The Undertaker began his career in professional wrestling in 1987 with World Class Championship Wrestling, where he once won the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship; the following year he moved to the Continental Wrestling Association, later known as the United States Wrestling Association, where he wrestled using various gimmicks and won the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship.
After playing briefly in World Championship Wrestling under the ring name "Mean" Mark Callous, in 1990 he signed a contract for the then World Wrestling Federation and debuted at Survivor Series with the gimmick of The Undertaker, a macabre gravedigger who terrorized opponents through scare tactics and links to the supernatural; according to kayfabe, he is Kane's half-brother, with whom he alternated various feuds and alliances in the tag team known as The Brothers of Destruction.
After defeating Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship in 1991, making him the youngest world champion of the time, Undertaker has become the focal point of many pivotal storylines and matches in the history of the federation.
Taker was asked a few questions by Indian movie star Rana Daggubati, who commented on how Taker has been an inspiration since childhood. Rana asked Taker about how he got into his role and transitioned from Mark Calway to The Undertaker.
The Undertaker on his WWE career
"Almost immediately when it was presented that to me by Vince, he basically showed me The Undertaker, he gave me the name, and then he showed me the storyboard and drawings of the character," Taker recalled.
"And immediately I was mesmerized, this is so different from what anybody has been doing just from visuals not even getting into the characteristics of it. And then, he kind of gave me what The Undertaker is about, what he thought the Undertaker was.
I liked it. I liked it a lot and as it started to develop the character more and more, I became that guy. You can test it sometimes when you take a role you become that. I have done it for 30 years. I think that's why it comes off so genuine to the people, I think that's where the people were really shocked when I did The Last Ride documentary because they got to see the whole other person they got to see but that [they] didn't even really know existed.
Most people were like no, that's not The Undertaker. I am not gonna look into the eyes because he may not like it." Rana then asked about The UnderTaker's iconic entrance and asked about the process Taker went through each time.
Taker noted that a lot depended on the ongoing storyline he had at the time, but the general theme of the entrance was one of death and gloom. "Some of this is based on the actual angles and storylines I may be in," Taker said of his entrance.
"Sometimes that played into it, depends on which phase of The Undertaker I was doing. The general theme was death is on the way... that's the atmosphere we always try to create... the gloom that is standing. Someone standing in the ring waiting for me.
All the fire and the thunder... it just created the atmosphere, the mystique, just what's gonna happen in the long walk to the ring."