Before They Were Famous


Before The Undertaker would have the longest undefeated streak in Wrestlemania history winning 23 times, defeating the likes of Kin Kong Bundy, Triple H, Edge & Shawn Michaels.

Before Mark Calloway would wed former WWF Diva Michelle McCool.

Before The Undertaker would become a six time world champion, four as the WWE Champion and twice as the World Heavyweight Champion.

Before The Undertaker would be beaten unconcious, set on fire and be buried alive and take his rage out on others like hanging The Big Boss Man from the top of the hell in a cell and would bury his long time manager Paul Bearer in concrete.

Before The Undertaker would be the wrestler with the most nicknames inluding The Lord of Darkness, Big Evil, The Deadman, The Demon of Death Valley and The American Bad Ass.

Standing at 6 ft 8 The Undertaker or Mark Calaway made great use of his size throughout his youth getting involved in an array of sports. Through highschool he played both football and basketball and ended up earning for himself a scholarship to play later while he studied sports management. His end goal was to play basketball in Europe untill a knee injury crushed that dream. From there he was working as a bouncer and collecting debts for loan sharks.

Before joining the WWF, the Undertaker wrestled in WCW under the name Mean Mark Callous. In 1990 he made is entrance into the WWE trying on a bunch of different named including Texas Red, The Commando, Master of Pain, The Punisher and Punisher Dice Morgan. Finally Vince McMahon came up with the name Kane the Undertaker but the original concept wasn’t anything like what we know of the Undertaker today, intially it was a character inspired by the Old West.

The Undertaker was born as Mark William Calaway on March 24, 1965, in Houston, Texas, U.S. to Frank Compton Calaway and Betty Catherine Truby. He is the youngest of five brothers David, Michael, Paul, and Timothy.

Calaway attended Waltrip High School, where he was a member of the football and basketball teams. Other alumni from the school include Shelley Duvall and Patrick Swayze. He graduated in 1983 and began studying at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas on a basketball scholarship. In 1985, he enrolled in Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas, where he majored in sport management and played basketball for the Rams in the 1985–1986 season as a center. In 1986, Calaway dropped out of university to focus on a career in sports, and he briefly considered playing professional basketball in Europe until a knee injury ruin his dreams of shooting hoops, but he still had the size and needed to find some work so at the age of 19 Mark already began settling his eyes in a career as a wrestler. And started out with the World Class Championship Wrestling, he initially adopted the ring name Texas Red and thereafter adopt a series of several other names over the coming years.   

He borrowed 2,000 from his brother in order to attend Buzz Sawyer’s training school, but then Sawyer skip town with all the trainees money, Mark then learned his first major lesson in the world of wrestling, very few people could be trusted and everyone’s out to get ahead for themselves. He continue to train but in the meantime he needed to earn a living.

Mark relied on his size to keep money coming besides working as a bouncer he was also the enforcer for loan sharks, he stated in that Jimmy Kimmel interview that he didn’t break any arms or crush any heads. He just slapped a few guys around untill they paid up. His wresteling career was moving forward and so was his personal life. In 1989 he joined the World Championship Wrestling and married his first wife Jodi Lynn. Then in 1990 the WCW made the biggest mistake of their lives and didn’t renew Mark’s contract. It was then he turned to Vince McMahon in desperate need of work.

Vince McMahon had invisioned a new type of character, the old western stylized Undertaker with the long black coat and hat and Mark was allowed to make it his own. Several different looks were tried for Kane The Undertakers big debut.

By 1991 Vince McMahon and the WWF knew that they had a winning character on their hands and they doubled down their efforts and creativity to further promote the Undertaker. He was teamed up with a new manager Paul Bearer, and the Undertaker took home his first WrestleMania win catapolting him to the main event status. Moving forward they introduced caskets and the use of urns to drive fear into the hearts of his opponents. That same year at the Survivor Series he defeated Hulk Hogan and became the WWF Champion.

But don’t worry, there wasn’t any trued bad blood between the Hulk and the Deadman, because the two starred opposite of one another in the film Suburban Cammando.

Now I could go on and on and on about his career and that is something I plan on doing for you in a follow up video titled After They Were Famous.


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