|Estimated value:||€15.2 million|
|Country of origin:||United States of America|
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Undertaker’s real name is Mark William Calaway. He is best known for his decades-long role as the wrestler named Undertaker in World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE). He is one of the most famous wrestlers of all time and has won WWE’s most important title seven times in his career.
Mark Calaway was born on March 24, 1965 in Houston Texas as one of five sons. During his high school and college years, he intended to be a professional basketball player. He received a basketball scholarship and studied sports management. However, he broke off his studies and in 1984 he was hired as a wrestler by the promotion World Class Championship Wrestling. Between 1988 and 1990 he worked in a series of smaller wrestling promotions before finally joining what was then WWF (now WWE).
His famous Undertaker gimmick was first introduced to the general public at Survivor Series 1990. He was soon joined by a sidekick in the form of alleged undertaker Paul Bearer. The Undertaker played the role of the taciturn and unstoppable wrestler while Paul Bearer acted as his mouthpiece and heated up the audience.
At Survivor Series 1991, Undertaker finally managed to win the WWF Championship from Hulk Hogan for the first time. From that point on he developed into one of the biggest darlings of the public. So far he has mostly played a dark antagonist, but his role has been reworked into a grim baby face. In this form, he fought various feuds in the ring with the biggest wrestlers in the WWF.
While Undertaker was mostly portrayed as a supernatural figure with special powers during his early years, he began to be portrayed in a more human way in the second half of the ’90s. Mark Calaway often took over the microphone himself. Beginning in 1997, he engaged in a long-running feud against newly introduced wrestler Kane, who was introduced as Undertaker’s brother. The Undertaker was regularly involved in spectacular fights in which he was locked in a coffin and “burned” among other things. However, he always managed to come back and win the decisive duels.
Over time, the Undertaker’s gimmick changed. Towards the end of the 90s, the character was given supernatural powers again as part of the Attitude era and he led the so-called Ministry of Darkness, his own dark following. Beginning in 2000, Calaway’s role was adapted into that of a patriotic biker, the American Badass.
In 2004, Calaway returned to the ring as Undertaker after an injury layoff. In the years that followed, he was involved in many prestigious fights and programs within WWE. In addition to his gimmick and his title victories, he caused a stir with the so-called “Streak”. He has won his match against a variety of opponents at 21 consecutive WrestleManias, WWE’s biggest annual show. This one off streak was eventually ended by Brock Lesnar on February 24, 2014 at WrestleMania XXX.
Throughout his career, Mark Calaway suffered a series of protracted injuries. In the last years of his career, the physical signs of use became increasingly noticeable. The Undertaker stopped making regular appearances. His few fights a year were considered a rare attraction. On April 2, 2017, he played his last match at WrestleMania 33. As of 2018, however, he was again seen in isolated fights and still is to this day.
As Undertaker, Mark Calaway achieved a number of great successes. In wrestling, success in the ring is tied to the wrestler’s popularity with fans. The Undertaker is one of the most iconic and popular wrestlers of all time, and his name is familiar to many who are otherwise unfamiliar with wrestling. In accordance with his importance for the WWE, his annual salary is the equivalent of a stately 2.3 million euros.
In total, Undertaker won WWE’s most important title seven times. In 1991, 1997, 1999 and 2002 this was the WWE Championship. He later captured the 2009 World Heavyweight Championship in 2007, 2008. He also won the World Tag Team Championship with his partner Kane in 2001. His streak of 21 wins at WrestleMania is unmatched.
Additionally, Mark Calaway has appeared in two films and two episodes of different television series.
“It’s time to see if your body can cash the checks your mouth has written.”
“You’re going to pay me a lot of money to kick your ass.” (to Vince McMahon, owner of WWE)
tips for success
Mark Calaway has advised aspiring wrestlers not to just focus on the physical aspect of the sport. It is even more important to trigger strong emotions in the audience. It doesn’t matter if people would love you or hate you as long as the wrestler can evoke a reaction. The worst thing isn’t when people hate you, it’s when they don’t care about you.
|Estimated value:||€15.2 million|