The Undertaker is the genesis of perfection.
Just the sole word has a different connotation than any other when regarding professional sports. Teams strive for perfection as well as players. The Undertaker has captured the essence of perfection and made it the true existence of his character.
Undertaker is the first to be perfect in any event, pay-per-view or night. Goldberg eventually lost, Ryback fell to CM Punk, Big Show had his perfect record lost and the best of all-time, Shawn Michaels, lost numerous times. WrestleMania is perfect for the Deadman.
WrestleMania and Undertaker bound themselves together since 1991, when he defeated Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka to become 1-0 at the Showcase of the Immortals.
Throughout the years, 'Taker has been in more memorable matches, it's hard to not call him Mr. WrestleMania.
What exactly factors into creating a great wrestling match, in which Undertaker has competed in more so at Mania in the past 10 years than anyone in professional wrestling.
2. Exemplary ring work
3. Match commentary
4. Crowd support
5. The ability to tell a story
6. Emotion and passion.
7. Putting your heart into each move.
Each contributes to an amazing wrestling match. Each personifies the Undertaker.
CM Punk, Undertaker's opponent tomorrow, spoke out on wrestling 'Taker, but not being in the main event. Punk tells people that he wants to steal the show, but his colleagues claim:
“But you’re in one of the main events, you’re wrestling The Undertaker," said CM Punk
That isn't said just about anybody. The Phenom isn't only a staple of World Wrestling Entertainment, but he is a staple for the industry's biggest event of all-time. Without the Undertaker, WrestleMania wouldn't be the same. WrestleMania would be just another pay-per-view with the Rock and John Cena claiming to wrestle Once in a Lifetime.
A man with all the respect and legendary tales more than anyone in World Wrestling Entertainment, he has made WrestleMania his playground and true legacy.
An astounding 20-0 after more than 20 years of action. It is a streak that will never be broken, and for good reason. There has come a time when it was close to ending. Randy Orton almost defeated him, and so did HHH three times and HBK prior to that.
Everybody dreams of wrestling the Undertaker. Instead of believing the World Wrestling Entertainment Championship remaining the best prize in the company; ruining the Undertaker's streak has become the most coveted prize in sports entertainment.
If I can't beat the Undertaker.... I have no career," said Shawn Michaels
Blood, sweat and tears are shed each year on the night, in which boys are revolutionized into men, wrestlers become legends and moments are engraved in the minds of men, women and children everywhere.
The age-old moniker rings true when we say that WrestleMania is the grandest stage of them all. This is the place that each and every person that aspires to be a professional wrestler wants to reach.
Think of it like the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup, the NBA Finals, the World Series and the National Tournament in March Madness and the grand finale. In my opinion, WrestleMania surpasses all of them with unpredictability and memorable moments.
Capturing the essence of the Undertaker can be summed up in a few points. A legacy such as his will live on forever, much like Bruno Sammartino or Stone Cold Steven Austin; there will never be a replication.
His Legendary Presence
I was at a Raw event two weeks ago and I witnessed the Undertaker's entrance. He is truly a spectacle of a man walking down a ramp. It was something that I will never forget. Chills raced down my spine with the fire a blaze on the stage with an ominous, hooded man walking towards the four-sided ring. Nothing is like it in professional wrestling.
Sometimes as a person, athlete and in this case, a professional wrestler, you are often starstruck over certain role models and idolized beings. For me personally, if I saw Edge in any capacity, my breath would be taken away. As for the Undertaker, he has that presence that cannot be imitated.
The sole thought as a writer to even be in the same ring as a guy like the Phenom is purely deafening. Most, if not all, of Undertaker's opponents are currently in the Hall of Fame or will be in the coming years.
Whether the match is for the World Heavyweight Title or just to keep his streak alive, Undertaker brings his A-game and like Shawn Michaels, it is hard to even remotely touch.
The gimmick speaks for itself. He is the true Phenom, because he has proved it every day he steps in that squared circle.
A Veteran In the Front and Back of WWE
Maybe one of the most respected men in any business, The Undertaker (Mark Callaway) has been with WWE since 1991. Since that time, he has been nothing but a man to admire and hope to be when you grow up.
Never, has he gotten himself into trouble backstage with circumstances involving alcohol, drugs or steroids, which in pro wrestling, is hard to stay away from. A key factor in the whole Undertaker discussion is Vince McMahon.
Rarely does McMahon attach himself to anyone that deserves the success and accolades such as the Phenom. One day, McMahon dubbed him as Phenomenal, and the rest is history. 'Taker's history is not over, however. There is still more left in that tank.
Wrestlers have gone on the record and say that they would rather see Undertaker there than not. For those who have been athletes in any capacity, the locker room is where friendships are made, bonds are broken or sealed forever and respect is earned.
Young guys usually attach themselves to the older, grizzled vets. I'll go on record as saying through various reports and quotes that not one negative comment has been made towards the Deadman. It is always positive and that is another reason why his presence is felt throughout professional wrestling.
Without Undertaker, the WWE would be different.
There wouldn't be fans of professional wrestling without him. Our own staff contributor Chinmay is the biggest fan of the Undertaker.
@iTsChinmay: @Wade4COO @Kingofbuzzers I hope they do that. It's very sad. Along with Taker, he is my first memory of WWE as a child.
The boyhood dreams of many young children would not be complete, unless an idol such as the Undertaker would not have chosen the path he did over 20 years ago. It turns into an extremely fascinating domino effect.
- Kane would not have been introduced in the format at which he did.
- Randy Orton, Mark Henry and Edge would not have solidified themselves as legends.
- Shawn Michaels may still be a hall of famer, but the fact he had those immaculate matches with Taker, only solidified himself as the best of all-time.
- The only streak WWE might have is the consecutive years that Bruno Sammartino was champion. Even still then, the term "streak" wouldn't have the meaning it does to pro wrestling fans.
Many of us don't like to think what it would be like without certain pro wrestlers in our lives. Speaking from personal experience, the Undertaker has captured my attention and heart more times than most have. Edge will always be my favorite, but Taker has done something that nobody can say they did.
That is 20 years of success and perfection. I spoke briefly in the beginning of this piece about that sole word. It's hard to attach it to a person, because nobody in this world is flawless or complete.
In the state of professional wrestling, the Undertaker is flawless.
As soon as the Undertaker laces up his boots for the last time, a legacy will be flawless. A legacy will be complete.
Two Decades. One Phenom. Undefeated.