The story on how The Undertaker got his ring name

Dec 5, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck

Arda Ocal posted an interview with WWE hall of famer Sgt. Slaughter in the Baltimore Sun. Here in recalls the story behind Mark Calaway becoming The Undertaker…

Sarge also shared an interesting story about The Undertaker’s name.

“We would have meetings after shows to talk about what happened and plan things out creatively,” Slaughter said. “The topic turned to Mark and Vince said he had an idea for a character name and he brought up the name Paul Bearer. The next day I went to Vince and I said I didn’t really care for that name for Mark in particular. I thought he looked different than that, and Vince said ‘like an Undertaker?’ and I said yeah! Maybe we should do Paul Bearer as his manager.”

The Undertaker would debut at the 1990 Survivor Series and assume the name “Cain the Undertaker” for a short period of time, with Brother Love as his manager before the late, great William Moody joined him as Paul Bearer.

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