At Sunday’s Survivor Series, WWE will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Undertaker, arguably its most iconic star, and a wrestler who has remained loyal to the company through thick and thin.
Though he’s since gone on to be best-known for his legendary undefeated streak at WrestleMania – a run that stretched all the way to 21-0 before his defeat at the hands of Brock Lesnar at the event in 2014 – Undertaker actually made his official on-camera debut on November 22, 1990 at Survivor Series, when he was revealed as the mystery partner on Ted DiBiase’s “Million-Dollar Team.” Soon, he was one of the biggest names in pro wrestling, thanks in no small part to his menacing, macabre gimmick, and over the next two decades, he’d win WWE’s World title on numerous occasions and take part in no shortage of memorable matches.
What makes Undertaker’s career truly legendary is not just its length, but also its overall quality. And though he turned 50 in March, ‘Taker is still capable of putting on standout matches, as this year’s wars with Lesnar at SummerSlam and Hell in a Cell proved. What’s more, he’s shown an unwavering ability to change with the times, shifting into roles like the Lord of Darkness and the American Bad-Ass, and continually reinventing what many believed to be a one-note character when he first debuted.
So as he prepares to take on Bray Wyatt’s evil cult this Sunday, let’s take a look back at the Undertaker’s most memorable moments – with a little help from the evilest of all domesticated animals, cats. Just like ‘Taker, they’ve got nine lives; and as he’s done throughout his career, they always land on their feet.