The Undertaker's gimmick has two opposing identities; the first is the "Deadman", based on the theme of horror, an undead and a macabre entity that through intimidating tactics and psychological torture terrifies opponents.
The "Deadman" has had several versions. Undertaker's television debut, which took place in the Survivor Series in 1990, saw the introduction of his first version: here he played a funeral director of the west, he wore a black suit with gray accessories and was insensitive to pain.
The Undertaker was one of the most prominent figures of the Attitude Era, a boom period in the company's business in the latter 1990s. His character transitioned into a biker in the early 2000s, before returning to a refined version of his previous gimmick in 2004.
The Undertaker is heavily associated with WWE's flagship annual event, WrestleMania, where he became known for The Streak, a series of 21 straight victories, and he headlined the event on five occasions. In a recent interview with Sam Roberts, Taker discussed his infamous Hell in a Cell match with Mick Foley.
The Undertaker on Mick Foley
“I was trying to focus and hoping that he could move. Honestly, that was really close to being catastrophic. It really was, and like I said, he’d already taken the bump off the top. Although that one was planned, that was no easy — that is not easy to do.
It ain’t easy on the body. And then this happens, and he landed in such a funky way. I didn’t know that he was going to get up, so I’m having to think, I need to get down there for one and check on him. But man, I was legit scared for what the results were going to be.
That’s just a tough son of a gun man. Most people don’t get up from that like he did. Again, he got up and finished the match, and I’m trying to talk to him. And I’m like, ‘Mick Foley, let’s go.
Let’s go home [as in end the match].’ All he wanted to do, he said, ‘We gotta get to the [thumb] tacks. We gotta get to the tacks.’ ‘Are you s***ting me?! Really?!’. I was looking at his — I had no idea what it was at the time — but his tooth went through his lip and got end up lodged in his nostril.
You could look in his eyes and tell there was nobody home. He knew that you had to get to the thumb tacks, and that was the finish. I was pleading with him because like, ‘Man, Mick, can we go home?’ Because you could tell he was not there" - The Undertaker recalled.