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The 31 scariest Superstars ever!
What's your fear? Is it snakes? Heights? The dark? Whatever horror keeps you awake at night, there's a sadistic Superstar that has used these terrors to prey on their opponents.
From twisted morticians to blood-thirsty vampires, bizarre Superstars have always crept around the WWE locker room. Now, in honor of horror maestro Wes Craven, WWE.com is journeying to the dark side of sports-entertainment to unearth the definitive list of the 31 most horrifying competitors of all time.
Scared? You should be.
The Sinister Minister
The Sinister Minister didn’t debut in ECW until 2000, but with his bright red suit and demonically long fingernails, he quickly became one of the Extreme organization’s most terrifying performers. And that’s saying something. The Minster’s natural talents originally led to him becoming a narrator of sorts for ECW’s television show — their very own hardcore Cryptkeeper. But it wasn’t until he was paired with Mikey Whipwreck that he truly began terrorizing ECW.
The Minister seemed to have control over the former underdog ECW Champion. Mikey dyed his hair a blazing crimson to match his new devilish lord’s suit and was paired with Yoshihiro Tajiri as The Unholy Alliance. As frenetic as they were in the ring, their backstage interviews were simultaneously comical, bizarre and frightening. As Mikey and Tajiri cackled in crazed delight, The Sinister Minister would conjure up fireballs straight out of his hands.
“Smart, articulate, creative, with a wicked sense of humor,” Paul Heyman said of The Minister. “No one was more warped in the warped world of ECW than The Sinister Minister.” — ZACH LINDER
The Wild Samoans
From the part of the world known as Samoa have come a great number of tough individuals who have dominated the squared circle through the years. But few Superstars from the fabled isle have intimidated fans and crushed opponents quite like The Wild Samoans.
Afa and Sika showed signs of being very primitive in their wrestling style, but could exhibit a side of viciousness on a moment’s notice, which was a downright scary sight to see. Managed by Captain Lou Albano, The Wild Samoans were three-time WWE Tag Team Champions, and their unique in-ring success garnered them placement as part of the WWE Hall of Fame’s 2007 Class. — HOWARD FINKEL
In 1994, a new, brutal type of Diva emerged in WWE in the form of big Bull Nakano. With spiked green hair and creepy, spider web–like designs painted on her face, Nakano arrived in WWE with one goal in mind: devastate the Divas division.
Armed with the intimidating combination of size and freakish athleticism that allowed her to execute aerial maneuvers like moonsaults off the top rope, Nakano was a beastly foe for any Diva. However, it was her all-out, animalistic nature that made her a truly unique competitor who viciously roared, grunted and groaned her way through the division.
Though the ferocious Japanese oddity was only on the WWE roster for one year, her jaw-dropping ruthlessness from the opening bell would leave a lasting impression on her adversaries, the entire Divas locker room and WWE Universe. In her brief time in WWE, Nakano cemented herself as one of the most barbaric Divas to ever step through the ropes. — JAKE GRATE
When an individual spends time in prison, many times they hope for rehabilitation to become a better part of society upon their release. That certainly was not the case for Nailz, the ex-con who set his sights on his former corrections officer, The Big Boss Man, in 1992. Revenge was his only motive as Nailz claimed he was mistreated in prison by the lawful Superstar. It was a dangerous time for Boss Man, as Nailz stood at nearly 7-feet tall in his prison-issued jumpsuit and spoke with an angry growl that frightened the younger members of the WWE Universe.
After decimating numerous opponents, Nailz had his opportunity to battle The Big Boss Man in a Nightstick Match. Though the crook was unsuccessful in the bout, his anger did not subside and he stood toe-to–toe with an equally frightening Superstar — The Undertaker. Thankfully, Nailz left WWE shortly after his confrontation with The Deadman. — KEVIN POWERS
Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon
Growing up in Quebec, Maurice Vachon was a bright, respectable amateur wrestler who refused to let his diminutive 5-foot-7 stature stop him from competing in the 1948 Olympic Games. But when he was reborn as the “Mad Dog” in Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association in the late ’50s, Vachon became something different altogether.
A stout, furry pit bull of a man with a voice like gargled sand and teeth like an old picket fence, Vachon terrorized much larger opponents with an uncommon cruelty in the squared circle. Filing his fingernails until they were razor sharp, “Mad Dog” clawed at rivals like The Crusher and Verne Gagne and gnawed on foreheads until he pierced the skin. Once, before a match with Jerry Blackwell, he constructed a casket by hand for his opponent. For other Superstars, the stunt would have seemed like an empty bit of intimidation. With Vachon, it was a promise. — RYAN MURPHY
Kevin Thorn & Ariel
“Twilight” be damned. Don’t let that asinine soap opera convince you that vampires are just a bunch of stoic, eternal teenagers brooding in the Pacific Northwest. The best vamps are twisted villains — the kind of guys who will steal your girl and then sink their canines into her jugular. Like Kevin Thorn, the wicked bloodsucker who tormented the WWE re-launch of ECW alongside his fanged female, Ariel, in 2006.
With his demonic intensity and punishing Dark Kiss finishing maneuver, Thorn made Hollywood softie Robert Pattinson look like “Count Duckula” by comparison every time he finished off an ECW Original. And Ariel was the type of woman who had men lining up to be her next victim. The nocturnal couple could have sunk their teeth into a vampire revolution in WWE had they not disappeared in 2007. That bites. — R.M.
The Great Kabuki
For the Texas fans who crammed into the humid Sportatorium on Friday nights to watch World Class Championship Wrestling, the country of Singapore seemed like such a distant and far-off place that it may as well have been Alf’s home planet of Melmac. So when the mysterious Great Kabuki descended on Dallas from the island nation in the late 1970s, crowds reacted like they were seeing an alien.
Stoic, unorthodox and somewhat ghoulish with his crude face paint and greasy black hair, Kabuki and his manager, Gary Hart, brought hell to the beloved Von Erich boys. With his unique martial arts offense and devastating nerve hold, The Great Kabuki was hard to stop, but it was his poisonous Asian mist that made all the difference. Spraying a mysterious liquid into the face of his opponents, Kabuki stopped legends like Jack Brisco and Kerry Von Erich and inspired future standouts like The Great Muta and Tajiri. — R.M.
As a professional wrestler, Swedish strongman Tor Johnson made little impact under the persona of The Super Swedish Angel — a blatant rip-off of sports-entertainment original “The French Angel” Maurice Tillet (more on him later). But as a supporting player in a string of no budget sci-fi and horror flicks, the lumbering Swede became something all the more unique — a cult movie icon.
A member of Z-grade director Edward D. Wood Jr.’s repertory company of castaways and cutouts, the bald, 400-plus pound Johnson trudged his way through so-bad-they’re-good midnight movies like “Bride of the Monster,” “Night of the Ghouls” and Wood’s most notorious turkey “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” In 1994, When Ed Wood’s life was made into a movie by director Tim Burton, the massive pro wrestler was played, appropriately enough, by WWE Hall of Famer George “The Animal” Steele. How's that for type casting? — R.M.
In 1998, a bizarre competitor who spent much of his career in Mexico made his WCW debut. Vampiro’s bizarre face paint and gothic attire immediately made him an intriguing figure in American sports-entertainment. For the first couple years of his WCW tenure, Vampiro was a peculiar but popular competitor. In 2000, he formed an alliance with Sting that seemed to put the face-painted grapplers in a student/teacher role.
However, Vampiro’s union with his would-be mentor soon degraded into a bitter rivalry that saw some of the most brutal contests in WCW history. Sting represented the old guard of the Atlanta-based organization; Vampiro embodied the new, edgier breed of competitor. Striving to make a bigger name for himself against The Stinger, Vampiro became a frightening and nearly reckless ring warrior. During one of his battles with Sting, Vampiro set the WCW-stalwart ablaze and tossed him from a balcony.
Though Vampiro was initially a popular competitor, his brutal battles with Sting — and his lack of intimidation in going toe-to-toe with WCW’s greatest — made him one of the most frightening Superstars ever. — K.P.
The man known as “The Wild Bull of the Pampas” was just that. With his disheveled hair, shaggy beard and beastly growl of a voice, the unpredictable Argentine gave his opponents fits for the better part of three decades.
Extremely unorthodox in the ring once the bell rang, Pampero Firpo wrestled a hardcore style before that method was common. The savage Superstar was willing to do anything to win with most of his victories coming from a powerful bear hug or a claw hold that he called “El Garfio.” His unique persona made him one of the most in-demand talents in the days when wrestling was territorial. — H.F.
Doink the Clown
Doink the Clown is remembered as a goof — the kind of misguided, not-ready-for-the-ring misfire that defined WWE’s slumping pre–Attitude Era days. But the truth is, Doink was less of a Bozo in wrestling boots and more like Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King’s shock novel “It.”
Taking a twisted delight in torturing his opponents, the Superstar “Mean” Gene Okerlund once described as a “sick puppy” brought to light a secret horror that many Superstars had, but few were willing to admit. Technically known as coulrophobia, the abnormal fear of clowns took over many in the WWE Universe as Doink harassed fans and mocked opponents with his mad cackle. The circus freak would take a happier turn in his later years in WWE, but longtime viewers still remember just how creepy a clown can be. — R.M.
Simply put, Ox Baker liked to hurt people. A feared villain for more than three decades, the 6-foot-5 beast from Waterloo, Iowa, was such a dangerous competitor that opponents actually feared for their wellbeing when they stepped in the ring with this intimidating big man. And they had every right to be afraid. According to pro wrestling lore, Ox had ended the lives of two opponents with his devastating finishing maneuver — the heart punch.
Whether or not Baker actually sent men to the funeral home is unclear, but the Superstar’s list of victims, including Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Snuka and Harley Race, is undeniable. Still, the role that truly defined Baker’s legacy as a ring monster was his turn as a post-apocalyptic warrior in John Carpenter’s 1981 sci-fi classic “Escape from New York.” Ox may have been playing the baddest dude in a dystopian prison colony, but the director didn't even have to alter the madman's vicious look. — R.M.
Many competitors have claimed they are the ruler of the squared circle, but only one Superstar has the rightful claim as “the ruler of the world.” Standing at nearly 7-feet tall and tipping the scales at more than 300 pounds, Sid was one of the most physically imposing Superstars in WCW, WWE and ECW. The sadistic competitor didn’t care who stood in his path; his only goals were destruction and deception.
Sid debuted in WWE as Sid Justice and formed alliances with the likes of Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels. But these friendships were simply just a piece in Sid’s larger plan as he manipulated his allies and ultimately betrayed them. Sid’s stature clearly gave him an advantage, but his mind games made him both untrustworthy and frightening to cross. ( WATCH)
The “Sycho” competitor powerbombed his way to numerous championships, including two WWE Titles and two WCW World Titles, making him one of the scariest World Champions ever. — K.P.
The Missing Link
One of the most unique and bizarre Superstars that ever donned a pair of tights, The Missing Link gave new meaning to the term “use your head.”
No one could predict the modus operandi of the head-banging wild man, as he kept his opponents guessing what he was going to do next. Having a series of stints in the Mid-South, WCCW and Florida areas in the 1980s, The Missing Link is best known for his WWE tenure in 1985. Brought in by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, the beast from Parts Unknown wreaked havoc both in and out of the ring, and made life miserable for many in the process. When the uncontrollable caveman became too hard to handle for Heenan, “The Brain” dealt him and Adrian Adonis to Jimmy Hart, in exchange for King Kong Bundy. — H.F.
Straight from The Rocky Mountains came The Man They Call Vader. At The Great American Bash 1990, the 400-plus pound Vader made his WCW debut clad in a horned helmet that looked like something straight out of a science fiction film. Halfway to the ring, Vader removed the massive helmet to reveal his masked visage. Somehow the man himself was even more terrifying. Sporting arms the size of children and a web of red straps gripping his face, The Rocky Mountain Mastodon was as imposing as they come.
Two years later, Big Van Vader manhandled Sting to win the WCW Championship and began a reign of terror he dubbed “Vader Time.” His vicious rivalry with Cactus Jack set new standards for brutality when he severed Jack’s ear in Germany, and he kicked out of Hulk Hogan’s immortal leg drop with authority before executing a Vader Bomb onto The Hulkster. Vader destroyed Antonio Inoki in Japan, brutalized El Canek in Mexico, assaulted WWE President Gorilla Monsoon and even defeated the legendary Undertaker.
Vader towered over his opponents. Vader dominated the competition. But most importantly, Big Van Vader was the man. — Z.L.
There is an old saying that “behind every great man is a great woman.” During the 1980s and 1990s in WCW and WWE, behind every great villain was Sherri Martel.
Known as “Scary” Sherri, the twisted lady was a pioneer for women in sports-entertainment and a true antithesis to another 1980s mainstay, Miss Elizabeth. A former AWA and WWE Women’s Champion, Sherri mastered her craft under the guidance of The Fabulous Moolah. As a manager, Sherri was most closely associated with “Macho King” Randy Savage, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels.
Whenever a competitor matched up against someone who had Sherri in their corner, they had to keep their eye on the tough-as-nails Diva because she was never afraid to get herself physically involved. On more than one occasion, Sherri would break down gender lines and interject herself into the fray to give her competitor an edge. — K.P.
"King" Curtis Iaukea
A veteran of the ring wars for more than 30 years, this native Hawaiian carved himself out an interesting career both in and out of the ring. And carved is an appropriate word for “King” Curtis Iaukea, because he had a scary-looking forehead that resembled a road map of multiple permanent scars he accumulated from the many battles he had.
Outside of his vicious ring style and intimidating appearance, Iaukea was also blessed with a gift of verbal gab and intelligence, which also played with the emotions of both opponents and fans alike. Iaukea is also remembered for being “The Master” of The Dungeon of Doom in WCW. — H.F.
Though he had one of the coolest entrances of WWE’s Attitude Era, Gangrel was a frightening Superstar to behold. After all, he was a vampire. With the entrance stage set ablaze, Gangrel rose from below the entrance stage, carrying a vessel full of familiar red liquid. Showing his fangs to the WWE Universe as he marched toward the ring, the nocturnal competitor kept sharp eyes locked on his potential prey.
Upon entering the ring, Gangrel would drink from his cup and spray the red liquid into the air. As the leader of The Brood, he introduced Edge and Christian as his minions and fit perfectly into the mold of The Undertaker’s supernatural Ministry of Darkness. After splitting from The Ministry, he recruited a new Brood consisting of Matt and Jeff Hardy, but the alliance was short-lived. Regardless, Gangrel was frightening for his pulsating entrance theme, the always ready cup to quench his thirst and a dark influence over younger WWE Superstars. — K.P.
The Wyatt Family
To find a persona as uniquely disturbing as Bray Wyatt, you’d have to go digging through the darkest recesses of the FBI’s file room. Introduced in a series of increasingly bizarre vignettes filmed at his haunting backwoods compound, the self-proclaimed “Eater of Worlds” — with his mad eyes and his skin slick with bayou sweat — appeared startlingly charismatic and supremely unsettling somehow all at once.
By the time he stepped out on Raw with his hillbilly goliaths and a flickering lantern guiding his way, Wyatt instantly unnerved the WWE Universe as he picked apart Kane, terrorized The Miz and — in his single most disturbing moment — walked on his hands with his body inverted like a man possessed. Wyatt’s cryptic speeches have left his objectives unclear, but his ability to instantly upset the mood has made it impossible to look away. — R.M.
Andre the Giant
The first WWE Hall of Famer, Andre the Giant is regarded as one of the most beloved Superstars of all time. For a period in the 1980s, however, “The Eighth Wonder of the World” was the most frightening Superstar in sports-entertainment. One look at the behemoth competitor and it wasn’t terribly difficult to ascertain why.
Andre stood at 7-feet, 4-inches tall and weighed more than 500 pounds. The Grenoble, France, native competed in the 1970s and 1980s and presented a daunting challenge for Superstars like Big John Studd and Hulk Hogan, who themselves were considered larger-than-life.
It was mostly Andre’s size that made him frightening, although during the 1980s, “The Eighth Wonder of the World” had never lost via pinfall or submission and was considered to be undefeated. This presented a daunting challenge for Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III. Andre had his sights set on the WWE Championship and ending Hogan’s three-year reign. Fortunately for The Hulkster, he stared in the face of fear and insurmountable odds and slammed the giant in what became one of WWE’s most defining moments. — K.P.
The Original Sheik
One of the originators of hardcore wrestling, The Original Sheik wasn’t scary in the way vampires or ghosts are. His fearsomeness came from the way he carved up opponents in the squared circle, doing anything to decimate his opponent.
The Syrian madman battered opponents with his bare hands, but wanting more, he drew a sharpened pencil from his trunks and dug into his foe’s forehead, turning them into a crimson mess. If the scarring from the writing utensil wasn’t enough, The Sheik had mastered the art of throwing fire. He charred his opponents’ flesh with fireballs that seemingly appeared out of nowhere.
The Original Sheik, not content with wreaking havoc in his home territory in Detroit, as well as Japan, passed on his extreme knowledge to his nephew Sabu. The death-defying maniac took his uncle’s hardcore sensibilities and cranked them up to 11, putting his own body on the line to inflict damage on whoever crossed his path. — B.M.
Paul Bearer’s persona was somewhat ghoulish and ghostly, yet his role in representing the Superstars he aligned himself with gave him everlasting recognition in the WWE Universe. Bearer’s trademark quivering, high-pitched voice and his “power of the urn” made a perfect accompaniment to the legendary Undertaker, and overall, their association was a successful one. Bearer also aligned himself for a brief time with Mankind back in the mid-1990s, in addition to revealing his “son” Kane in 1997 and then guiding his fortunes on many an occasion.
Whether it was a “trick” or a “treat” that came from the mind of Paul Bearer, it went a long way into making him one of the most unique personalities to have ever appeared in WWE. — H.F.
Following in the psychotic footsteps of her father, “Butcher,” and her uncle, “Mad Dog,” Luna carried on the twisted legacy of the legendary Vachon family in WWE. With her wild mohawk, bloodcurdling screams and a sneer that never seemed to leave her face, the second-generation competitor didn’t fit the mold of a typical WWE Diva, but that's because she never wanted to.
“In a world full of butterflies, it takes guts to be a caterpillar,” Vachon told WWE.com in 2007. It was this tough attitude that carried Luna from the rough rings of Japan and Extreme Championship Wrestling to the top of WWE Women’s division. A fearless associate to memorably unique Superstars like Bam Bam Bigelow and Goldust, Vachon would rather cause pain than look pretty. Unfortunate opponents like Sable and Jacqueline have the scars to prove it. — R.M.
Papa Shango painted his face like a skeletal demon, wore a bizarre stove pipe hat and a necklace made of bones and carried a smoke-billowing skull to the ring. For a year and a half in the early 1990s, the witch doctor frightened anybody who watched WWE programming.
In the gargantuan voodoo wizard’s most notable moment, Shango cast a spell on Ultimate Warrior that made the former WWE Champion to vomit and caused a thick black liquid to pour from his head. While most such acts would be brushed off by the WWE Universe as merely entertainment, WWE fans never doubted that Shango was a true practitioner of black magic.
In an ultimate battle of good and evil, the terrifying Shango challenged Bret Hart for the WWE Championship on an edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event, but came up short and quietly left the WWE in 1993, though he left his stove pipe hat behind. — Z.L.
“The French Angel” Maurice Tillet
To the wrestling fans who queued up to see Maurice Tillet in the 1930s and ’40s, “The French Angel” was more monster than man. Billed by promoters as “the freak ogre of wrestling,” the bald Frenchman with the abnormally sized head and feet was touted as the closest thing to a Neanderthal modern science had ever seen.
In truth, Tillet was an intelligent, refined gentleman who was stricken with acromegaly — a glandular syndrome that can cause disfigurement and gigantism. But Tillet’s true life ailments led to big box-office as he toured the world, terrorizing fans and destroying NWA heroes like Danno O’Mahony and “Whipper” Billy Watson with his dreaded bear hug. The sideshow appeal of “The French Angel’s” matches soon revitalized a slumping wrestling business as keen promoters recognized that a unique attraction could draw more fans than a nondescript grappler. A long line of imitation “Angels” followed in the Frenchman’s wake, but none of them terrified a crowd quite like Maurice Tillet. — R.M.
He may not have looked like evil incarnate, but there was no denying that Kevin Sullivan was Satan in the squared circle. Dubbing himself “The Prince of Darkness,” Sullivan terrorized Championship Wrestling from Florida in the 1980s.
The short, stocky Bostonian became possessed with pure wickedness, evolving into a cult leader. Painting his face in increasingly odder patterns, Sullivan led his “Army of Darkness” down the aisle, each of them carrying snakes. Once they were in the ring, Sullivan laid on the mat while his cronies draped the reptiles over him in a strange ritual.
Sullivan’s army included legends like “Superstar” Billy Graham and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. The nightmarish help was much needed for the wicked competitor in his ongoing battles with heroes like Dusty Rhodes and Blackjack Mulligan. — B.M.
When Kane made his first WWE appearance at Badd Blood 1997, few could have predicted the 15-year reign of terror the masked monster would inflict on WWE fans and opponents alike.
For The Devil’s Favorite Demon, his mask wasn’t a costume — it was armor, protection from the world witnessing his physical and emotional scars underneath. He paired it with black leather gloves and full-body tights with only one arm’s skin exposed. This implied to the WWE Universe that something was horribly wrong with his other limbs. This mystique created inherent fear, and although his wrestling gear has morphed several times over the years, he is still just as scary as ever.
Over the last 15 years, Kane has set men on fire, buried them alive and ruined weddings. He has dominated nearly every competitor to step foot in a WWE ring, and the scariest part is, Kane is just getting started. — Z.L.
Abdullah the Butcher
Sports-entertainment has no shortage of heavyweight savages. But none of them have matched the intensity and thirst for brutality of Abdullah the Butcher.
The Madman from the Sudan has been terrorizing foes by jabbing his rusty fork across the globe for more than half a century, and in all this time, the 400-pounder’s distinctive look has barely changed — his baggy pants hiked high above his enormous waistline, his darting eyes and that disgusting forehead carved with deep scars that he can supposedly insert quarters into the wounds like coin slots.
In his only notable North American exposure, WCW fans witnessed Abby being fried in an electric chair during Halloween Havoc 1991’s infamous Chamber of Horrors Match. Even in defeat, Abby was absolutely terrifying. — Z.L.
He’s The Boogeyman, and he’s coming to get you! While most kids are afraid of boogeymen hiding in their closet or under the bed, the WWE Universe was haunted by one hailing from The Bottomless Pit. Emerging with a staff that spewed an eerie red smoke, The Boogeyman signaled his arrival by smashing an alarm clock over his head.
After shaking off the clock’s broken glass, Boogeyman made his way to the ring, shaking and convulsing as his confused prey watched on. Most of his opposition was thrown off by his ghoulish entrance, leaving Boogeyman an opportunity to easily dispatch of them.
The ghastly Superstar wasn’t finished with a pinfall, though. Boogeyman liked to indulge with a little post-match snack immediately after the referee counted three. He eschewed processed protein bars in favor of a little natural treat: worms. Boogeyman grabbed a handful from a satchel he kept with him, stuffed them into his mouth and let the nightcrawlers drip from his toothless maw and onto his helpless opponent. — B.M.
Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Snakes aren’t what made Jake Roberts scary. Sure, the sight of the Superstar draping his massive Burmese python, Damien, over the body of a fallen opponent was enough to make anyone in the WWE Universe uneasy, but Roberts was capable of more evil than any of his serpents.
A psychological mastermind, the native of Stone Mountain, Ga., preyed on his opponents’ darkest fears. Once aligning himself with Ultimate Warrior during the maniacal Superstar’s war with The Undertaker, Roberts promised to bring the darkness out of Warrior, but ultimately betrayed him by locking him in a crypt full of poisonous snakes. And in one of WWE’s most memorably twisted moments, “The Snake” tied Randy Savage in the ring ropes and allowed a king cobra to sink its teeth into “Macho Man’s” arm. The sick pleasure Roberts took in this assault still haunts the WWE Universe today. — R.M.
There is no other Superstar in sports-entertainment surrounded by myth and legend like The Undertaker. From the moment he debuted at Survivor Series 1990, through his constant reinventions, The Deadman has remained one of the most mystifying and frightening figures not only in the squared circle, but in all of pop culture.
For more than two decades, the unmistakable “GONG!” has signaled the imminent arrival of The Phenom. Though the WWE Universe welcomes his presence with open arms, the slow tone of “Graveyard Symphony” always sends chills throughout the arena. For years, the mystery and allure surrounding The Deadman was contained within Paul Bearer’s urn, but the legendary competitor’s ability to strike fear into the hearts of anyone brazen enough to cross his path is unmatched.
Through his entire evolution, The Undertaker has remained one of the most respected and intimidating Superstars in the history of sports-entertainment, not just because of his personality, but because there is something supernatural about The Phenom. — K.P.