The Undertaker: What Was His Best Gimmick?
For the best part of two decades, The Undertaker has been destroying and intimidating superstars in the WWE, or WWF as it was when he joined.
When he came to the ring during his on-camera debut at Survivor Series, it was clear a legend was born. The almost supernatural presence he held could be felt around the arena as he joined Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar Team.
Nineteen years on and the Undertaker is still going strong. He is considered among the greatest of all-time, and a strong case could be made for him to be considered the greatest of all-time.
Although he has been portrayed as "The Deadman" for the majority of his career, The Undertaker has had another gimmick during his legendary tenure in the WWE—that of the "American Bad Ass."
'Taker returned as this in 2000, and it was a far cry from the character WWE fans were familiar with. His feud with the McMahon/Helmsley family, however, ensured that fans came to love him.
He quickly became the bad-ass that the other bad-asses were afraid of.
Who could forget the team he and Kane formed to take on Triple H and Stone Cold? It was a rare occasion where four fantastic singles competitors were combined to make two formidable tag-teams that lasted more than one night.
There is no doubt that the "American Bad-Ass" gimmick, and later the "Big Evil" gimmick were good, but were they right for the Undertaker?
I'm not sure. On the one hand, it was a fantastic gimmick which threw up some good storylines. It also prevented the Deadman gimmick from getting stale.
However, it could also be argued that it took away from that Deadman gimmick. The current Undertaker is so successful because of the mind-games he plays on opponents, the supernatural element, and the apparent lack of human emotions he shows.
Yet in his other gimmicks, 'Taker showed that emotion. He was, effectively, just another wrestler, albeit a formidable one. It is almost like he is remembered as too different people.
And perhaps that is how it should have been done, with two different people as, although both gimmicks are great, they don't really fit together.
As for what was 'Taker's best gimmick...I'm going for the Deadman by a whisker.
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