30 Memories of The Undertaker
As it was the 30th anniversary of The Undertaker's debut in Survivor Series, staff shared their memories of their time. Over the past few days, at ProWrestlingPost.com, we've gathered to share their thoughts on The Undertaker. We present to you 30 Memories of the Undertaker. In fact, it's over 30. Our staff remembered it more […]

As it was the 30th anniversary of The Undertaker's debut in Survivor Series, staff shared their memories of their time. Over the past few days, at ProWrestlingPost.com, we've gathered to share their thoughts on The Undertaker. We present to you 30 Memories of the Undertaker. In fact, it's over 30. Our staff remembered it more and more. So here are our honorable mentions ...

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30 Memories of the Undertaker | Honorable mentions
The Undertaker's Mind Games with Randy Orton

Alex Podgorski: This is not a particular moment but a collection of moments during the Undertaker's feud with Randy Orton in 2005. Orton tried to convince everyone (including himself) that he was not afraid of the Undertaker. But pretend it's basically an open invitation for "Taker" to find creative ways to really mess your head up. Throughout 2005, the Undertaker showcased his “supernatural powers”.

From `` owning '' Josh Matthews, to having lightning strikes on various objects near Orton, to posing as a wax dummy, Undertaker has shown just how creative he can be at scaring his opponents. Of course, it was kitsch and beyond realism. But there was something fascinating about a wrestler with those kinds of supernatural powers. It was like a comic book or a sci-fi creature had entered the world of wrestling, and it was a wonder to see.

The Undertaker's entry to WrestleMania 20

The Undertaker's inputs (as a character in "Deadman") have always been a key part of his personality. The darkening of the arena, the eerie funeral chant, and the effects of smoke and pyro, it all came together in this magnum opus of an entry. And while her individual entries and themed musical compositions have changed over the decades, there is one that, to this day, stands out above the rest.

At WrestleMania XX, the character of Deadman returned to WWE after a four-year absence. The American Badass character, with the biker aesthetic, hard rock music and the more human aspects of the Undertaker, was gone. That night, the Old Undertaker returned. As the arena darkened, Paul Bearer's delightful histrionic voice echoed throughout the arena. When Bearer appeared, he was flanked by druids carrying torches who entered to the sound of ominous chants.

Then the gong went off. And 18,500 Madison Square Garden fans lost… their… minds. As the Undertaker slowly walked down the aisle as before, the entire arena chanted `` UN-DER-TA-KER '' in unison. There was something special about this entry. The response from fans made it clear how much people love this old character.

30 Memories of the Undertaker | Honorable mentions
The Undertaker Mark Henry Gravestones

The Undertaker's gadget was always focused on its supernatural durability. It always took a monumental display of strength and determination to beat him. And when that didn't work, he had to be beaten by crushing numbers. But despite its size, the Undertaker's gadget was never about displaying supernatural strength. This gadget was reserved for the likes of Goldberg, Brock Lesnar and John Cena. So when the Undertaker decided to show his own mad strength, it was a big shock.

Looking ahead to his aforementioned match with Kurt Angle, The Undertaker wanted to show Angle what he was capable of. Angle already had some knowledge of what "Taker could do, so" Taker decided to surprise Angle. After strangling a 400-plus-pound Mark Henry - which didn't really impress Angle that much - Undertaker made his throat cut gesture. As Mark Henry struggled to get up, everyone doubted the Undertaker would succeed. Especially Angle, who was laughing at what the Undertaker was trying to do.

Then Undertaker succeeded. With Michael Cole saying - AND I QUOTE - 'NO F *** ING WAY!' And the look on Angle's face that followed was priceless.

30 Memories of the Undertaker
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What changed my mind

Pete Moon: It's 2008. Pete Moon, 15, watches the rehearsal of previous nights The Daily Show every day after school. Documentary director Morgan Spurlock is a guest on the show. He is there to promote his new documentary "Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden". Jon Steward asks Morgan what surprised him the most about his travels in the Middle East. Spurlock says what surprised him the most were the televisions. Not only do many more people have access to television than they thought, a surprising number of people have watched professional wrestling. The greatest professional wrestler for them? The entrepreneur.

Hearing that The Undertaker was so popular in the Middle East blew me away. In my experience, it had always been so easy to dislike The Undertaker. That, along with his American patriotism, would surely have looked down on him there. If he's able to reach people on the other side of the world, he must be doing something right.

I immediately went to Youtube to start watching the games I had missed. Watching the matches start dating earlier and earlier, I realized that the man had been working with the same character, largely unchanged, for almost 20 years. I saw that, despite how he seemed from another world at times, his struggles somehow seemed relatable. If you could look past the magical hokey shenanigans, his matches were generally some of the strongest on the map. I also went to find out what the other wrestlers had to say about The Undertaker. The overwhelming praise as a locker room manager and really kind human being filled everything I needed to know about this man. From there, I made an effort to watch his Wrestlemania match every year.

30 Memories of the Undertaker | Honorable mentions
American badass

When I saw The Undertaker come back on TV as a biker, I felt it was a step back. WWF spent so much time building the myth of The Undertaker just for him to become a biker? It made very little sense to me at the time. To make matters worse, a kid in my school who I didn't get along with loved this incarnation of The Undertaker. I started to hate Biker Taker out of spite.

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Like many, I was excited when The Invasion debuted. The potential dream matches seemed to be reserving. As I waited for Sting's inevitable arrival to defeat this incarnation of The Undertaker, I couldn't help but feel the time had passed. But as the weeks went by, it seemed less and less that we were seeing Sting in WWF. Plus, Taker looked like he was moving into a team role with Kane. Coupled with his expanding waistline, I thought it signaled The Undertaker's end of his career. In his next big feud, I thought he would beat Ric Flair at Wrestlemania X8 and then retire. But that did not happen. Instead, he beat Ric Flair, then challenged and defeated Hulk hogan for the undisputed championship. It was another short-lived championship reign for Taker, which lasted just over two months before dropping him at The Rock.

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This draws to a close our 30 Memories of the Undertaker. We loved remembering our favorite memories. And we enjoyed sharing these memories with you even more. We hope you enjoyed this series. Keep your eyes peeled for our next limited series!


“Scream” vedette David Arquette has an extreme passion that almost cost him his life — professional wrestling.

Two years ago, Arquette faced off against ex-con Nick Gage in a deathmatch, the most hard style where the wrestlers swing chairs, baseball bats and the like.

With blood gushing from his neck, Arquette gets up and tries to pin Gage but can’t. He jumps out of the ring, holding his neck. Then, he climbs back in and smacks Gage with a folding peau. After a couple of minutes, though, Arquette is the one who gets pinned.

“It nearly cost me my life, ” Arquette told the Star of the match. “I was in way over my head. I was about half an inch from death…”

Arquette decided to go back into the ring after fellow pro wrestler Jack Perry, the son of late actor Luke Perry, assured him that he wasn’t bleeding to death. Perry is the one who took Arquette to the hospital.

Arquette told the Star : “I could hear Luke but I couldn’t see him, ” Arquette told the Star. “I said : ‘Luke is it pumping ? ’ because I was worried I was bleeding out and he said : ‘No it’s not pumping. ’ I knew at that point I wasn’t dying immediately, I could try to finish the match. ”

Arquette has had a lifelong love affair with wrestling, which is traced in a new documentary, “You Cannot Kill David Arquette. ” The film tells of how Arquette has spent the past two decades trying to earn back the respect of the wrestling world — after he won the 2000 World Championship Wrestling heavyweight title as a publicity stunt for his movie “Ready to Rumble. ”

In those years, the 49-year-old Arquette has battled heart problems and drug addiction. After the Gage match, Arquette’s wife, Christine, told him : “I just feel like you want to die, ” the actor recalled.

“I don’t want to die but life is painful, ” Arquette told the Star. “If you have addiction issues like I do there’s an element in the back of your head that the accro is literally trying to kill you. You have to find ways to deal with it so you don’t continue to kill yourself, either slowly or quickly. ”

For Arquette, wrestling helped him deal with the deaths of Luke Perry, a close friend who died of a stroke, and his transgender sister, Alexis, who died of a heart attack.

“Losing someone is really painful but a few things have happened to make me feel we are all much more connected, ” Arquette said. “For wrestling, you shave everything and at one point I was looking at my arms and it was like I was looking at Alexis’ arms, as being transgender she would shave them… For a second it was like I was looking through Alexis’ eyes… I think we’re a lot more connected than any of us know. ”

Through the film, Arquette has finally learned to accept himself. “I accomplished what I set out to do, ” Arquette told the Star. “I wanted to prove I could be a wrestler. And through this whole experience, I figured out – and it’s ironic – I need to stop beating myself up. I had to stop attacking myself and be kind to myself, as corny as it sounds.

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