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End of an Era - Thank You Taker'
I really don't want to do this blog, but I do think that's it's time for it. The End To The Era I do believe has BEGUN.
Mark William Calaway (born March 24, 1965) The Undertaker. He is signed to WWE and is the company's most tenured performer, and he is one of the only remaining active competitors from the very first episode of WWE Raw in 1993. Calaway began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984. He joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as "Mean" Mark Callous in 1989. When WCW did not renew Calaway's contract in 1990, Calaway signed with the World Wrestling Federation. After debuting as Kane the Undertaker, the name was shortened to the Undertaker and he has remained with the company since.
I remember the day that Mark walked down the ramp and entered the WWF ( at that time ) ring. Calaway made his WWF debut as "Kane the Undertaker" at a taping of WWF Superstars on November 19, 1990. His original Deadman persona depicted him as wearing a trench coat and black hat with grey gloves and boot covers. Under this Deadman persona, he was portrayed as impervious to pain, something accomplished by Calaway no-selling his opponents' attacks. Calaway made his official on-camera debut on November 22 at Survivor Series as a heel when he was the mystery partner of Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar team, where he was called Kane the Undertaker.
The Undertaker has had ONE HELL OF A WWF WWE RUN. I grew up watching him for the last 20 plus years. All the way from the WCW to today. Undertaker has one of the greatest running streaks in Pro Wrestling and in Sports period. The streak is so big that it made espn news more than once. I was excited that WWF WWE actually found a gimmick that has worked this long in this business. From the beginning Vince knew what he was doing right from the start. There has been many superstars that have had a great run, but Taker has had the Best and Biggest of them all.
I loved the re-vamping that Vince and Taker has done over the years with the character so that it always came off to us that he is the baddest ass performer of all time. There were some of the persona's that were a lil weird or not as big, but non the less every one of them worked. Vince is going to loose one of the biggest things to ever happen to the WWE since Hulk Hogan of the Eighties.
With the last few years of Takers battles at WM as really taken a major tole on him physically and I'm pretty damn sure mentally as he realizes his time is coming to a close. The list goes on and on. He made his WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania VII, quickly defeating "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka. The win was the first in his 20-0 undefeated streak at the event. All the way to his last match ( we hope not ) At WrestleMania XXVIII, The Undertaker defeated Triple H to extend his streak to 20-0. After the match Undertaker and Michaels carried Triple H to the entrance stage, where the three embraced. Could this be the first step in the door closing forever.
Taker has had a great run in the company and a AWESOME run as the CHAMP as well. Taker is one of the most tenured wrestlers Vince has left besides. Kane and PART TIMER HHH. We are steadily watching the door close on all 3 of these guys, but that's 2 other blogs that can be done for another time. I have never had the pleasure to watch the Superbowl of WWE live, but I have witnessed Taker LIVE more than once. I watched as his movements are very slow and action he is able to bring to the ring is slowly dispersing right in front of our very eyes, that's what does happen after all of these years. The GREATS know when to step away and not return to the very thing they love. ( except RIC FLAIR )
I for one would love to see the Undertaker make the last 2 Wrestlemania's, but unfortunately I am not really sure if Taker can perform well enough to give us all the caliber match we would all expect from him and to his standard. WM 29 is creeping up on us and the WORLD WIDE WEB is running rampant with all of these RUMORS and STORIES us here at RSN has the latest STORY up on his health right now. If the Taker really isn't set to compete then why force him or ask him. Taker has giving EVERYTHING TO THE WWE AND THE FANS. Taker DOESN'T have anything else to prove to me or WWE FANS.
Dow we want to see the Taker destroy Lesnar? YES! Do we all want to see Taker put Punk six feet under? YES! Do we all want to see Taker stop Ryback? YES! Do we all want to see Taker and Sting beat each other to a no contest? HELL YES! ( will we see any of this ) I'm very sad to say I REALLY DON"T THINK SO. Ryback wouldn't know how to slow it down enough without permanently injuring Taker. Lesnar would be dropped by Taker and thus ruining more of Lesnars second WWE career. Punk and Taker would be grand. Sting and Taker will never happen sorry for killing your wet dreams of this match people.
Point of this blog is give the props to the man of the WWE that really deserves it the most of all. Will we see Taker at WM 29 or even 30 ????????? The only people that can answer that now is Taker himself and the very man Taker has killed himself for of the last 20 plus years. VINCE! I feel that the Taker has probably decided to move on with his life and I'm not sure if wrestling is anywhere in that chapter. We all want to see these matches I listed above and no one more than me. I have been around for over 30 years and even I know when it's time to pass the so called TORCH and step away from the ring.
Taker is and will always be one of the greatest wrestlers, performers and PHENOMS ever to step in the WWE ring. This will be a very sad day in WWE history, but the show will go on and we will see Taker again down the line. It won't be in the ring wrestling, but it will be in the WWE regardless. The streak SHOULD NEVER BEEN BROKEN 20-0 is a GREAT record and it NEEDS TO STAY. So with the END OF AN ERA coming closer to us and the career of THE UNDERTAKER I for one want to be the first to say " THANK YOU TAKER "
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