The Undertaker is an American professional wrestler signed to WWE. He is the company's most tenured performer, and he's also the only remaining active competitor from the very first episode of WWE Raw in 1993. Calaway began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984. In 1990, Calaway signed with the World Wrestling Federation and The Undertaker was born. The rest, as they say, was history!
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Does Shane McMahon stand a chance against The Undertaker at WrestleMania?
On the main page of WWE.com, WWE has a new poll asking fans if Shane McMahon stands a chance against The Undertaker inside Hell In a Cell at WrestleMania 32. As of this writing, 53% have voted, “Yes. As we’ve seen in the past, Shane will find a way to defeat The Deadman and control Monday Night RAW.” The rest have voted, “No. The Undertaker at WrestleMania is almost unstoppable.”
source: WrestlingINC & WWE.com
P.S. I did not provide a link to the poll. If you go on the main site and scroll down, you’ll eventually come to it.
Hopefully the rest end up being right this year while the currently 53% end up being wrong. Depends on WWE’s plans for the match finish though. When a non-wrestler of the Mcmahon Family’s involved, especially when they’re heels, there’s always some kind of screwjob. Either Shane turns heel or maybe Vince will favor Taker to prevent his son from having control. Maybe Vince will side with Shane saying it’s time for him to take over. Who knows?
I do believe Shane, who was busy since leaving WWE with outside ventures will go back to that should Taker at WM or someone the following night on RAW, maybe Shane himself, writes him out of WWE, which I do as of now see happening. In other words, I think WM32 is Shane’s last match, one that came up out of desperation as WWE were backed into a corner with their Plan A, Cena being injured and their Plan B, Braun Strowman being take off after fan backlash. Plan C could have and should have been Jericho and WWE screwed up as they typically do by not having it. Oh well. it is what it is.
- Leonardo on February 24th, 2016 says:
It’s absolutely obvious that Shane (or a wrestler representing him) will win. Shane come back to stay, he is not going to appear only a few months after his return. I think this is the ultimate disrespect to the Undertaker. First the end of the streak, then they didn’t allow him to revenge from Brock Lesnar, and now this…
- Mike b on February 24th, 2016 says:
This match really should be bookt period, I understand vince made many charaters and can pretty much des mantle he’s creations, but least of all Vince has done the undertaker which was he’s greatest. Vince should get he’s head out of he’s ass and this charater some thing very specially that he should know not desmantle he’s legacy. After streak ended and whole thing Brock. Now Shane which I’m pretty sure be good match but at wrestlemania. Taker doesn’t need lose again wrestlemania. I understand weight lefted off from taker and no title shots, just good o fashion kick ass match but still Shane trying get control. And big deal taker turning heal which I hope not or least force by Vince. Want taker tell Vince up yours don’t tell me what to do or face. Then Vince tells and twist forcing taker face him but then no natter what taker mite Lose and Shane takes control which needs new shift wwe, but Shane is a McMahon so he’ll have he’s own version of he’s gang so whole thing wrap to gather Vince should have taken even take on Shane. Vince really gonna hurt takers image if he loses to Shane.. If this story that Shane isn’t trying take control then make better since. Good fashion match.
- Mike b on February 24th, 2016 says:
Shouldn’t be booked oops
- Keke mac on February 24th, 2016 says:
Hmmmm this is awesome
- Mike b. on February 24th, 2016 says:
found this interesting, after triple h beat down on roman wwe reported roman went have nose surgery done today..after triple h bash hes face in the table..on the other hand whoever did the camera shoots caught one of the guys behind the table hand fake blood to roman make it look al real.. so was it both the blood was fake but still triple h push t fair and actually broke hes nose or was it all just fake wwe just spicing the story up..
- Thy Serpent on February 24th, 2016 says:
Was I the only one that had a strong feeling Vince would announce The Undertaker as Shane’s opponent? Not that I knew it all along. Just when that moment came, I felt it. My dad was watching WWE and I happened to pass by and heard about this one match thing. I decided to watch a bit. When Vince said Shane would have to face someone as big as his ego or something like that, I suddenly got a weird strong feeling that it would be The Undertaker. Not that what he said made me relate to The Undertaker. I don’t know why, I just felt it would be him. A few moments before Vince announced it, I was saying to myself, ” Oh my God, he’s going to announce The Undertaker as his opponent. Please let it not be ! ” And when he did, I wasn’t surprised, just disappointed. I’m keeping my hopes up though. Hoping that 1) Somehow, the match will be interesting and 2) The Undertaker wins. Not many could guess that Brock would break the streak. I’m sure if a poll was there then (or maybe it already was), most people would’ve voted for an Undertaker victory. The opposite happened. Same here. Most people are voting for a Shane victory, but that may not happen. Seeing how WWE is predictable most of the time, it does point to a Shane victory, but who knows? If Shane does win, it will be a bloody shame. He doesn’t have to win. They can extend the story line such that Vince gives him another chance. No?
- Anan on February 24th, 2016 says:
True, WWE are predictable most of the time. And their booking/creative/writing sucks most of the time too. But the build/Road To WM, the post-WM RAW, build to Summerslam and post-Summerslam RAW along with NXT are the exceptions. This is where WWE’s best and as unpredictable as the current product is gonna get.
Taker gets to kick another Mcmahon’s ass. He got HHH more than once, got Vince more than once (most of that were segments, but they had a match at SSeries 03 where Taker bloodied Vince with one right hand at the start of the match) Now he gets Shane. The only match he and Shane had were on Smackdown 2000 shortly after taker returned as the ABA, but the match was interrupted by The Faction & Rock came out to even things for Taker, who tombstoned Shane and tried to chase The Faction down with his motorcycle. Both were part of the 6 man tag at KOTR 2000 where Taker highlighted the match with the top rope Chokeslam through the announcers table with JR’s commentary making that even better. It’d be nice to see a top rope Chokeslam to Shane again at WM, wouldn’t it?
Replay of the first HIAC? In what context? That HIAC took place shortly before The Attitude Era began. A bloody HBK was put through the announce table, hit with a chair. I can maybe see chairs being involved. Someone through a table, unlikely IMO. Things are toned down now in the PG world of WWE which is now a family friendly publicly traded company, none of which they were back in 1997. Interference? As I said, I see Shane receiving help. But Kane was the only one who single handedly ripped the Cell door off its hinges and I don’t see that changing. If there is interference, someone will be disguised, already inside the Cell (like Edge was at SSeries 07) or someone will come from under the ring, or the lights will go out and when they return, Shane’s help will be in the ring.
Speaking of interference, I was thinking who it could be. The Wyatts currently having nothing going on heading into WM so maybe them. Maybe League of Nations because Shemamus is/was on The Authority’s side during his Title run and Barrett hasn’t repaid Taker back yet when Taker tombstoned him on SD (in an off air segment) some months back when it was held in London. Shane will need all the help he can get.
I do agree that no matter the outcome, WM32 won’t be Taker’s swan song. In fact, like last year, I’m hoping for a Taker match at Summerslam.
- yousif on February 24th, 2016 says:
YES WWE is predictable ,, and the prediction is shane winning the match . by outside interfrence
the question is how and who ?
i have a strong feeling shane is going to give us a wrestlmania moment in the match
like falling from the cage may be .
- Gareth Thyer on February 24th, 2016 says:
I for one was shocked when this played out on Raw. So many questions left unanswered. I think we’ll be a little clearer this coming Monday. I have a strong feeling that either Shane or Taker will be replaced.
Taker shows up on Raw, he agrees to do it after Vince says he made him, if he doesn’t he’ll end his career. Taker reluctantly agrees. Either Vince or Taker will attack Shane and Shane gets a replacement… Aka Super Cena. So we get Cena vs Taker.
Taker tells Vince go to hell and chokeslams Vince. Vince is pissed and says he’ll find someone else to replace him inside HIAC… Enter Bray Wyatt. Vince says he needs to punish Taker, so if he loses his match at Mania his career is over. His opponent… John Cena!
In other words I don’t see Shane vs Taker happening at the moment… Just doesn’t sit well with me
- Anan on February 24th, 2016 says:
I don’t know about replacement. I’m 50/50 on that. If anyone’s being replaced, it’s Shane, not Taker. If they replace Taker, who’s left for him to face? Surely they won’t leave him off a WM emanating from Texas. Cena’s injured and although he’s returned early before, I think WWE’s rightfully saving that match for when Cena’s at his healthiest which he won’t be by WM32. If WWE were going to have Taker vs Cena this year, they would have started that build instead of coming up with Taker vs Shane and giving an out of nowhere announcement last Monday. So I don’t see Taker vs Cena at WM.
Regarding your scenarios….neither fit. Taker agreeing after Vince says he made him? Vince has to tell Taker he made him for Taker to accept the match? Not Taker’s style. Taker doesn’t reluctantly agree to anything except facing his brother at WM14 and accepts any and all challenges because that is just who he is, has been and will be.
Taker vs Sting, not happening at WM this year. End of story. Wyatts are dead and buried now and Rusev nor Sheamus are anywhere near the league Wyatt was last year when he faced Taker at WM.
- Gareth Thyer on February 24th, 2016 says:
@anan it’s pretty obvious that WWE are bidding their time to see if Cena can return in time, hence why Cena said about two weeks on his account last week I think. So if Cena is fit to go, then either Shane will get replaced with Cena OR Taker will get replaced (for someone like Bray Wyatt) the reason why I said Bray is because of the interaction a few months back backstage, Bray is not involved in a match arm. Vince then making Cena vs Taker for whatever reason with Takers career on the line.
You can guarantee that Vince will mention that he gave Taker the opportunity 25 years ago and that he made him and he can also break him. So Taker owes him etc Guarantee he will say something along those lines.
- Anan on February 25th, 2016 says:
I think people hate Taker vs Shane so much, they’re just coming up with improvised ideas to suggest/convince that it can be replaced with something else. But no real thought seems to be going into a lot of these ideas. Taker vs Stone Cold? Where did that come from? Austin’s stated that he’d wanna face Brock Lesnar if he ever did have one more match, but stated a million times he’s done.
It’s pretty obvious? No idea where that’s coming from. If that were true, they wouldn’t have made Taker vs Shane. Instead they’d wait. What’s obvious is why they made Taker vs Shane – they don’t want Cena to come back and further risk injury and because of the negative reaction to Taker vs Strowman. Of course wrestlers will say they’re “ready” because they don’t wanna miss the biggest payday of the year, WM. But Cena will NOT be 100% at WM and therefore if the match happened which I highly doubt it will, it won’t live up to fans’ and WWE’s expectations. So WWE are smart in saving the match for another time. And now, Taker vs Shane is officially announced and the build to it has begun whether anyone likes it or not. This is WM, not RAW. You can’t just replace anyone whenever you want to no matter the reason. In all the WM’s he’s been in, can you name me one time Taker was replaced? He wasn’t always in there with top level talent. Yet he still competed in whatever matches were announced, some with very little build.
I won’t guarantee Vince will say that and if he does, I certainly will not guarantee him having the guts to say it in Taker’s face knowing what that will result in for him courtesy of Taker. Remember the last time Vince said that to Taker’s face? Back in 1999 leading up to Fully Loaded, he said he made Taker. Taker fired back by scaring Vince by intensely saying no one no one made him, owns him or tells him what to do. Why do you think Vince has not said that to Taker’s face since then? They’ve had some face to face interactions over the years since that time.
Sting’s not the type of guy to draw attention onto himself and off the match by inserting himself into anything. Aside from Jesse Ventura asking Trump to endorse him for president at WM20, Flair’s WM24 retirement match and Piper’s Pit at WM21, can you name one one time a HOF’er did something at WM, like interfere or replace someone in a match? Taker vs Sting, if it’s gonna happen, you can’t tell me WWE won’t give it the right promotion and the right amount of build time. Does it need that? No. But WWE will wanna provide it for the match anyway because that’s how they are and it’s what they do. 5 weeks isn’t enough. And what reason does Sting have to get involved in the match? What does he get out of it? Do you think he’s gonna interfere to anger Taker to get a match with him, a match Vince does not want to make? If Sting wants a match, he’s not an idiot. He’s a classy professional and smart enough to know all he has to do is ask and Taker will accept as he always does.
- Gareth Thyer on February 25th, 2016 says:
Just to let you know, Vince said something along those lines in the lead up to Survivor Series 2003. Anyway… Onto the other matter. I didn’t mean just replace Taker, obviously he’ll have to do something if he doesn’t agree to do it for Vince, then the authority will have reason to feud with Taker.
It is pretty obvious that they are waiting on the final word for Cena, there’s no way they’d mention it beforehand unless they were sure. That’s why Cena injury has hardly been mentioned on WWE TV or even the website, apart from the surgery photos and the usual “it takes 6-9 for someone to recover”.
I’m not saying it’s definitely just a setup for Cena vs Taker, but like I said it’s an odd pairing and they needed plan b just in case plan a didn’t work out. There’s plenty of time to do that. I don’t even think Strowman vs Taker was even planned for Mania, he would have been built entirely differently from last November onwards. I said back then he should be in the Andre the Giant battle royal and it looks like he will be.
If this match does go ahead as simply Shane vs Taker, then it’s a sure sign of desperation on the part of WWE which was probably thrown together in the last few weeks without much planning. Can guarantee they’ll be plenty of twists and turns, starting Monday night…
- eric on February 25th, 2016 says:
I do not believe or ever said Sting would “interfere” in Takers match…..I did say if Shane replaces himself in this match,I wanted Sting.I hope there is some angle to this match along those lines because right now I just can’t except this opponent.I wanted it to be Sting….it’s not happening and emotionally,I can’t accept that yet.
I love Undertaker and I don’t wanna see him lose…especially to a McMahon.If Sting were to interfere in a match it would be Triple H v Reigns….at every turn,when you least expect it…Sting has thwarted the authority time and again…I could see him doing that…..probably the rock does but I could see Sting jabbing the authority yet again.
- Anan on February 26th, 2016 says:
From the latest report which I posted….
The deal for Taker vs Shane was made four weeks ago after it became apparent that the planned John Cena vs. Undertaker match at WrestleMania wouldn’t be happening. It was noted that Vince McMahon was “devastated” because he planned on the match between the two legends to carry the event.
I’m convinced that you are against Taker vs Shane so much that you have convinced yourself and maybe some others who don’t want Taker vs Shane either that WWE’s still waiting on “the final word” from Cena.
- Gareth Thyer on February 26th, 2016 says:
I think the latest report is just fabricated to sound like someone has inside knowledge. It’s only stating what we already knew. It happens from time to time when the latest “report” comes around. We learnt nothing new from this so called report.
I’m not dead against Shane vs Taker. It has to be done properly though. Otherwise it could lead to major problems.
- Gareth Thyer on February 27th, 2016 says:
I’m saying the report says nothing new for which we already knew. It’s saying what we already knew. Obviously Vince will be devastated, obviously the decision was made weeks ago. So it’s just saying what we already knew but in a “reported” way which sounds more important to certain people but when you read it just things we already knew after the fact.
Like I said I’m all for Shane vs Taker, but it needs to be done properly. Otherwise it’s going to be a disaster. I think I’m probably only one of the small group of people on here who understands the ramifications of this match storyline wise and character wise. Hell even some of us are waiting on the stone cold podcast with Taker, which I shot down instantly saying it’s never going to happen until Taker retires… But certain people can’t be told or even understand that it won’t happen until he retires but I won’t mention names…
- Anan on February 27th, 2016 says:
“I think I’m probably only one of the small group of people on here who understands the ramifications of this match storyline wise and character wise.”
Don’t know where you got that conclusion from, but keep thinking that. I’m sure there’s more who know that than you think.
“Hell even some of us are waiting on the stone cold podcast with Taker, which I shot down instantly saying it’s never going to happen until Taker retires… But certain people can’t be told or even understand that it won’t happen until he retires but I won’t mention names…”
So you’re the know it all expert on Taker. You “obviously” know when he’ll appear on Taker’s podcast. Did he tell you he’ll appear after he retires? “Maybe he did.” Did he also tell you how he’ll appear this coming Monday, how long he plans to wrestle, and if he sees this WM as his last. Probably not because you probably never spoke to him. Anything’s possible. Austin said he’ll be at WM32 and we know Taker will too. Maybe they’ll record the podcast there or during that weekend sometime. Maybe the timing just never was there and maybe that’s why the podcast hasn’t happened yet. Both are busy and have lives of their own. Austin’s been retired for a long time now, but is still pretty busy as I suspect Taker will be when he’s retired. In a interview, Austin stated there’s respect between him and Taker. But they don’t call or text each other so they won’t communicate with each other and schedule a time to do the podcast
Had it not been for Taker’s concussion at WM30, Austin was there so maybe they would’ve done the podcast then. Who knows? Clearly you have yourself convinced that you know more than you actually do.
- Gareth Thyer on February 29th, 2016 says:
For your information, I met Undertaker in Manchester this past autumn, I was booked in the same hotel as him. Talked to him for about 5-10 minutes. Nice guy! I’m also going to WM32, HOF, RAW And Axxess, flying out on the 27th March. I’ve met him a handful of times before last year too.
Its pretty obvious that he will not do a podcast before he retires, due to kayfabe and his gimmick. Theres been plenty of chances if he wanted to do one with him. They both live in Texas, they both have made time for other projects etc. Like you said, you believe yourself that he’ll have the podcast “soon”, nearly 2 years later after the statement was made we’re still waiting, when i told you then, its not going to happen anytime soon. So I guess I was the one correct? So I guess I do know more that I actually let on. Most of the time, Its just common sense. I dont mean to be nasty or anything by all this, I’m just saying
- Anan on March 1st, 2016 says:
Did he tell you he won’t do the podcast before he retires? Austin’s the one who’s been saying the timing just isn’t there. They both live in Texas, yeah. But they’re not at home, on their asses all day long. If they were, the podcast would have been done. Austin would do more podcasts a day than he actually does. because he’s so busy, he does as many as he can. How do we know the podcast hasn’t been recorded already? Just because it hasn’t aired doesn’t mean it hasn’t been done. Maybe out of respect or by request, Austin hasn’t aired it yet if it indeed has been recorded. Then again maybe it’s WWE’s call to want to save the podcast for the WWE Network live podcast to be done at whatever time WWE deems appropriate. Taker’s contractually locked to WWE for who knows how long and for however long that is, they’ll control a portion of him as they do all their employees. Also, Taker has a family he spends time with and charity work that he spends time with. You can’t do a podcast while you’re busy doing charity work or spending time with family. Austin’s also busy filming 2-3 reality shows and now has a beer business. Can’t do a podcast while filming shows.
As for kayfabe, anyone in the business from Austin to JR, watch the Austin podcast with HHH and they’ll tell you kayfabe is dead. Jericho and JR may have stated that on their shows too. Why do you think Taker’s been more open now than he’s ever been to out of arena pics of him being posted on Twitter? He’s more open to them now during his darside Deadman gimmick than he was in his ABA gimmick which was pretty much just an extension of his real life self. He’s not stupid. He knows kayfabe’s dead. Thanks in part if not completely to the internet kayfabe has been resting in peace for quite some time now.