Wrestling fans don't know him by design. Mark has so much respect for this company, for its fans, and for his Undertaker persona, that he doesn't expose too much.
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Show Comments. Keep Reading Diesel interfered in the match to cost the Undertaker the championship, and one month later, while Diesel was facing Hart in a steel cage match, Undertaker came up from under the ring to drag Diesel underneath, allowing Hart the victory. His next feud commenced the very next night, when Mankind made his debut, interfering in the Undertaker's match with Justin Hawk Bradshaw. For the next few months, Mankind ambushed and cost the Undertaker several matches.
The Undertaker faced Mankind for the first time in a match at the King of the Ring , which Mankind won. The feud intensified, and they began taking their battles into crowds, backstage areas, and in the boiler rooms of different arenas. During the match, when Undertaker reached for his urn, Paul Bearer hit him with it, turning on the Undertaker and allowing Mankind to "incapacitate" The Undertaker with the Mandible claw , giving him the win.
Undertaker won the match after a Chokeslam into the open grave, but after interference from The Executioner , as well as the help of several other superstars, The Undertaker was ultimately "Buried Alive". As a result, a match was booked for the upcoming Survivor Series , again pitting The Undertaker against Mankind, with a unique stipulation.
If Undertaker won the match, he would be able to get his hands on Bearer. Even though Undertaker won the match, interference from The Executioner enabled Bearer to escape the Undertaker's clutches.
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The Undertaker then shifted feuds and briefly turned his attention to The Executioner, who had become a thorn in his side since his arrival. After the event, Paul Bearer attempted to rejoin with the Undertaker, using the threat of revealing 'Taker's "biggest secret". In the storyline, Bearer announced that Undertaker was a murderer, who as a child had burned down the family funeral home business where Bearer worked , killing his parents and his younger brother.
Undertaker claimed there was no way for Bearer to have that information, but Paul announced that he was told this by Undertaker's brother Kane , who was still alive but horribly burned and scarred. Bearer raised Kane after the fire, having him institutionalized. Now, Kane was waiting for revenge after all these years. In defense, Undertaker responded that Kane, a pyromaniac, had been the one to set the fire and could not have possibly survived. Although the chair shot was accidental, Michaels taunted the Undertaker in the following weeks.
During this match, Undertaker's storyline brother Kane made his debut, ripping off the door to the cell and giving Undertaker a Tombstone Piledriver, Undertaker's trademark finisher, allowing Michaels to pin him.
As the angle progressed, Kane, with Paul Bearer, challenged the Undertaker to fights, but the Undertaker consistently refused to fight his brother. The Undertaker's final encounter with Michaels was in the return of the casket match at the Royal Rumble , where Kane cost the Undertaker the win by trapping him in the coffin, padlocking the casket lid, and setting it ablaze. The Undertaker, however, had disappeared when the casket lid was reopened. The two had a rematch, the first ever Inferno match, one month later at In Your House: Unforgiven, where The Undertaker was booked to win by setting Kane's right arm on fire.
Undertaker's longtime feud with Mankind was renewed afterwards, when Mankind cost the Undertaker a number one contenders match against Kane. During the match, Undertaker threw Mankind off the roof of the sixteen foot cell onto the Spanish announcers' table below, in what was a preplanned move. He later chokeslammed Mankind through the roof of the cell into the ring—which legitimately knocked Mick Foley Mankind unconscious—and finished the match by chokeslamming Mankind onto a pile of thumbtacks.
Undertaker and Austin's reign as tag champions lasted for only two weeks, as Kane and Mankind regained the titles on an episode of Raw. Shortly before SummerSlam, however, Undertaker revealed that he and Kane were working together as brothers. Despite this revelation, Undertaker told Kane that he did not want him to interfere in the match with Austin, and even though Undertaker lost the match, he handed Austin his belt back after the match in a show of respect.
In September, the storyline continued, and Undertaker began to show heel characteristics, becoming a tweener, when he and Kane revealed the fact that they were in cahoots to rid Austin of his title for Vince McMahon. Undertaker and Kane pinned Austin simultaneously after a double chokeslam, so the title was vacated by McMahon.
Near the end of the match, Paul Bearer seemed about to assist Kane by handing him a steel chair to hit Undertaker with, but as Kane had his back turned, both Bearer and Undertaker hit Kane with the chair. Undertaker went for the pin, but Austin refused to count the fall, attacked the Undertaker, and counted out both brothers. Finally, Undertaker turned heel the next night on Raw is War for the first time in over six years, reconciling with Paul Bearer and claiming that he and Bearer would unleash their Ministry of Darkness on the World Wrestling Federation.
As part of this new angle, he admitted that he had indeed set the fire that killed his parents, for which he had previously blamed Kane. After Survivor Series , Undertaker returned his attention back to his previous feud with Austin for having costing him the title at Judgment Day, viciously hitting Austin in the head with a shovel during a title match with The Rock , returning the favor for what happened a month earlier. In the weeks leading up to Rock Bottom, the Undertaker character became increasingly demonic and satanic, attempting to embalm Austin alive, trying to have Kane committed to a mental asylum, and having his druids chain Austin to his symbol and raising it high into the arena.
Undertaker, however, lost the match after Kane interfered. In January , Undertaker returned, remaining a monster heel and forming the Ministry of Darkness , explaining that he was taking orders from a "Higher Power. He was then scheduled to perform at Unforgiven , contending for the WWF Championship, but a groin injury knocked him out of action for the remainder of the year and part of the next.
Onscreen, his absence was explained by The Undertaker quitting. Undertaker was due to return to action for WrestleMania , but a legitimate biceps injury in February delayed his return until May When he returned at Judgment Day, Undertaker's gimmick was dramatically modified in line with the WWF's change to a more realistic approach. His gimmick became that of an intimidating biker, known as the "American Bad Ass", and he began using the Last Ride Elevated Powerbomb as his finishing move, as opposed to the Tombstone Piledriver, which had become synonymous with the Undertaker over the years.
Upon his return, his storyline called for him to take out all the members of the McMahon-Helmsley Faction , which quickly turned him face again. They defeated Edge and Christian , earning the right to face them the following week for the tag titles, which Edge and Christian retained.
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Kane turned on The Undertaker by chokeslamming him twice on the August 14 episode of Raw. This led to another match between the two at SummerSlam , which ended in a no-contest as Kane ran from the ring area after The Undertaker removed Kane's mask. Angle, however, defeated Undertaker following interference from Kurt's real life brother Eric Angle. Undertaker did not win the match, but did perform a move where he threw Rikishi off the roof of the cell. The Brothers of Destruction dominated almost the entire match but were not the winners. The Brothers of Destruction were granted an opportunity to face Triple H and Austin for their titles.
Angle pinned the Undertaker due to interference by Austin. This was the beginning of a new persona for the Undertaker, as he cut his long hair short and called himself "Big Evil". Undertaker's next angle began at the Royal Rumble in when Maven eliminated him by dropkicking him from behind. Subsequently, The Undertaker eliminated Maven in return and brutally assaulted him backstage. This began a storyline with Flair, who declined a challenge to wrestle Undertaker at WrestleMania X8 , and, as a result, Undertaker assaulted his son David Flair.
Flair eventually accepted the match after The Undertaker threatened to inflict the same punishment on Flair's daughter. A no disqualification stipulation was added to the match, and The Undertaker defeated Flair. Later that night, his storyline called for him to help Hulk Hogan win his title match against the Undisputed Champion Triple H. The Undertaker was then booked to defeat Hogan for his fourth world championship at Judgment Day.
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