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How many times did The Undertaker ‘die’ in WWE history?

Published at :May 8, 2024 at 8:00 PM
Modified at :May 8, 2024 at 8:00 PM
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“The Deadman” has given fans a number of unforgettable moments including that of his death and revival.

The Undertaker is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, who has been the icon of the industry. “The Phenom” had a long wrestling career of more than three decades (33 years) and has been one of the top guys on the main card throughout his journey with WWE.

Taker is widely known for his undead gimmick, for which he is called The Deadman. So how many times did the Undertaker die in WWE? Here we take a look at how many times Undertaker has died in WWE.

How many times has The Undertaker died in WWE?

The Undertaker has died (kayfabe) a total of six times in WWE, however he came back after a brief to long hiatus for the revenge, walking dead.

First Death- 1994

Taker’s first death stint happened at the 1994 Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Undertaker faced Yokozuna for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in a Casket match, where the first one to throw his opponent into the casket and close the lid wins the match.

Yokozuna with the help of Crush, The Great Kabuki, Genichiro Tenryu, Bam Bam Bigelow, Adam Bomb, Jeff Jarrett, Samu, Fatu, and Diesel, put Taker into the casket and pushed it to the aisle. The Casket began to emit smoke and The Undertaker appeared on the big screen that he will rise from the dead, before the casket exploded. After the explosion, Taker appeared on the ceiling of the arena and wasn’t seen until he came after seven months’ time at SummerSlam 1994.

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Second Death- 1996

At the 1996 In Your House 11: Buried Alive PPV, Taker faced Mankind in a Buried Alive match, where Mankind with the help of Goldust, Triple H, Crush, Bradshaw, Hunter Hearst Helmsley & The Executioner buried Undertaker alive in the Grave. However Thunder strikes the Grave and Taker pops his hand out, hinting that he is not dead yet. Taker later soon returned at Survivor Series 1996 to defeat Mankind.

Third Death- 1998

At the 1998 Royal Rumble, Taker faced Shawn Michaels in a Casket match for the WWF Championship, where Kane interfered and turned on Undertaker and chokeslammed him into the casket, helping Michaels win.

After the match, Kane & Paul Bearer took the Casket to the entrance ramp, drilled holes in the casket with the Axe and burnt it with the Gasoline to burn him alive. Taker however returned after two months on Raw and had his revenge against Kane at WrestleMania 14.

Also Read: Why is WWE legend The Undertaker called ‘The Deadman’?

Fourth Death- 2003

At Survivor Series 2003, Undertaker faced Vince McMahon in a Buried Alive match, where Kane interfered and buried Undertaker dumping all the dirt into the grave, as McMahon operated the front loader. Taker however returned at WrestleMania 20 with the Deadman gimmick and got his revenge.

Fifth Death- 2005

At the 2005 No Mercy, Undertaker faced Randy Orton & Bob Orton in a Casket match, where The Ortons defeated Taker and burned the casket with gasoline, just like how Kane did in 1998. Taker then returned at Survivor Series 2005 from the burned casket to confront Orton, who was the sole survivor for the SmackDown roster.

Sixth Death- 2010

At the 2010 Bragging Rights, The Undertaker faced Kane in a Buried Alive Match, where Kane buried Taker in the Grave with the help of Nexus & Paul Bearer. However, Taker made his return during the road to WrestleMania 27 after Triple H called him out, seeking revenge for ending Shawn Michaels Career.

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