Over the course of his legendary three-decade WWE career, The Undertaker terrorised the roster with his intimidating persona and athleticism that seemed to defy his 6ft 10in frame. The Deadman’s gear was a key part of his presentation, ranging from the classic duster and hat at the beginning of his career to the more elaborate capes and leather he wore during his biggest entrances. But what happened to his attire once it disappears from our screens?
While most of the changes to The Undertaker’s attire came about due to the evolution of the character, there was one incident that led to him being forced to alter his style.
In 1995, The Phenom took on the mammoth Mabel. During the match, an errant punch from the bigger man shattered The Phenom’s orbital bone. This led to a several-week absence and a short-term – but fondly remembered – change in his look as he donned a Phantom of The Opera-style mask to protect the injured eye. Once his eye was healed enough, The Undertaker ditched the mask and it was never seen again, until now.
The Undertaker digs out his iconic mask
During an episode of the A&E show, WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures, The Undertaker uncovered the mask in an unlikely place, hidden away in a bag in the back of a storage unit packed with artefacts from his past.
During the show, he revealed that there was only ever one of the masks made before allowing WWE’s Field Collector, AJ Francis, to take it back to be stored in the company’s archive.
While digging through the unit, The Undertaker also found the purple entrance gear he wore from 1993-1996. He stopped wearing the gear after Paul Bearer turned on him at the 1996 SummerSlam to side with Mankind. After trying on the outfit, which still fit, Undertaker agreed that it should also be sent to the archives in Stamford, Connecticut.