History YMMV / TheUndertaker

15th Apr '18 4:36:50 AM CelPrevXXVI
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* CreepyAwesome

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* CreepyAwesomeCreepyAwesome: A CreepyMortician-turned-Dark Overlord gimmick given to a man with a properly imposing physique, impressive wrestling skills to match, and dedication to the said gimmick resulting to constant pop from the fans of all ages, is guaranteed to be this.
13th Apr '18 6:01:17 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** [[spoiler:His 2018 return to [[SquashMatch squash]] Wrestling/JohnCena at ''[=WrestleMania=] 34'' and apparently resume working part-time again (with him being booked to wrestle a Casket Match against Wrestling/ChrisJericho at the Greatest Royal Rumble event less than a month later). Some think it's great to have him back, some think it ''would'' have been great if the squash of Cena had served as a new "final" match to replace the unsatisfying one he had with Wrestling/RomanReigns the year before but don't want him to just resume his career again, some think the idea of him coming back was good but the match was disappointing and further proof that Taker just doesn't have what it takes any more, and some think he shouldn't have come back at all after the dramatic sendoff at the end of ''[=WrestleMania 33=].'']]
12th Apr '18 2:10:01 PM AlexTheSoutherner
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: On paper, the Undertaker gimmick should have been a giant flop. A 7 foot tall wrestling zombie with magical powers. How could it ever work when the WWF was still using Hulk Hogan as its backbone to market a family-centered product? How could the WWF go from Hogan talking about vitamins and prayers and then show Undertaker's speeches about coffins and body bags? [[{{Understatement}} And yet it worked.]]

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: On paper, the Undertaker gimmick should have been a giant flop. A An evil 7 foot tall wrestling zombie with magical powers. How could it ever work when the WWF was still using Hulk Hogan as its backbone to market a family-centered product? How could the WWF go from Hogan talking about vitamins and prayers and then show Undertaker's speeches about coffins and body bags? [[{{Understatement}} And yet it worked.]]
12th Apr '18 2:09:04 PM AlexTheSoutherner
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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: On paper, the Undertaker gimmick should have been a giant flop. A satanic 7 foot tall wrestling zombie. How could it ever work when the WWF was still using Hulk Hogan as its backbone to market a family-centered product? How could the WWF go from Hogan talking about vitamins and prayers and then show Undertaker's speeches about coffins and body bags? [[{{Understatement}} And yet it worked.]]

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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: On paper, the Undertaker gimmick should have been a giant flop. A satanic 7 foot tall wrestling zombie.zombie with magical powers. How could it ever work when the WWF was still using Hulk Hogan as its backbone to market a family-centered product? How could the WWF go from Hogan talking about vitamins and prayers and then show Undertaker's speeches about coffins and body bags? [[{{Understatement}} And yet it worked.]]
11th Apr '18 12:57:52 AM CelPrevXXVI
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*** [[spoiler: In addition, after the end of the match, The Undertaker took some time to walk around the arena, and placed his gloves, coat, and hat in the center of the ring. He truly is gone.]]

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*** [[spoiler: In addition, after the end of the match, The Undertaker took some time to walk around the arena, and placed his gloves, coat, and hat in the center of the ring. He truly is gone.was gone... [[SubvertedTrope At least until]] Wrestling/JohnCena called him out the year after.]]
9th Apr '18 3:51:17 AM CelPrevXXVI
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* VindicatedByHistory: To see him give out one more match at ''[=WrestleMania 34=]'' (and by that meaning ''[[CurbStompBattle curb stomping]] [[Wrestling/JohnCena John friggin' Cena]]'') kinda did well in erasing the loss he took from Wrestling/RomanReigns in the previous ''[=WrestleMania=]''.
5th Apr '18 8:59:54 PM nombretomado
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** Not him, so much, but "The Streak." The IWC was pretty split between those that enjoyed the streak and want Undertaker to retire undefeated (at Wrestlemania, of course) and then those that had grown tired of The Streak because it's taking away the spotlight from younger superstars. And then, just in that second group, one's liable to get just as many opinions as people as to ''who'' should have that auspicious privilege. With Wrestling/ShawnMichaels having ridden off into retirement, it only got worse. And now that Wrestling/BrockLesnar is the one to have broken Taker's streak, the IWC is even further fractured.

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** Not him, so much, but "The Streak." The IWC was pretty split between those that enjoyed the streak and want Undertaker to retire undefeated (at Wrestlemania, [=WrestleMania=], of course) and then those that had grown tired of The Streak because it's taking away the spotlight from younger superstars. And then, just in that second group, one's liable to get just as many opinions as people as to ''who'' should have that auspicious privilege. With Wrestling/ShawnMichaels having ridden off into retirement, it only got worse. And now that Wrestling/BrockLesnar is the one to have broken Taker's streak, the IWC is even further fractured.



* HolyShitQuotient[=/=]IHaveTheHighGround: Just ''try'' to keep your jaw off the ground when he suicide-planchas over the top rope. Keep in mind this is a 6-foot-10, 300-pound man running full speed toward the ropes, and ''diving over them headfirst''. He pulls one out every WrestleMania.

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* HolyShitQuotient[=/=]IHaveTheHighGround: Just ''try'' to keep your jaw off the ground when he suicide-planchas over the top rope. Keep in mind this is a 6-foot-10, 300-pound man running full speed toward the ropes, and ''diving over them headfirst''. He pulls one out every WrestleMania.[=WrestleMania=].



** The crowd reactions say it all every time that gong goes off. The entire arena practically ''explodes''. Few sounds in WWE today will get that kind of a reaction. Fewer still can say they've been getting it ''for twenty-two years straight''. Taker started getting cheered by the fans in 1992, and even when he formed the Ministry in 1998, he was ''still'' getting cheered because the fans loved him as a face or a heel. And when the gong went off again in 2004 at Wrestlemania XX after nearly six years away? Forget it. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The Garden let loose with a response we haven't heard for him since]], though that's not for lack of trying.

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** The crowd reactions say it all every time that gong goes off. The entire arena practically ''explodes''. Few sounds in WWE today will get that kind of a reaction. Fewer still can say they've been getting it ''for twenty-two years straight''. Taker started getting cheered by the fans in 1992, and even when he formed the Ministry in 1998, he was ''still'' getting cheered because the fans loved him as a face or a heel. And when the gong went off again in 2004 at Wrestlemania [=WrestleMania=] XX after nearly six years away? Forget it. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The Garden let loose with a response we haven't heard for him since]], though that's not for lack of trying.



** Not too often, given that you can only expect so much out of Wrestling/{{WWE}} effects-wise anyway. However, one glaring example was at a recent WrestleMania when they tried to make it look like Undertaker was 'levitating' to the ring. A camera angle from above revealed he was standing on a moving board, the fog in his entrance wasn't thick enough to hide it.

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** Not too often, given that you can only expect so much out of Wrestling/{{WWE}} effects-wise anyway. However, one glaring example was at a recent WrestleMania [=WrestleMania=] when they tried to make it look like Undertaker was 'levitating' to the ring. A camera angle from above revealed he was standing on a moving board, the fog in his entrance wasn't thick enough to hide it.
20th Mar '18 2:22:41 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* AntiClimax: How The Streak ended. In WWE's defense however, considering the legacy of The Streak[[note]][[Wrestling/JimmySnuka Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka]], [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]], Giant Gonzalez, Wrestling/KingKongBundy, Wrestling/KevinNash, Wrestling/PsychoSid, Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Wrestling/BigBossman, Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/ATrain & Wrestling/TheBigShow, Kane again, Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/MarkHenry, Wrestling/{{Batista}}, Wrestling/{{Edge}}, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels (twice), Triple H (again, and ''twice'') and Wrestling/CMPunk.[[/note]] almost any way of ending it would probably result in an AntiClimax. Though the fact that the match in which it ended wasn't all that good, ''especially'' in comparison to the matches that occurred before it in the last five years, certainly did not help.

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* AntiClimax: How The Streak ended. In WWE's defense however, considering the legacy of The Streak[[note]][[Wrestling/JimmySnuka Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka]], [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]], Giant Gonzalez, Wrestling/KingKongBundy, Wrestling/KevinNash, Wrestling/PsychoSid, [[Wrestling/SidEudy Psycho Sid]], Wrestling/{{Kane}}, Wrestling/BigBossman, Wrestling/TripleH, Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/ATrain & Wrestling/TheBigShow, Kane again, Wrestling/RandyOrton, Wrestling/MarkHenry, Wrestling/{{Batista}}, Wrestling/{{Edge}}, Wrestling/ShawnMichaels (twice), Triple H (again, and ''twice'') and Wrestling/CMPunk.[[/note]] almost any way of ending it would probably result in an AntiClimax. Though the fact that the match in which it ended wasn't all that good, ''especially'' in comparison to the matches that occurred before it in the last five years, certainly did not help.
11th Jan '18 5:30:51 AM BlackTemplar
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* HarsherInHindsight: A lot of fans hate the Bikertaker gimmick in hindsight. However they forget that it came at a time when his gimmick was stale and his character had no options left. Undertaker was sick of the Deadman gimmick, feeling it had run its course, even telling longtime friends, "It sucks, but I'm stuck with it for now". Undertaker was even considering retiring, he was so fed up with the character at that time. Undertaker wanted to do a more "reality" based gimmick like the ones he'd seen used during the Monday Night Wars. (Wrestling/KevinNash has said that he tried to lure Undertaker to WCW with the idea that Taker would wrestle as Mark Callaway and use a biker gimmick, though the veracity of this claim [[UnreliableNarrator has been disputed]]. The Bikertaker gimmick got over initially and was popular. It also led to some of the more memorable feuds of Taker's career. More importantly, it helped rejuvenate the man himself, and reignite his passion for wrestling, and later embrace the Deadman character when he revived it.

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* HarsherInHindsight: A lot of fans hate the Bikertaker gimmick in hindsight. However they forget that it came at a time when his gimmick was stale and his character had no options left. Undertaker was sick of the Deadman gimmick, feeling it had run its course, even telling longtime friends, "It sucks, but I'm stuck with it for now". Undertaker was even considering retiring, he was so fed up with the character at that time. Undertaker wanted to do a more "reality" based gimmick like the ones he'd seen used during the Monday Night Wars. (Wrestling/KevinNash has said that he tried to lure Undertaker to WCW with the idea that Taker would wrestle as Mark Callaway and use a biker gimmick, though the veracity of this claim [[UnreliableNarrator has been disputed]]. ) The Bikertaker gimmick got over initially and was popular. It also led to some of the more memorable feuds of Taker's career. More importantly, it helped rejuvenate the man himself, and reignite his passion for wrestling, and later embrace the Deadman character when he revived it.
11th Jan '18 5:29:42 AM BlackTemplar
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* HarsherInHindsight: A lot of fans hate the Bikertaker gimmick in hindsight. However they forget that it came at a time when his gimmick was stale and his character had no options left. Undertaker was sick of the Deadman gimmick, feeling it had run its course, even telling longtime friends, "It sucks, but I'm stuck with it for now". Undertaker was even considering retiring, he was so fed up with the character at that time. Undertaker wanted to do a more "reality" based gimmick like the ones he'd seen used during the Monday Night Wars. (Wrestling/KevinNash has said that he tried to lure Undertaker to WCW with the idea that Taker would wrestle as Mark Callaway and use a biker gimmick, though the veracity of this claim [[UnreliableNarrator has been disputed]]. The Bikertaker gimmick got over initially and was popular. It also led to some of the more memorable feuds of Taker's career. More importantly, it helped rejuvenate the man himself, and reignite his passion for wrestling, and later embrace the Deadman character when he revived it.
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