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Why is WWE legend The Undertaker called ‘The Deadman’?

Published at :May 4, 2024 at 3:00 AM
Modified at :May 4, 2024 at 3:00 AM
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“The Phenom” is one of the greatest pro-wrestlers of all times

The Undertaker is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, who is an 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 of the card throughout the journey. The Phenom has done everything that a wrestler could ever dream off in his career.

He is one of the most popular wrestlers with a great fan base across the world, despite being a horrifying and dark character. His character although being more horrifying he is one of the fan favorite wrestlers in the company. Undertaker is always represented as ‘The Deadman’ throughout his career. Why he is called so, here we take a look.

Why is The Undertaker called “The Deadman”?

The Undertaker is called ‘The Deadman’ due to his on screen persona and character in WWE. Taker made his WWE debut in 1990 and was portrayed as a supernatural and undead character. His early stage ring gear represents a western mortician, with red hair and grey gloves.

He was managed by Paul Bearer, who used to control Undertaker with an Urn. He has god-like superpowers, with which he could make the whole arena go black, control lightning, thunder and teleport himself to the ring and backstage.

He always reflected demise as a consequence by using a number of funeralrelated identities such as caskets, body bags, effigies, cemeteries, hearses and more. His character evoked funerals and death, where his birthplace is ‘Death Valley’, his catchphrase is ‘Rest in Peace’, finisher is ‘Tombstone Piledriver’, and the signature pinning resembles a corpse with their arms crossed over their chest.

He also worked in a number of dead gimmicked matches including Casket Match, Body Bag Match, Buried Alive Match, Last Ride Match, Hell in a Cell Match, Boneyard Match and more. Taker is buried alive and burnt with the casket (Kayfabe) a number of times on Television, however he was portrayed as ‘undead’, and he kept coming back, ‘rising from the dead’ like a Zombie. All these made him adopt the name ‘The Deadman’.

The Phenom in early 2000s changed his gimmick to an American Badass, however he kept his Deadman nickname with him. In 2004, Taker brought the Deadman gimmick back to life upon his return, after Kane buried him.

Taker continued his gimmick until his last match against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36 and retired from in-ring action. He got inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2022 and appears occasionally on television for sporadic appearances, however he now adopted the American Badass gimmick back.

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