Following the news that The Undertaker will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Superstars past and present have paid tribute to the legend.
It has been announced that The Undertaker will be the first inductee in to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
The iconic Superstar made his debut at Survivor Series in 1990 and over the next three decades became one of the most enduring and beloved Superstar’s in WWE history. From his legendary 21 match unbeaten streak at WrestleMania to the constant evolution of his persona, The Undertaker stands as arguably the greatest character of all-time.
Following the announcement, tributes have come pouring in from WWE stars both past and present.
Triple H described The Undertaker as the “measuring stick for our industry” while Drew McIntyre said there can be no Hall of Fame without the legendary star.
Undertaker’s long-time rival Shawn Michaels said he considers the former World Champion “one of the best,” and Kane set his congratulations, commenting that one one deserves it more.
Current WWE Superstars, Austin Theory, Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H. have also posted tributes.
The 2022 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony is set to take place on Friday, April 1st.
Absolutely no one has had as big an effect over as long of a career as @Undertaker. He is the measuring stick of this industry, in and out of the ring, and now takes his well-deserved place in the #WWEHOF! https://t.co/cyRwg68kqK
— Triple H (@TripleH) February 18, 2022
— Drew McIntyre (@DMcIntyreWWE) February 18, 2022
I’ve had the pleasure (and often times pain) of being in the ring with @Undertaker throughout both of our careers. I count him among the absolute best and someone I consider a close friend. Congratulations and welcome to the #WWEHOF club!!! https://t.co/rT8NGyifU7
— Shawn Michaels (@ShawnMichaels) February 18, 2022
Congratulations to @undertaker on his induction into the #wwehof! No one, and I mean NO ONE, deserves it more. The Undertaker is truly iconic and transcends @WWE. The man behind the character is just as impressive! I am absolutely thrilled! CONGRATULATIONS!!
— Kane (@KaneWWE) February 18, 2022
— RheaRipley_WWE (@RheaRipley_WWE) February 18, 2022
There will NEVER be anyone who had a run like Taker – both in and out of the ring. 30+ years on top, multiple eras, led by example, and made everyone around him better!
The true MOST VALUABLE PLAYER of all time!
— Jeff Jarrett (@RealJeffJarrett) February 18, 2022
The Undertaker hasn’t wrestled since defeating AJ Styles in a Boneyard Match at WrestleMania 36. At Survivor Series in 2020 the legendary Superstar had what was promoted as his ‘Final Farewell’ where he appeared to call him on his in-ring career.
The Undertaker began his wrestling career back in 1987. He first appeared in World Class Championship Wrestling before heading to the CWA and USWA, eventually landing in WCW, where he wrestled as “Mean” Mark Callous.
The star initially appeared as part of the Skyscrapers tag team before branching out on his own. However, after becoming disillusioned with the promotion he made the move to the WWF in late 1990. His debut at Survivor Series of that year, later becoming known as one of the great debut appearances of all-time.
Over the next 30 years his character steadily evolved as he feuded with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and Mick Foley. While the arrival of his ‘brother’ Kane in 1997 breathed fresh life into the character, beginning one of the most fondly remembered stories and rivalries in WWE history.