time long after his career has rested in peace. From being Ted Dibiase’s partner to feuding with Bray Wyatt currently, you have to respect what he’s done for the WWE. Love him or hate him, he deserves all the respect he’s given because it is and always be his yard.

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