Going back to an era where WWE had a more cartoonish feel, the Undertake debuted to a roaring crowd at the 1990 Survival Series. He was vibrantly colourful with his wrestling attires. He was a character you would never expect in the “Attitude Era” but he would last more than 30 years in the ever changing business. When The Undertaker made his debut, it was truly a sight to behold for wrestling fans.
The stage was set at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut, with a traditional Survivor Series tag-team match scheduled. The Dream Team was made up of team captain Dusty Rhodes, Koko B Ware, Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart, while the Million Dollar Team was comprised of leader Ted DiBiase, Greg Valentine, The Honky Tonk Man and a mystery partner.
It meant that the Million Dollar Man came down to the ring to introduce the remaining member of his team. From the moment that The Undertaker’s macabre funeral-style theme played to his ominous walk down to the ring with then-manager Brother Love, a wrestling legend was already born.
Almost three decades later, watching that very same entrance back in its entirety is worthwhile for the crowd’s reaction alone. For its time, a wrestler like The Undertaker had never been seen before. His long dark trench coat, his iconic hat and even that classic striped tie he wore for his earlier outfits made him look like he had been plucked straight from a horror film.
The Undertaker will retire sometime in the near future, but he is still a top level superstar 30 years after his first WWE match.