Since his last match (for now?) against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36the countdown to Undertaker’s WWE Hall of Fame induction has been on.
That timer will go off on Fri. April 1.
This morning, the company announced Taker as the first member of the class of 2022. The New York Post got the scoop about the 7 time WWE World champion, Royal Rumble winner, and owner of WrestleMania’s legendary “The Streak” — going from 1991-2004 at the Showcase of the Immortals with 21 wins and no losses.
Here’s WWE’s write-up honoring the Dead Man ahead of his induction, which also confirms this year’s Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place after SmackDown on the eve on WrestleMania 38.
In an extraordinary career that spanned three decades, The Undertaker loomed over the WWE landscape like a menacing shadow, spelling out doom for those who dared cross him. Imbued with seemingly mystical abilities and preternatural in-ring skill, the legendary Phenom operated on his own level.
First introduced in 1990’s Survivor Series, The Demon of Death Valley was soon battling with Hulk Hogan, then at the top of the food chain in WWE. This clash set the tone for Undertaker’s dominant career. No one was too big, and no one was safe from his gloved grip.
A multi-time WWE and World Heavyweight Champion, a seven-time tag team title holder and a Royal Rumble Match winner in 2007, Undertaker has cemented his place among the greatest in the game. A true in-ring pioneer, he was part of many WWE firsts, including the first-ever Casket Match at Survivor Series 1992, the first-ever Buried Alive Match in 1996 and the inaugural Hell in a Cell Match in 1997.
But there was one achievement that stood out above all others that is unlikely to ever be topped. Since WrestleMania VII in 1991, The Undertaker maintained a winning streak on The Grandest Stage of Them All that grew to an astounding 21-0, with milestone victories over the likes of Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Randy Orton , Diesel, Kane and so many more. Only Brock Lesnar proved capable of upending The Last Outlaw in his yard, snapping The Streak in an earth-shocking upset at WrestleMania 30. The iconic Superstar closed the book on his Showcase of the Immortals career with an astonishing 25-2 record, most recently scoring an incredible victory over AJ Styles in a Boneyard Match.
Undertaker’s incomparable career concluded at Survivor Series on Nov. 22, 2020 when The Deadman retired, fitly at the same event he debuted and exactly 30 years to the day he first stepped into a WWE ring.
In the face of all challenges, The Deadman would rise time and time again, stronger and mightier than ever to serve as sports-entertainment’s grim reaper of justice with his name permanently etched like an epitaph on the history books of WWE. No grave could hold him, no god could claim him and no devil would have him. In the end, there would only be one suitable resting place for the almighty Deadman: the WWE Hall of Fame.
Don’t miss The Undertaker take his place in sports-entertainment history during the 2022 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, April 1, streaming live exclusively on Peacock in the US and WWE Network everywhere else.
While signs continue to point to The Phenom’s in-ring career being over, this is just the latest sign Mark Calaway is WWE for life. The ceremony at Dallas’ American Airlines Center on April 1 figures to be as big a celebration of what Calaway and his character have meant to Vince McMahon’s company as The Last Ride docuseries and his Farewell at Survivor Series 2020 were.
And this time, fans will be a part. Should be a special night.