XIII: Long Live The Undertaker

The Early Days

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The first person I saw on WWE television. WWE SummerSlam. 1994.

One of my childhood memories I kept looking back was around the early 1990s, when my dad popped on the VHS of SummerSlam 1994 and I saw the TV screen go black and purple, and a silhouette of a man in black coat and hat emerged from it. As that man slowly walked with this horror-movie-like music, and a healthy-looking old man rejoicing with a light-beaming container, I slowly learned the man’s name and the type of show my dad and I were watching—the man making his way to the ring is The Undertaker, the healthy-looking old man is his manager Paul Bearer, the container Mr. Bearer was holding is an urn that controls ‘Taker’s powers,  and I was watching my very first pro wrestling event and match.

Back then, the feeling of seeing his entrance was something out of this world and it so awe-inspiring in a very positive way, I knew by then he is going to be my favorite wrestler in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

The Internet was not accessible to many people that time, of course there was no WWE Network to tune in, and the Philippines was really late when it comes WWF programming. But I kept tuning in whenever I can and cheer on The Undertaker as he beat his adversaries like Bret “The Hitman” Hart, “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels, Mankind, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kane and many more.

Sure, the few wrestlers I mentioned have their own great move sets, looks, and entrances. But I truly believe that whether he is a face (a good guy) or a heel (a bad guy), nothing is more badass and more powerful than the all-black-wearing, grave-digging, soul-taking “Man from the Dark Side”.

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