January 24, 1983-Birth of Hulkamania
March 31, 1985-the first Wrestlemania
March 29, 1998-The Austin Era began
November 22, 1990 is another one of those historic dates.
At the fourth annual Survivor Series pay per view, the “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase had a mystery partner. Out walked a six foot ten inch, three hundred pound man dressed in black with an evil look in his eyes and a funeral march type entrance music. No one would’ve guessed that 25 years later that same man would still make that eerie walk to the squared circle and still give goosebumps and fear to not only his opponents and fans of the WWE. Tonight marks the 25th anniversary of the Undertaker’s debut in the WWE.
For the last quarter century, the Undertaker has been the cornerstone of the top wrestling and sports entertainment organization on the planet Earth. Hundreds of professional wrestlers have come and gone but the “Deadman” has stayed, showing his loyalty to the boss, Vince McMahon even when others jumped ship to the now defunct World Championship Wrestling to make the guaranteed money. His memorable feuds with Yokozuna, Kane, Shawn Michaels and Triple H are some of the greatest rivalries in the history of WWE. He was involved in the very first Casket match, the very first Buried Alive match, and the match he made famous with Shawn Michaels and Mick Foley, the Hell in A Cell match.
Of course Undertaker’s name always come to mind with the biggest event in the WWE: Wrestlemania. From his debut at Wrestlemania 7 when he locked up with “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka to his latest encounter with Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania 31, the Undertaker always made his matches at the biggest show of the year memorable especially when he had “The Streak” going until it shockingly ended at 21-0 to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 30 last year. Whether it was riding in on a chariot with a vulture behind his back to “hanging” a man from the Hell in a Cell to standing on stage with two of the greatest wrestlers and his closest friends to mark the “End of an Era”, he always left a lasting image or memory at Wrestlemania. Now some question whether or not “The Streak” should’ve ended at 21-0 but for him to be in the business as how long as he’s been, he wanted it to end and I think he was allowed to end it on his terms.
When I first started watching wrestling at the age of six back in 1999, he was the first memorable character that hooked me to professional wrestling. His entrance with the lights going out and the gong ringing out and how he rolled his eyes up into his head, to his in ring ability being so tall that he was able to do the high flying moves, to how committed he was to his character whether he was the “Deadman” to the “Lord of Darkness” to the “American Bad Ass” then back to the “Deadman” character and how he was able to keep it fresh throughout the twenty five years has been amazing to watch. Some like to say Hulk Hogan or Stone Cold Steve Austin is the greatest WWE superstar of all time, I can and would argue that the Undertaker is the greatest of all time due to his character, his work in the ring, and his dedication and loyalty to the company that made him the greatest.