The Undertaker, one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, is finally given the recognition he deserves. He is the latest member of the WWE Hall of Fame, confirmed as the first wrestler in the class of 2022.
An absolute icon, The Undertaker had a career that spanned over three decades. In this period, he amassed an incomparable resume. He won numerous WWE World Championships, including six Tag Team world titles.
Undertaker, whose real name is Mark Calaway, possessed mystical abilities that kept him at the top of the wrestling world for many years. ‘The Streak’ demonstrated his superhuman ability to rise to the occasion.
The Deadman had an unbelievable 21-fight win streak, starting from Wrestlemania VIII. He ultimately lost at Wrestlemania 30 to Brock Lesnar. This unprecedented win streak cements his legacy as one of the best. It is an astonishing record.
He made his final farewell on an emotional night at Survivor Series 2020.
Finally, The Undertaker will be immortalised in the Hall of Fame.
The Undertaker: WWE Hall of Famer
In a Press Release, the WWE confirmed the long-awaited news.
They announced that ‘The Phenom’ will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The ceremony will take place on Friday, April 1, and will make up part of Wrestlemania week.
Calaway’s enshrinement will allow him to be a part of yet another WWE first. For the first time ever, WWE will present Friday Night Smackdown, and the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony live on the same night. This unique occasion gives fans an unmissable night of action.
Of course, speculation is circling as to who may join Undertaker in the class of 2022. WWE have yet to officially announce any other members; meanwhile, some fans have called for a solo induction for the legendary wrestler.
Fans are also discussing who may present Calaway’s induction. A popular choice may be his ‘Brothers of Destruction’ tag team partner, Kane. Alternatively, one Twitter user wants fellow Hall of Fame inductee Teddy Long to do the honours.
Why did it take so long?
Many question why it took the WWE so long to put one of their most significant competitors in the Hall of Fame. After all, The Deadman retired in 2020. Why didn’t the WWE induct him in 2021?
The pandemic might have delayed Calaway’s induction. COVID 19 severely impacted the 2021 ceremony, causing a lack of fan presence. As a result, Dave Bautista delayed his own induction, preferring to wait for the fans.
Maybe WWE did the same thing for The Undertaker. They know that he deserved proper enshrinement in the presence of the legions of fans that he gained during his illustrious career.