Mark ‘The Undertaker‘ Calaway has given his honest opinion of the creation of his iconic character and how, in his belief, Vince McMahon had plans for the character years before he was cast.
November 22, 1990, is a historic date in professional wrestling history. On Survivor Series night, ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase stood in the middle of the ring and announced his mystery partner from Death Valley. Accompanied by Brother Love, The Undertaker stepped onto a main stage and the rest as they say, is history.
Thirty years later, the character has become one of the most beloved and celebrated in the history of the industry, but the man under the Stetson believes that the role wasn’t necessarily created especially for him and that Vince McMahon had ideas for the role for several years prior to his hiring.
Joining The Joe Rogan Experience, ‘The Deadman’ spoke about his debut, his fear that he would end up being The Gobbledy Gooker and how Vince never found the right guy for the part until he came along:
“That’s how he introduced the character to me. He called me up, and I had no clue what it was. It wasn’t singing in the shower guy, it wasn’t egg man. He flew me up to Connecticut the next day, showed me the story boards and the original character is based on an old Western Undertaker.
Yanno, the two guys in main street have a shootout, one guy loses, The Undertaker comes out, measures them, does the box. That was the original likeness and the name The Undertaker. He just never found the guy, he had it for years I guess.”
On November 22, 2020, exactly thirty years to the day after he first stepped out under the black jacket, The Undertaker retired from professional wrestling by taking the knee to salute to a hologram of his late manager, Paul Bearer, before stating that it was time to allow The Undertaker to rest in peace.
Credit for the interview: The Joe Rogan Experience
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.