Published on May 17th, 2015 | by Pro Wrestling Stories1
THE UNDERTAKER: Revealed!
Pull Back the Curtain on the Often Veiled, Highly Respected, Longest Tenured WWE Legend
Let’s take a look at a collection of recounts and pull back the curtain on the often veiled, highly respected, longest tenured WWE legend- the phenom himself, The Undertaker. Not only is the Undertaker the stuff of legend in WWE, he is behind the scenes as well, having played the role of resident locker room leader for many years and often the bridge between talent and Vince McMahon himself. Whenever you hear somebody speak of him, they speak in a tone of respect and adoration.
I hope you enjoy this collection! Feel free to add some of your favorite Undertaker stories to the comments below.
SGT SLAUGHTER on Discovering The Undertaker
“When I was working in the [WWF] office up in Connecticut, part of my job was to go through the boxes of letters and resumes. One of them happened to be a young kid by the name of Mark Calaway, who has short red hair and he was working down in WCW.
It was a tape and a little letter saying he’d be interested.
At the time, he was in a tag team. I remember on a Saturday I went to Vince McMahon’s office and I said I got this guy you should give a tryout to and Vince said he trusted me.
WWE brought him into Rochester, N.Y. I showed Mark where to go. I said, ‘You’ll be the first match on the show.’
Halfway through the match, I was on the headset and I hear Vince McMahon say, ‘Where did you find this guy? Send him to my office.’
Mark came out of the ring and asked me how he did, and I said Vince wanted to see him.
He thought he did something wrong…
We would have meetings after shows to talk about what happened and plan things out creatively. The topic turned to Mark and Vince said he had an idea for a character name and he brought up the name ‘Paul Bearer’.
The next day I went to Vince and I said I didn’t really care for that name for Mark in particular…I thought he looked different than that, and Vince said, ‘Like an Undertaker?’ and I said, ‘Yeah! Maybe we should do Paul Bearer as his manager…’”