The Undertaker’s remarkable career spans more than three decades, during which he has consistently sacrificed his body to captivate audiences and rightfully earned his status as a living legend. His influence on the professional wrestling industry is unmatched, as he has endured through various eras in the business. Despite enduring significant physical strain, The Deadman has consistently delivered unforgettable performances, cementing his place as a timeless icon in the world of pro wrestling. In fact, he made his wrestling debut because he looked similar to a WWE Hall Of Famer.
The Deadman was a fixture of WWE television for over thirty years, and he continued to be a highlight of WWE television since the early 90s. He finally retired at Survivor Series 2020 and even got inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame last year.
Back in 1987, The Undertaker attended several World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) events with the hope of securing an opportunity. The promotion’s booker, Fritz Von Erich, was struck by the then-rookie’s resemblance to his late son David, who had tragically passed away in Japan in 1984.
While speaking on Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, The Undertaker stated that Fritz Von Erich told fellow WCCW official Bronko Lubich to book him on a show due to his similarity to David.
“Fritz had this really deep, gravelly voice. He was like, ‘Who’s that kid out there?’ He [Lubich] is like, ‘He’s been coming here for weeks. He’s trying to get booked.’ I heard him say it. I was like [eyes wide open]. He goes, ‘Book him Friday night. He looks just like David.’ I was much bigger [than David Von Erich], but my hair, my face and everything, I looked like him.”
The Undertaker also had an interesting segment with Bray Wyatt last month on Monday Night RAW. We will have to wait and see what’s next in store for the WWE Hall Of Famer, now that he is retired for good.
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