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The Undertaker & WWE Celebrate 30 Years At Survivor Series

LEGENDS & ICONS - Article By Kevin Douglas

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WWE has been entertaining fans for decades with sports entertainment. Vince Mcmahon transformed the business in the 1980’s with leading superstars such as Andre “The Giant”, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan.

As the sport peaked in the year 1989 and was facing the crossroads of trying to move into the 1990’s, WWE struggled trying to find its next superhero. It was thirty years ago tonight, that Undertaker made his jaw dropping debut at the 1990 Survivor Series event.

He would mow down competitors and icons in his debut in a Survivor Series elimination match up with legendary figures such as Bret “Hitman” Hart, “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

A year removed from the debut, The Undertaker would defeat Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship at the time. Within his first year in the league, Taker became a legitimate threat to the popularity of Hulk Hogan and his then heir apparent, The Ultimate Warrior, as the 1990’s was soon to become the decade of the anti-hero and dark characters which would become a contrast to the “Real American” Hulk Hogan hero to fans everywhere.

He would become an integral part of the biggest spectacle of the year in WrestleMania with the greatest winning streak in the event’s history. He recently spoke with Snoop Dogg about it on Instagram.

His darker character which wore black would prelude the NWO phenomenon and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s “Attitude Era” of anti-establishment and shades of gray. Tonight the fans saw the end of a historic career and WWE went out as they usually do for moments of this magnitude by sharing a Paul Bearer (the former manager of Taker who passed away a few years ago) hologram.

Check out the reactions to Taker’s official retirement below.