It was the Dream Team against The Million Dollar Team. Dusty Rhodes and Ted DiBiase were in the midst of a good-old southern style blood feud. DiBiase first lured Sapphire away with money and luxuries beyond her wildest dreams. DiBiase then did the unthinkable on national television and would violently attack Dusty’s son, Dustin. DiBiase would leave Dustin a bloody mess, setting up Rhodes and DiBiase to lead teams for the upcoming Survivor Series PPV. Rhodes would tab The Hart Foundation and Koko B. Ware and DiBiase would recruit Rhythm and Blues. DiBiase promised a mystery partner, and just who would it be? DiBiase entered the ring and would address the audience:
[adinserter block=”1″]“Without further ado, I’ll introduce to you my mystery partner. Lead to the ring by his manager, Brother Love, weighing in at 325 pounds, from Death Valley, I give you The Undertaker. *DiBiase Laughter*“-Survivor Series 1990 (November 22nd, 1990)
With those words, the wrestling world including the 16,000 fans at the Hartford Civic Center would turn their heads to the entrance. Just what exactly was this so called Undertaker and why was he associating himself with Brother Love of all people? As the funeral March played a man walked out wearing a black coat, hat, gloves and boots. The man wasn’t a weakling or some fat guy; this guy looked like a monster. In an era in-which workers wore flashy colors, a man wearing all black was something different. He walked with a purpose every step towards the ring drawing the interest of the crowd. While we had wrestlers who did the same thing, there was something different about this guy. As the bell rang, he just stood there showing no emotion, a cold emotionless killer. What we were witnessing was the beginning of something special.
From there, The Undertaker was more or less booked perfectly as he never left his feet. Bret Hart went at him first and he cut the Excellence of Execution down with ease. Jim Neidhart couldn’t knock him down and Taker slammed him with ease. Koko B. Ware tried going to the air as he simply moved out of the way and Ware hit the ropes throat first. Ware would be the first of many victims that would feel The Tombstone Piledriver for the first elimination. The Undertaker would eliminate Dusty Rhodes with a top-rope Double Axe Handle. Taker would get counted out assaulting Rhodes, but the impact had been made.
For the rest of 1990 and into 1991, The Undertaker would rampage through the lower section of the WWE roster with Brother Love at his side. His squash matches were short and brutal, with the reactions of the children in attendance shown. Kids were either placing their faces in their parents to avoid seeing him or just sit there frozen in fear. This might come off as crazy, but I thought that The Undertaker was much scarier with Brother Love. There was just something about the bombastic Brother Love leading this monster in black down to ringside. Alas, the relationship was not meant to last, as Brother Love would introduce the new manager of The Undertaker: Paul Bearer. Bearer, who looked paler than Sheamus was a ghoulish owner of a funeral parlor and added another dimension to The Undertaker character. Bearer was in possession of an urn that seemingly controlled The Undertaker. The matching of both men would work, both guys would click together and Bearer would be by The Undertaker’s side until 1996.
From here, The Undertaker would more or less squash the ham and eggers on television, and being matched up with lower-midcard guys on the house show circuit. He really hadn’t made much of a splash so far, eliminating three people in the Rumble but not much else. The Undertaker would get a coveted spot at WrestleMania VII, facing Jimmy Snuka. It wasn’t much of a match, Taker vanquished Snuka in four minutes, but it was the start of something special. While many people would automatically forget the match minutes after it ended, it was the birth of something special.
[adinserter block=”2″]The Streak: 1-0
After this, The Undertaker would receive a push that would launch him into the main event scene, feuding with the two biggest faces in the company.
Up Next: The Funeral Parlor Attack, An Alliance Forged and The Gravest Challenge
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