He has become a symbol and personification of loyalty, respect, integrity and reverence within the professional wrestling industry. His longevity in the business is rivalled by very few. His devotion and undying conviction to his craft has left an indelible mark on the Sports Entertainment/Pro Wrestling world.
His awe-inspiring and bone-chilling entrance alone, which is preceded by the iconic gong, has enthralled, entranced and captivated audiences of different configurations worldwide.
The Phenom has spent more than half of his life working for one company and for one man, especially when there was a time where he was seeing the competition(WCW) raiding the roster inside out luring them using astronomical monetary incentives.
He is the longest-tenured and longest-serving performer for the multi-million dollar conglomerate. Nobody could have maintained and sustained the inherent mystique of ‘The Undertaker’ quite as well, for the better part of a quarter of a century.
Having been a part of the professional wrestling industry for over three decades now, it’s no surprise that The Last Outlaw has made quite a bit of money. According to numerous sources, The Dead Man has an estimated net worth of $16m. This number comfortably puts him in the list of the top 10 richest professional wrestlers in the world.
The Undertaker was born in March of 1965 as Mark Calaway in Houston, Texas.
Right from a very young age, The Undertaker took a liking to sports as he was a member of his high school basketball and football teams. After contemplating a career in basketball, Calaway decided to become a professional wrestler.
The first six years of his wrestling career involved stints in World Class Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, United States Wrestling Association and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
During his brief stays in the aforementioned promotions, Calaway performed under a variety of names and gimmicks such as Texas Red, The Master of Pain, The Punisher, The Punisher Dice Morgan and ‘Mean’ Mark Callous.
The Undertaker made his WWE debut, after his WCW release, at Survivor Series 1990 and has been the heartbeat of the WWE ever since. He has broadly performed under two gimmicks– The mortician-inspired Deadman (variations) (21 years) and the American BadAss (3 years).
In the WWE, The Undertaker has been a multiple time WWE Champion, World Champion, Tag Team Champion, Hardcore Champion and a Royal Rumble winner. However, his greatest accomplishment is considered to be his two-decade long streak of Wrestlemania wins which was ended by The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania XXX
Living more than half of his life in the professional wrestling industry, a large portion of his total earnings and income has been through his contracts as a performer. As a full-time talent in the 1990s, Undertaker earned amounts ranging from approximately $400,000-$700,000 amidst the dire straits and the financial peril of the WWE during that period.
As the company continued its rise and popularity after the turn of the millennium, the downside guaranteed of The Phenom was on the verge of going in the seven figures range. At various points in the decade of 2000s, his base salary kept on increasing from $700,000 to $890,000 to $950,000 to now where it surpassed the $1m mark.
Just like the other top-tier talents, The Demon from Death Valley also yields income in addition to the base courtesy of the bonus structure in place. He gets a portion (estimated to be 7% according to the latest estimates) from merchandise sales and licensing.
He is also entitled to first-class air travel, accommodations and PPV revenue share. The Undertaker transitioned into a sporadic performer since 2010, mostly making his appearances during Wrestlemania season and wrestling at Wrestlemania being one of the main draws for the Granddaddy of them all.
He is now under a part-time contract. According to the 2016 estimates, The Undertaker netted close to $2.3m inclusive of basics and other cuts.
Mark Calaway later ventured in the world of real estate business when he invested in a $2.7m building in Loveland, Colarado along with his business partner Scott Everhart called ‘Calahart’; which is an amalgamation of their last names.
Mark Calaway currently resides in a real estate in Austin, Texas, which consists of a large driveway, massive swimming pool and host of other amenities, along with his wife and former WWE diva Michelle McCool. Fun Fact – The Undertaker once rented this house to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie when they were on a shoot in Texas.
The Undertaker is a noted bike enthusiast as it was evident by his biker persona from 2000-2003. His collection includes Harley Davidson models and Western Club Choppers. He is also a huge fan of cars and one of his prized possession is a 1978 Mercedes-Benz.
The Undertaker has also appeared in a few television programmes, like ‘Poltergeist: The Legacy’, ‘Off the Record with Michael Landsberg’, ‘Celebrity Death match’ and ‘Downtown’. He also acted in some movies, including ‘Suburban Commando’ and ‘Beyond the Mat’.
The Undertaker has also done his bit in the field of philanthrophy. With his ex-wife Sara, The Undertaker established a fund-raising charitable institute, called The Zeus Compton Calaway Save the Animals fund. This organisation is situated at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
Due to his longevity and loyalty, The Undertaker has carved out an inimitable legacy for himself and no wrestler commands more respect in the business than the Phenom himself.
He recognized that wrestling would not help him to sustain in the long run and made some shrewd business investments which will supplement him long after his generous Wrestlemania paydays will be over
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