The Undertaker is undoubtedly the greatest influence in WWE. The man is the yardstick for greatness. From locker room conduct, and in-ring work to staying in character till he hung up his boots it’s safe to say there won’t be another Undertaker. His loyalty to the company, especially during the Monday Night Wars when a lot of talent jumped ship.
The times he’s walked into the ring with a major injury are just a testament to his love for the business. Everyone remembers the iconic Hell in the Cell with Mick Foley, but not many know that Undertaker went into the match with a fractured ankle. You cannot talk about The Undertaker without talking about the Urn. The Undertaker did adapt to the new era, but The Deadman with the urn was legendary.
The Urn was introduced in 1991. It became an integral part of the character and its mystique. The urn has undergone multiple designs over the course of time. Here are some facts about him and the Urn:
1. The Urn was his source of Power
When Paul Bearer raised the urn, The Undertaker would be reminded of what he had done, and it was a sort of motivator for him. The urn was his source of power. At times when he was beaten down, Paul Bearer would use the Urn to power him up.
2. It had the ability to summon the Undertaker
Time and again, Paul Bearer used to summon The Undertaker through the Urn. Most famously, at the WrestleMania XX against Kane.
3. It was stolen a lot of times
There isn’t an exact number of how many times the urn was stolen. The most significant times would be:
In 1994, Ted Dibiase stole it while he was managing Yokozuna.
In 1996, Mick Foley stole it and even melted it down.
In 1997 the Hart Foundation stole it.
In 2013, CM Punk stole it during the build-up to WrestleMania.
4. It can weaken him
The Urn was able to even weaken The Undertaker. The most significant example of this is the legendary Hell in the Cell match with Kane. Paul Bearerturned on Undertaker in the closing minutes of the match.
5. Contents of the Urn
It is believed that the urn contains the mortal remains of the Undertaker’s dead parents; hence, he draws power from it.
The Undertaker will easily go down as one of the greatest characters of all time. Vince Mcmahon gets a lot of heat nowadays for his creative directions but this was pure genius. That being said creating the character is one thing, bringing it to life and sustaining it over 3 decades is where the man became a legend. To do all that while maintaining the mystique and aura of the character across the decades is dedication at its best.
He didn’t win 16 world titles like Flair or Cena, and he didn’t headline consecutive Manias likeRoman Reigns yet he remains one of the greatest of all time. He had the ability to create storylines that didn’t require a title to be relevant.
There will never be another Phenom. There will never be another streak quite like his.
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