25 Years of the Undertaker: 1994



The Royal Rumble is the first pay-per-view event of the year and at the 1994 Royal Rumble it would be WWE Champion Yokozuna versus the Undertaker in a Casket Match. As large and intimdating as Yokozuna was, he along with Jim Cornette and Mr. Fuji enlisted the help of former and future foes of the Undertaker to seal the casket and help Yokozuna retain his championship. The Undertaker would rise to the rafters after this and promise he would not “rest in peace”.

This would lead to a long absence of the Undertaker, with the Undertaker missing his first Wrestlemania since his debut. In that time, the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase would bring back a man claiming to be the Undertaker but fans could tell this man was clearly a fraud. Eventually Paul Bearer would announce that his Undertaker was returning and would destroy this impostor (fans dubbed him the “Underfaker”). At Summerslam 1994, the Undertaker would re-emerge from the darkness with a new look; purple gloves, boots and tie and even more devastating offense. The Undertaker would destroy this impostor and that would be the last of the Underfaker.

The Undertaker would later garner his revenge on Yokozuna in a rematch at Survivor Series in a Casket Match. Chuck Norris was hired to be a special guest ring enforcer to ensure no outside interference. King Kong Bundy and Bam Bam Bigelow, members of the Million Dollar Corporation came down to test Chuck Norris, however IRS another member would interfere and beat down the Undertaker. Despite these efforts, the Undertaker would prove to be victorious and close the lid on his feud with Yokozuna. Nonetheless, it looked like Ted DiBiase was set to get revenge on the Undertaker and would be sending Million Dollar Coporation members after the Undertaker until he was eliminated from the World Wrestling Federation.


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