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The Undertaker Heading To WWE Hall Of Fame In 2022

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LEGENDS & ICONS IN SPORTS - Kevin Douglas Article

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Twenty six years later after appearing in the Bret Hart and Diesel match up on PPV, The Undertaker was announced as being the headliner for the WWE Hall Of Fame as New York Post broke the news first.

The wrestling legend started his career long before his debut in the company in 1991, but his persona overshadows anything he did beforehand. The company will enshrine “The Undertaker” at this year’s WrestleMania weekend in Texas.

This year’s WrestleMania is also rumored to have the return of the legendary “Stone Cold” Steve Austin according to multiple sources such as Sports Illustrated. The event will be in Texas and both icons have been billed over the years as coming from the Lone Star State.

Real name Mark Calloway, Undertaker has been a staple in the wrestling industry ever since he made his debut at the 1991 Survivor Series. Previously known as “Mean” Mark Callous in WCW, the giant of a man brought tears and fear into audiences upon his debut.

His presence came onto the scene just at the tail end of Hulkamania’s original run and The Ultimate Warrior’s championship reign. Within a year, The Undertaker solidified himself as a true main event star when he would drop Hulk Hogan on his head with his infamous tombstone piledriver to become the then WWF Heavyweight Champion.

Taker would grow from WWE rookie star to become the locker room leader as stars like Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, and Ultimate Warrior would leave for bigger money in Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling.

This would lead to a huge rivalry between the companies known as the “Monday Night War.” Hulk Hogan became champion of that league and would lead WCW into ratings topping the WWE with the N.W.O. (New World Order), but Undertaker stayed loyal to the WWE by never jumping ship.

In later years, The Undertaker would become a huge drawing point for WrestleMania. His famous winning streak lasted two decades before it was broken by the iconic Brock Lesnar. During the streak, Undertaker had some of the greatest matches ever with legends like “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels.

The Undertaker is definitely one of the stars who is truly a legend in the world of sports entertainment and his induction night will surely be teary eyed for long standing fans of the business.