Trivia / The Undertaker

  • Fan Nickname: Bikertaker for his American Badass period.
    • "Underfaker" for the Brian Lee Undertaker in the "Two Undertakers" storyline.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Creatures of the Night.
  • Dye Hard: He is a redhead and performed as one early in his career, but eventually dyed it black and kept it that way ever since. You could see his hair shift a bit back towards red during his BikerTaker days when he had short hair and didn't have to do the Deadman jet-black dye job.
    • And as redheads grey quicker and more evenly than other hair colors, seeing the Deadman with his signature black hair and OOC with greying red hair came as bit of a shock.
  • Fountain of Expies: Popularized the Light Flicker Teleport, the Chokeslam, the tombstone, the no sell situp and various supernatural monster gimmicks. Did not start most of them but definitely caused a trend. Also inspired the use of mixed matrial arts equipment, even for wrestlers who have no background in the sport or relating gimmick.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: In recent years, periods of time when Undertaker's not on TV are due to nagging injuries catching up with him. You can catch instances of this in the late '90s if you're watching for it, with many of his matches made short with an emphasis on grappling to avoid aggravating the injuries that eventually sent him off for the sabbatical before his big return and the reveal of the "American Badass" gimmick.
    • Also, the retool to BikerTaker was in part inspired by the fact that Mark Calaway is an avid biker in real life.
      • It would have been a last hurrah for Undertaker before retirement due to those injuries, but he perservered anyways.
    • The "Sara" tattoo on his neck was often edited out of promotional photos (and the videogames, since 2008) before he eventually had it removed, due to the separation from his wife, Sara, in 2007.
    • The Hell's Gate is a mixed-martial-arts grapple called the Gogoplata; 'Taker is a huge MMA fan.
    • The "vegetative state" storyline was a direct result of an injury suffered while wrestling Rey Mysterio Jr.. Undertaker had his orbital socket broken by one of Rey's knee braces.
      • Further, Kane's win in the Buried Alive match was due to Undertaker having an arm injury. And it was originally going to happen at Survivor Series.
  • Romance on the Set: Undertaker married Michelle McCool in 2010.
  • What Could Have Been: The Undertaker's original manager, back when he was "Kane the Undertaker" (get a load of that name)? Brother Love. Now just imagine how the character would have evolved if Brother Love had stayed his manager.
    • This led to one hell of a Brick Joke about a decade later.
    • The name "Kane the Undertaker" turned into an even more massive Brick Joke later on.
    • Mark Calaway originally wanted to be a pro-basketball player as well.
    • WCW had their chance with Mark, who wrestled there in the late 80's, but true to WCW style they fired him because they thought he'd never catch on.
    • Mark almost became The Gobbledy Gooker! Vince McMahon wanted Mark to debut by being hatched from the egg as "The Eggman", but was persuaded by Pat Patterson to take up the Undertaker persona he had created.
    • Several fans have remarked about what might have been had the Ultimate Warrior resolved his differences with Vince McMahon after the 1991 SummerSlam and continued his feuds with Undertaker and Jake Roberts. These hardcore fans wanted to see — after disposing of Roberts — a final, ultimate showdown pitting Warrior and a still-heel Undertaker at WrestleMania VIII, with Warrior gaining a decisive victory. Surely, Undertaker's push would have been squashed (as his credibility as an unbeatable, more-dire-than-usual force would have been destroyed) and certainly there would never have been anything close to resembling "The Streak," much less Calaway remaining with WWF/WWE all these years, and certainly not as the Undertaker.
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