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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RAW Results | March 10th, 2014
Paul Heyman talked a big game last week, but The Undertaker casts a bigger shadow than the mad scientist’s mouth could ever muster up. The Phenom, returning to Raw for the first time since accepting Brock Lesnar’s open challenge for WrestleMania 30, vowed to keep his storied Streak alive and make it two-for-two against Paul Heyman Guys at The Show of Shows.
Or he would have, had Heyman not interrupted The Last Outlaw before he even got going, begging The Undertaker to abandon his contest with Lesnar and ensure his Streak’s survival with The Anomaly. The Phenom wasn’t exactly shaking in his boots, demanding Heyman bring Lesnar a dark warning of what’s to come: “If he shows up in New Orleans, he will rest in peace.”
1. RAW Digitals
- Anan on March 11th, 2014 says:
Also on RAW….
Cole shows us a preview for USA Network’s NCIS:LA. Renee Young is in the crowd with LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell. They talk about being at RAW. She asks if they could recruit one star to join the cast, who would it be and O’Donnell says Cena, LL Cool J says Undertaker or The Bella Twins. They plug the show some more and we go back to commercial.
LOL funny to see Taker on that type of show!
I like that. Taker returns to his classic one liner/one sentence promos as opposed to the long promos which what has in recent years been normal.
- Thomas on March 11th, 2014 says:
Didn’t know about time change in US and miss it 🙁 But hey, there is internet 🙂
What can I say? As Anan said – he came back to short line promos instead of long-length talking ones. I don’t know which I prefer, which are the best and most fitting for his character, but this was good 🙂 There could’ve been more camera angles but don’t bother about my ‘complaying’ 😀
PS. I hope somewhere on YT is a full length segment. I know WWE uploaded video but it’s not full segment.
- Anan on March 11th, 2014 says:
Showing weakness isn’t Taker’s style. Even during the 2010 storyline where he “lost” his powers, he still put forth a hell of a fight and it took Paul Bearer turning on Taker for Kane to retain the WHC at HIAC, not to mention it took Kane and The Nexus to bury Taker at Bragging Rights. Even without his powers, Kane needed help to win. But with his powers, Taker’s far more dangerous and when Mania comes, he transformers into the most dangerous entity to ever step foot in a wrestling ring.
That’s normal. Even Taker isn’t immune to that. As people age, their voices change. But yeah, it did make hi m creepier 🙂
@THE DEADMAN RULZ:
Have you ever thought of writing a Taker-themed dictionary lol? Okay stupid joke I know haha. You ccome up with all these Taker-themed words or phrases to perfectly describe him. Deadmaniacal….another awesome one word description!
I partially agree. Wouldn’t mind a bit longer Taker appearance. But all in all, I felt it was the right time as it did what it needed to do – further the build and in Taker/Heyman verbal interaction fashion! Been waiting for that since they last interacted in 2004/2005. Taker didn’t need to have a long promo as Heyman pretty much covered everything. He praised The Streak and Taker. So Taker did what he needed to – one sentence at the end which was his message to Lesnar that Heyman must deliver.
For me, it depends on the character. Long promos, IMO are okay with ABA. But when it comes to the Dark Deadman, short ones work best for me. As we all know, Taker’a a hybrid so I suppose a mix – one time, long promo, another time, short promo, is fine as long as the promo doesn’t drag on which Taker does not do.
- Anan on March 12th, 2014 says:
@THE DEADMAN RULZ:
I loved Taker’s facials, his stare. This is something I never really see anyone comment about. Facials are important to someone’s on-screen persona, but it’s kind of a lost art because no one executes facials better than Taker. There’s at least six important things wrong with today’s wrestling (in no particular order):
1. No competition – Th 90’s provided the stiffest competition WWE will ever face as they were challenged daily by two companies at the same time. Now, there’s no competition. When there’s no competition, businesses can do whatever they want knowing they can get away with it because with no one else around, people will stay with you because you’re the only thing in town.
2. Lack of star power, main event roster – Taker, HHH are part-timers. Jericho comes and goes. Bryan’s great. I’m a fan of his and a fan of a lot of today’s guys. But the Taker’s, the HHH’s are something else and that era is dying.
3. Impatient fans – They change opinions at the drop of a dime, want something new everyday, not willing to let things play out. The Attitude Eras fans, my generation of fans, they were opposite of today’s fans.
4. Internet – With everyone having access, the element of surprise is gone. Jericho’s really the only one who can still maintain that. But if this was the pre-internet era, we wouldn’t know Taker’s real name or when he’d return. People will tune in every night during Mania season because they know he’ll be back. They just don’t know when. Now with the internet, once it was announced on the net he’d return on the 24th, not everyone watched WWE till that date.
5. Art(s) of wrestling dying – Managers, facial expressions, selling, finishing movies, and other things are lost. Even heels and faces because aside from giving the fans high fives as a face or drawing heat from the crowd as a heel, they’re generally more or less the same. And today’s heat is mostly cheap, definitely effective, but cheap compared to the old heels drawing real heat where fans threw a riot, threw bottles, etc at them. Kayfabe….also lost. Taker’s really the only guy, perhaps in the industry to still maintain it.
6. No territories – This is where you learned your craft before hitting the big time. Taker went from spending years in the territories, then went to WCW, then came to WWE. A lot talent of Taker’s era did that. Today, there’s indies, NXT/WWE PC, all great way to gain experience and name value. But in the territory system, you spent maybe 10 or close to 10 years. NXT, it’s 5-7 then straight to to the top. Shield….spent a number of years in WWE, then boom, straight to the top, debuting at a PPV during the closing match and took out every big name the company put in front of them.
- jishva on March 12th, 2014 says:
Man you are God!! haha lol..
no seriously, you spoke my mind, i agree 100% about what you said about the internet,etc…in some portion i think the internet ruined many special element of what pro wrestling was and i also think nowadays we are lack of ‘real gimmick’ star, like taker, mankind, gangrel… if you know what i mean, like everyone were in the ministry of darkness, for example vicera,
nowadays we got the wyatt, goldust and thats all
and i think taker bringing back this beard made the right move.. (he always does)
- THE DEADMAN RULZ on March 12th, 2014 says:
Absolutely. What can be said? What can be done? 🙂 Technology is a necessary evil. It actually renders imagination dead. It is due to this, that people, fans, kids change on a dime. When guys like us state that we have been Taker fans for two and a half decades, fans of today consider it stupid and weird. But, that is reality. Nothing can be done.
Taker maintains all the textbook rules. Selling and to be able to sell are primary attractions pf pro wrestling. Yet, as you so correctly stated, stars of today don’t know how to sell. Take Cena for example. He is a big name. After ‘hellacious’ battles, if he wins, goes straight up and celebrates. Taker on the other hand sells injuries, exhaustion, limps, falls, imbalance, etc.
Your post felt good. It really shows that our days have changed.
- Anan on March 12th, 2014 says:
@THE DEADMAN RULZ:
You’re right about everything you said.
I left out promos in my last comment. Today, promos don’t feel real, don’t come off as organic because they are entirely scripted and are memorized and read by people who resemble real life people instead having an actual gimmick persona like Taker foe example. Of course, not everyone can have that character. The only exceptions to this are Bray Wyatt and perhaps Dean Ambrose. Ziggler’s improving though. Rock, Austin, Jericho, Punk, Paul Heyman, they were always good at cutting promos. Stars from Taker’s era had bullet points and went from there to produce the most organically promos they could do. That doesn’t just pertain to wrestlers though. Backstage interviewers, commentators, managers whenever they spoke….my point goes for them too.
Indies….Yeah it seems to be that way. I also view ROH in the same vein. It’s not an indie. But WWE signs talent from there so in terms of gaining experiece prior to going to WWE, ROH or NJPW, like the indies, help talents gain experience and get their name out there. THat’s one thing ROH, MJPW, and the indies have in common – allowing wrestlers to get their name out there, gain experience, and an alternative of they leave WWE. Chris Hero’s a great example of that. WWE dropped the ball IMO by letting him go and he ended up back to the indies, I believe. AJ Styles….let go by TNA, went back to ROH and is now, accoring to reports I read is headed to NJPW, the place MVP spent time in after being let go from WWE before he went to TNA.
Drake Younger…..whenever I read about a new signing, I always look that talent up to view their work and see reviews from people who’ve witnessed their work. Did this for The Wyatts, The Shield, Chris Hero, Eddie Edwards, Davey Richards, Prince Devitt, Sin Cara/Mistico, Drake Younger, Paige and everyone else.
NXT ArRIVAL….recommend this if anyone hasn’t seen it.
Divas…..how awesome was Paige vs Natalya? I liked the Paige/Emma series too. But Paige/Natalya was better because it had two women’s wrestlers with a rich wrestling background as their families are involved in the industry. They’d made a great Mania match as wel las a very formidable Divas tag team. If they add Tamina Snuka to their team, oh forget about it, they’d be unstoppable in the Divas division and can probably beat a few guys too, like 3MB for instance. If only the main Divas division would get the same attention as the NXT version.