The Undertaker - What is Real and What is an Urban Legend

World Wrestling Federation's Wrestler Undertaker Poses June 12, 2000 In Los Angeles, Ca.
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Due to the nature and length of the Undertaker gimmick, there are many myths and urban legends about his career. This article will separate what is real from what is fake.

Introduction as Kane

Legend: The Undertaker was introduced as Kane the Undertaker in his WWE debut.
False: He was introduced as the Undertaker at the 1990 Survivor Series. This urban legend goes on to say that he was also called Kane for the first few weeks he appeared on TV.

That part of the legend is true.

Multiple Undertakers

Legend: The man playing the part of the Undertaker today is a different person than the one who started out as the Undertaker.
False: Mark Calloway is the man that has always portrayed the Undertaker. However, there was one angle where there was a fake Undertaker. The wrestler that portrayed the fake Undertaker in 1994 was Brian Lee.

Undertaker Teaming with Sid Vicious
Legend: Prior to becoming the Undertaker, Mark Callaway was part of a dominant WCW tag team with Sid Vicious called the Skyscrapers.
False: Mark Callaway replaced Sid in the Skyscrapers. They were never in the team at the same time. At the time, Mark Callaway wrestled as "Mean" Mark Callous. His Skyscraper teammate was Danny Spivey. When Spivey left WCW, he was replaced by a masked Skyscraper for one match. The masked Skyscraper was played by Mike Enos.

The Undertaker's Relationship to Kane

Legend: Kane and the Undertaker are brothers in real-life.

False: In storylines they are half-brothers. In real-life, they are not related.

The Undertaker's Relationship to Sara
Legend: Sara was the wife of the Undertaker.
True: WWE fans were introduced to the character of Sara in 2001. WWE fans were informed that she was the wife of the Undertaker. In real-life, she was the wife of Mark Callaway.

The two have since divorced and he is now married to Michelle McCool.

The Managers of the Undertaker
Legend: The Undertaker was managed by someone else prior to Paul Bearer.
True: The original manager of the Undertaker in the WWE was Brother Love.


Paul Bearer's Pre-Wrestling Career
Legend: The Undertaker's former manager, Paul Bearer, was a mortician in real-life.
True: Paul Bearer was a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.