The Undertaker: From Texas Red To Worldwide Phenom

John Louie RamosSenior Writer IMay 1, 2009

370782 02: World Wrestling Federation's Wrestler Undertaker Poses June 12, 2000 In Los Angeles, Ca.  (Photo By Getty Images)

Six-time world champion, 17-0 Wrestlemania record, an array of gimmicks, millions of admiring fans and a lot of tired and exhausted opponents.

Mark William Callaway better known as the Undertaker has been special all along.

If there's a wrestler that can set people into believing that pro wrestling is real, it's no less than the Undertaker.

Likewise if there's a personage that can inflict fear and terror in the minds of kids at night, it's no less than the phenom himself. (Trust me.. I had nightmares featuring Undertaker when I was eight)

He lost his first wrestling match in 1984 but after 25 years.

He won the hearts of many.


"The Undertaker is the most consistent" - Celeste Winchester

Yes, consistency is the word. Since his debut the Undertaker had crafted scintillating performances against the likes of Jimmy Snuka, Jerry Lawler, Hulk Hogan, Mankind and Shawn Michaels to name a few.

For 25 years he continues to dazzle and amaze wrestling fans with breathtaking escapades, exhilarating stunts and masterful exhibitions.

The Undertaker is a force to reckoned with who honed and perfected his trade just like a bottle of wine that endures time and improves quality through the years.


"Undertaker is a rare blend of nostalgia and modern in-ring sleek" - Ray Bogusz

The Undertaker through his achievement had built wrestling history. 

The memoirs—classic, the matches—superb..

He was one of the pioneers of professional wrestling. Coffin match, anyone? How about a Buried alive match?


"His streak at Wrestlemania has become a Wrestlemania tradition in itself" - Jason Le Blanc

The Undertaker's Wrestlemania streak is beyond description.

The Wrestlemania tradition is not about 17-0, thus 17-0 is an understatement.

It's all about the perfect execution of finishing moves, brilliant display of technicalities and classy rendition against the best WWE has to offer.

To Jimmy Snuka, to Ric Flair, to Randy Orton, to Batista and most recently to Shawn Michaels. The streak is kept intact together with the tradition and history that immortalized the Dead man.

He first entered the squared ring 25 years ago as "Texas Red", 25 years later he still enters the ring.

Hence "Texas Red" no more, more like..

Well, a "Worldwide Phenom."