25 Years of the Undertaker: 1991

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1991

Coming off an impressive debut the Undertaker was proving he was going to be a dominant force in the WWE. Beginning in 1991, there was one crucial element added to the presentation of the Undertaker–Paul Bearer. Bearer was introduced on the Brother Love show as the new manager of the Undertaker and so began this legendary duo.

Paul Bearer was a part of many firsts for the Undertaker in 1991 from his first win at Wrestlemania to his first Title. The Undertaker continued to dominate local enhancement talent. At house shows he was defeating the massive Tugboat nightly who it appeared was going to be Undertaker’s opponent at Wrestlemania.

Wrestlemania. The Grandest stage of them all is an event that remains heavily connected to the Undertaker. At Wrestlemania VII, the Undertaker ending up squaring off against Jimmy Snuka. He made short work of the Superfly and here started the Undertaker’s first of 21 consecutive wins at the WWE’s biggest event.

Upon forming a creepy alliance with Jake Roberts, Undertaker would move on to feud with the Ultimate Warrior, often losing by disqualification. Undertaker who at the time would place jobbers in bodybags after demolishing them was set to square off against the Warrior in the unique Bodybag match. The Undertaker was an innovator of many unique match styles throughout his career and it began first with the bodybag. This was followed by Casket Matches with Sid Vicious. With participation in these specialty matches, rarely would you anyone pin the Undertaker. One man who would pin the Undertaker in 1991 would be Tito Santana on a World Tour, but even good guy Tito Santana would resort to using the Undertaker’s own urn to knock him out for the three count, proving that no man could truly go toe-to-toe with the Deadman.

As 1991 progressed the Undertaker would step in the ring with Hall of Fame names such as Jim Duggan, Randy Savage and Roddy Piper en route to perhaps the biggest name at the time–Hulk Hogan. Undertaker would challenge the Hulkster in what was being billed as Hogan’s Gravest Challange. With much outside interference, the Undertaker would defeat Hulk Hogan to win his first WWE World Championship after just over a year in the company. Following this achievement the title would later be vacated and a winner would be crowned at the start of the new year in the 1992 Royal Rumble. Would the Undertaker enter 1992 as the WWE Champion?

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