History Wrestling / TheUndertaker

27th Oct '17 10:37:25 AM manusiabumi
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* DoesNotLikeSpam: Mark (the person) absolutely hates cucumber to the point that he (according to Wrestling/PaulBearer in a shoot) threw up bad because he found some cucumber in his drink.
13th Oct '17 10:23:49 PM SventheCrusader
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* BadassBeard: It was at his bushiest during his introduction when it was still red

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* BadassBaritone: Taker is one of those rare men blessed with a voice that sounds like it's booming from the depths of Tartarus.
* BadassBeard: It was at his bushiest during his introduction when it was still redred.
28th Sep '17 7:28:30 AM Macsen
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* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Taker has consistently switched between face and heel as the bookers require. It helps that he can easily be "dark" as either, and is consistently inconsistent in his allegiances, which is best exemplified [[https://youtu.be/ZjIFYyCWS3g?t=3m18s during this segment of the Funeral Parlor]].

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* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Taker has consistently switched between face and heel as the bookers require. It helps that he can easily be "dark" as either, and is consistently inconsistent in his allegiances, which is best exemplified [[https://youtu.be/ZjIFYyCWS3g?t=3m18s during this segment of the Funeral Parlor]].Parlor,]] which marked his ''first'' HeelFaceTurn.



'''Undertaker''': Not yours.

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'''Undertaker''': Not yours.NOT YOURS.
31st Aug '17 8:39:47 AM Peridonyx
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** Likewise, The Deadman visibly had at least a hint of a ThisIsGonnaSuck reaction when [[https://i.pinimg.com/736x/2f/33/e5/2f33e57b83044cf6fe164e3564e72a51--royal-rumble--childhood-memories.jpg Giant Gonzalez debuted right in front of him]].

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** Likewise, The Deadman visibly had at least a hint of a ThisIsGonnaSuck reaction when [[https://i.pinimg.com/736x/2f/33/e5/2f33e57b83044cf6fe164e3564e72a51--royal-rumble--childhood-memories.jpg Perhaps his first inversion was during Giant Gonzalez debuted right in front of him]].Gonzalez's debut -- he was clearly not used to someone OneHeadTaller. However, this was later reversed at ''[=WrestleMania=] 9'' -- the surprise had long since worn off, and now it was Gonzalez's turn to be alarmed at such an ImplacableMan.
31st Aug '17 8:30:09 AM Peridonyx
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** Likewise, The Deadman visibly had at least a hint of a ThisIsGonnaSuck reaction when [[https://i.pinimg.com/736x/2f/33/e5/2f33e57b83044cf6fe164e3564e72a51--royal-rumble--childhood-memories.jpg Giant Gonzalez debuted right in front of him]].



* OneHeadTaller: A guy his size is bound to invoke this during most staredowns. However, this was inverted against [[https://i.pinimg.com/736x/2f/33/e5/2f33e57b83044cf6fe164e3564e72a51--royal-rumble--childhood-memories.jpg Giant Gonzalez]] [[note]]Kane, The Big Show, The Great Khali, etc., are only slightly taller than 'Taker, so they don't truly qualify as inversions.[[/note]].
31st Aug '17 8:25:13 AM Peridonyx
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* OneHeadTaller: A guy his size is bound to invoke this during most staredowns. However, this was inverted against [[https://i.pinimg.com/736x/2f/33/e5/2f33e57b83044cf6fe164e3564e72a51--royal-rumble--childhood-memories.jpg Giant Gonzalez]] [[note]]Kane, The Big Show, The Great Khali, etc., are only slightly taller than 'Taker, so they don't truly qualify as inversions.[[/note]].
7th Aug '17 10:25:53 PM infernape612
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** Hilariously invoked, and before the Internet had really spread the nature of kayfabe to a wider audience, on ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch's "Halloween Episode I" ; 'Taker had a VillainousBreakdown when his opponent proclaimed to know his deepest, darkest secret and then chanted in a completely juvenile neener-neener voice, "Your real name is Mark!"

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** Hilariously invoked, and before the Internet had really spread the nature of kayfabe to a wider audience, on ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch's ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'''s "Halloween Episode I" ; 'Taker had a VillainousBreakdown when his opponent proclaimed to know his deepest, darkest secret and then chanted in a completely juvenile neener-neener voice, "Your real name is Mark!"
7th Aug '17 10:20:53 PM infernape612
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* TheyKilledKennyAgain: He has been "killed" numerous times[[DeathIsCheap but keeps coming]] BackFromTheDead. Averted in the few occasions where he's "NotQuiteDead".

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* TheyKilledKennyAgain: He has been "killed" numerous times[[DeathIsCheap times [[DeathIsCheap but keeps coming]] BackFromTheDead. Averted in the few occasions where he's "NotQuiteDead".



* TheUnTwist: The 2/21/11 promos from January to said date showed a man walking around a cabin in the middle of the night in the rain. The [=IWC=] deduced ''immediately'' that it was The Undertaker making his return[[note]](the other guess was [=Sting=] jumping ship to WWE, something he hasn't had an interest in doing in over 10 years; this would get {{Jossed}} a few weeks later, anyway[[/note]]. When the day came, [=Smarks=] were surprised, but for [[Wrestling/TripleH a much]] [[HesBack different reason]].

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* TheUnTwist: TheUntwist: The 2/21/11 promos from January to said date showed a man walking around a cabin in the middle of the night in the rain. The [=IWC=] deduced ''immediately'' that it was The Undertaker making his return[[note]](the other guess was [=Sting=] jumping ship to WWE, something he hasn't had an interest in doing in over 10 years; this would get {{Jossed}} a few weeks later, anyway[[/note]]. When the day came, [=Smarks=] were surprised, but for [[Wrestling/TripleH a much]] [[HesBack different reason]].
31st Jul '17 5:23:13 AM JamesAustin
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Mark William Calaway (born March 24, 1965) was the longest-tenured performer in Wrestling/{{WWE}} history, working under the name The Undertaker for over twenty years with the company without officially leaving at any point (until his retirement, he was the last performer who appeared on the very first ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Monday Night Raw]]'' to still be working for the company as an in-ring talent). He is one of the most memorable and recognizable superstars in the company's history.

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Mark William Calaway (born March 24, 1965) is an American {{professional wrestl|ing}}er who was the longest-tenured performer in Wrestling/{{WWE}} history, working under the name The Undertaker for over twenty years with the company without officially leaving at any point (until his retirement, he was the last performer who appeared on the very first ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw Monday Night Raw]]'' to still be working for the company as an in-ring talent). He is one of the most memorable and recognizable superstars in the company's history.



* ArchEnemy: {{Wrestling/Kane}}, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]], Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}}, Wrestling/VickieGuerrero, Paul Bearer on and off, Wrestling/PaulHeyman, Wrestling/{{Kamala}}...
** His largest, however, was probably Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. Until ''[=WrestleMania=]'' 25, Taker ''never'' managed to beat Shawn in a singles match. Also, Shawn's back injury that kept him out of the ring for four years and completely miss the business' biggest boom, the Wrestling/AttitudeEra? It happened while fighting The [=Undertaker=]. 'Taker's also the one who ended up retiring Shawn for good in 2010.
** In real life, Wrestling/BrockLesnar. Brock was unhappy with Taker's refusal to lose to him cleanly at [[Wrestling/{{Unforgiven}} Unforgiven 2002]] (necessitating a Hell in a Cell rematch) while Taker did not appreciate Brock's attitude. Even today, it's still going as evidenced by the two having a brief stare-down after a UFC bout. Many interviews today show Brock either does not fully respect Taker or just skewers his perspective on how his animosity with Taker is. [[spoiler: Given how reports indicate that Undertaker had pegged Brock as the one to break his streak in ''2010'', before Brock had even returned to the WWE, and Brock had gone to the hospital with Undertaker (who suffered a concussion in their match), it seems they had given up any animosity towards each other.]]
* TheArtifact: Born way back in 1990, the Undertaker gimmick is the last and greatest surviving example of the WWF "cartoon" era of silly, high-concept characters. How many other stars on the WWE roster could or did share the ring with Wrestling/DoinkTheClown without looking out of place? This isn't to say that Undertaker didn't change with the times during his career, even dropping his kayfabe entirely during his American Badass years.
** Having built up enough credibility to go fully back into the Deadman gimmick, he is still pulling it off in an era that has all but phased out "cartoon"-ish characters.
*** It helps that the Deadman gimmick is '''A.''' one of the most well loved of the cartoony gimmicks, and '''B.''' pretty badass.
*** There are very good cultural reasons that this gimmick was so successful, and anthropologists would probably tell you that, if done right, the Undertaker gimmick was more or less destined to succeed. While "garbage man" and "evil baseball player" and "plumber" gimmicks are eyeroll-worthy, 'Taker's gimmick touches on something that ''everybody'' in the audience has thought of: namely, death. It's not going too far to suggest that the same psychological reactions that have made the Undertaker's career have also founded ''religions''.
*** Styling oneself as a dark emissary of vengeance and/or death as a means of psychological warfare on one's enemies while taking part in a combat trade or craft has also been the foundation of America's most iconic antihero ever: ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. Now, Taker carries more of a grim reaper atmosphere to himself, so he's not exactly an {{Expy}} (face) or a ShadowArchetype (heel) of the Dark Knight, but the general recipe of an "ominous avenger" has been proven to work in the right hands.

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* ArchEnemy: ArchEnemy:
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{{Wrestling/Kane}}, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]], Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}}, Wrestling/VickieGuerrero, Paul Bearer on and off, Wrestling/PaulHeyman, Wrestling/{{Kamala}}...
** His largest, however, was probably Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. Until ''[=WrestleMania=]'' 25, Taker ''never'' managed to beat Shawn in a singles match. Also, Shawn's back injury that kept him out of the ring for four years and completely miss the business' biggest boom, the Wrestling/AttitudeEra? It happened while fighting The [=Undertaker=].Undertaker. 'Taker's also the one who ended up retiring Shawn for good in 2010.
** In real life, Wrestling/BrockLesnar. Brock was unhappy with Taker's refusal to lose to him cleanly at [[Wrestling/{{Unforgiven}} [[Wrestling/UnforgivenWrestling Unforgiven 2002]] (necessitating a Hell in a Cell rematch) while Taker did not appreciate Brock's attitude. Even today, it's It still going went on years later, as evidenced by the two having a brief stare-down after a UFC bout. Many bout of Lesnar, and many interviews today show Brock that showed that Lesnar either does did not fully respect Taker or just skewers skewered his perspective on how his animosity with Taker is.was. [[spoiler: Given how reports indicate that Undertaker had pegged Brock as the one to break his streak in ''2010'', before Brock had even returned to the WWE, and Brock had gone to the hospital with Undertaker (who suffered a concussion in their match), it seems they had given up any animosity towards each other.]]
* TheArtifact: Born way back in 1990, the Undertaker gimmick is the last and greatest surviving example of the WWF "cartoon" era of silly, high-concept characters. How many other stars on the WWE roster could or did share the ring with Wrestling/DoinkTheClown without looking out of place? This isn't to say that Undertaker didn't change with the times during his career, even dropping his kayfabe entirely during his American Badass years.
**
years. Having built up enough credibility to go fully back into the Deadman gimmick, he is still pulling it off in an era that has all but phased out "cartoon"-ish characters.
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characters. It helps that the Deadman gimmick is '''A.''' one of the most well loved of the cartoony gimmicks, and '''B.''' pretty badass.
*** There
badass, and '''C.''' there are very good cultural reasons that this gimmick was so successful, and anthropologists would probably tell you that, if done right, the Undertaker gimmick was more or less destined to succeed. While "garbage man" and "evil baseball player" and "plumber" gimmicks are eyeroll-worthy, 'Taker's gimmick touches on something that ''everybody'' in the audience has thought of: namely, death. It's not going too far to suggest that the same psychological reactions that have made the Undertaker's career have also founded ''religions''.
*** Styling
''religions''. Related to the latter, styling oneself as a dark emissary of vengeance and/or death as a means of psychological warfare on one's enemies while taking part in a combat trade or craft has also been the foundation of America's most iconic antihero ever: ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. Now, Taker carries more of a grim reaper atmosphere to himself, so he's not exactly an {{Expy}} (face) or a ShadowArchetype (heel) of the Dark Knight, but the general recipe of an "ominous avenger" has been proven to work in the right hands.
29th May '17 12:51:41 PM infernape612
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** Mostly averted in WM 28.[[spoiler: He was able to leave on his own after failing to get up several times and then helped up by Shawn Michaels (who was the Special Guest Referee), and then helped to carry Triple H out with Michaels.]]

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** Mostly averted in WM 28.[[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He was able to leave on his own after failing to get up several times and then helped up by Shawn Michaels (who was the Special Guest Referee), and then helped to carry Triple H out with Michaels.]]
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