The Undertaker, whose legendary WWE career is winding down, took on a different persona in his pro wrestling industry start.
Here’s a blast from the past: did you know that The Undertaker used to wrestle under the name Mean Mark Callous?
The Undertaker, born as Mark Callaway, started off his major pro wrestling career in the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1989 as a heel named Mean Mark Callous, where he was part of a tag team called The Skyscrapers with Dan Spivey.
The following year, in 1990, he moved on to the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) and started building his “Dead Man” persona. Since then, he has won the WWE World Heavyweight championship seven times, seven tag team championships, and the 2007 Royal Rumble as an instant nod into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Before we see The Undertaker in his match against Shane McMahon in WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, Texas, let’s take a look back at one of his earliest matches as Mean Mark Callous against unknown jobber named Robbie Idol.
He was noticeably slimmer, wearing the classic tights and boots combo, and with much less tattoos than he does now. But the one thing didn’t change was his athleticism and his power inside the ring.
As a bonus: avid wrestling fans will recognize the man accompanying him, plus the precursor to his signature move called “Old School.”
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