Born name Mark William Calaway is best known by the ring name “The Undertaker” is an American retired professional wrestler, is signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He started his wrestling career in 1984 with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW). After wrestling for World Championship Wrestling (WCW), he signed with the then World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1990. He is broadly regarded as one of the extreme professional wrestlers of all time.
Early Life & Education of The Undertaker
The 54-years-old Mark William Calaway known by his stage name The Undertaker grew up in Houston, Texas, with four elder brothers and parents, Frank Compton Calaway (died 22 July 2003), and Betty Catherine Truby.
He has four brothers namely David Calaway, Michael Calaway, Paul Calaway, and Timothy Calaway.
He belongs to white ethnicity and holds an American nationality.
The former professional Wrestler Undertaker attended Waltrip High School, where he was a member of the basketball and football team. He graduated in 1983 and attended Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas.
In 1985, he joined Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas, and majored in sports management. In 1986, Undertaker dropped out of university to pursue his career in sports.
The Undertaker's Professional Wrestling Career
Nicknamed “The American Bad-Ass” made his wrestling debut in 1984 for World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW). He at first received the ring name, Texas Red, and from that point evolved a progression of a few different names over the years.
He joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1989 and was given the wrestling signature Mean Mark Callous. The WCW did not reestablish his agreement in 1990, and he joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), which turn into World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2002.
After joining the WWF, Undertaker received the name the Undertaker and made a big appearance on 22 November 1990, at Survivor Series as the mystery partner of Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar group.
Undertaker battled with Randy Savage, the Ultimate Warrior, and Hulk Hogan in his first year in the WWF. He defeated Hogan to win his first WWF Championship with the assistance of Ric Flair at Survivor Series in 1991and hence became the most youngest WWF Champion ever (the record would finally be broken up by Yokozuna in 1993).
In 1998 Fully Loaded, the main event a tag team match for the WWF Tag Team Championship, Undertaker, and the ruling WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin defeated Kane and Mankind to win the WWF Tag Team Championship.
In the late 1990s, The Deadman (The Undertaker) suffered a crotch injury and took some time off from wrestling in order to recover. He made his return in the mid-2000s in another symbol. He surrendered the undertaker themed clothing types of the past and went up against a biker's personality. At Vengeance in 2001, Undertaker wrestled Van Dam to attain the WWF Hardcore Championship.
The year 2007 was a decent one for the wrestler as he finally won his first Royal Rumble match. He was No. 30, the last one to enter the ring at Royal Rumble and won the title by disposing of Shawn Michaels, the 23rd contestant.
In 2012 the Undertaker showed up on the 1000th scene of "Raw" to help Kane who was challenged by Jinder Mahal, Curt Hawkins, Hunico, Tyler Reks, Camacho, and Drew McIntyre.
The Undertaker has two different characters which are the Deadman and the American Bad Ass. The Undertaker was unbeaten at WrestleMania until Brock Lesnar defeated him at Wm 30 but still has the best-undefeated streak with a 23-2 record and is a 6-time world champion (4 times WWE Champion and 2 times World Heavyweight Champion).
Undertaker was also the champ of the 2007 Royal Rumble in which he turned into the first man to win the Rumble beginning at number 30.
It's been years and WWE fans still can't forget Lesnar defeating The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30. The Beast Incarnate ended The Phenom's undefeated streak with his first ever loss at the Showcase of the Immortals in 2014.
As per some news report, however, the history-making result was never planned before for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Retirement in 2017
The world’s greatest sportsman The Undertaker announced his retirement from wrestling on 2 April 2017, where he lost to Reigns. The Phenom wrestled in a No Hold Barred match against Roman Reigns. He was defeated and ended his career with a 23 wins-2loss in WrestleMania.
The Undertaker took off his MMA-style gloves, hat, and coat and placed them in the center of the ring. He then gently made his exit, walking over his wife, Michelle McCool and kissing her before walking up the ramp and doing his signature arm-raised pose and disappeared into the smoke to the sound of his music.
The lights went out and his signature gong sounded 3 times to end the show. WWE fans were left surprised after the Undertaker signaled his departure. The Deadman debuted for the WWE 27-years-ago and became one of the most famous superstars in WWE history.
Television & Films Career
The WWE superstar made debut in films as Hutch in the 1991 movie “Suburban Commando." He also appeared as a guest character on “Celebrity Deathmatch” and “Poltergeist: The Legacy."
Undertaker was a short series of comic books written by Chaos! Comics which was based on The Undertaker. On 1 August 2000, Games announced a special “Phenom Edition” for “WWE 2K14” would include Undertaker-themed additions, including the “American Badass” playable role.
The Undertaker has appeared on 61 different pay-per-view posters, which as of 2015, is the maximum of any WWE superstar.
The Undertaker's Personal Life
The legendary of WWE The Undertaker is a married man and has married three times to three different ladies.
The Undertaker first married Jodi Lynn in 1989. The ex-couple welcomed a son named Gunner Vincent Calaway in 1993. Unfortunately, they ended their relationship and got a divorce after 10 years of marriage in 1999.
After divorce with Jodi Lynn, Undertaker married second time with an American actress, Sara Calaway on 21 July 2000, in St. Petersburg, Florida. The couple welcomed two daughters together; Chasey Calaway (Frank) on November 21, 2002, and Gracie Calaway on May 15, 2005. The ex-couple met at the television appearances with the WWE, where Sara appeared as being Undertaker’s wife. Unfortunately, their 7 years of marriage ended, and they got a divorce in 2007.
After splitting from Sara, Undertaker romantically linked up with former wrestler, Michelle McCool on 26 June 2010 in Houston, Texas. The lovable duo blessed with a daughter named Kaia Faith Calaway on August 29, 2012.
The Undertaker began dating Michelle McCool in late 2007. They have been married for six years and are living a happy life together.
He was rumored to be dead back in September 2014. His wife McCool later confirmed that 'The Deadman' is not dead and he's doing really well.
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As he is away from WWE, he is enjoying wonderful days with his wife. McCool posted an Instagram image where the two enjoyed the vacation.
The Undertaker's Net Worth
Also known as The Deadman, Texas Red, Master of Pain and The Punisher, The Undertaker, real name Mark William Calaway is a former professional American wrestler with a projected net worth of $17 million.
He makes an estimated salary of $2.25 million per year.