WWE’s The Undertaker Deserves His Own Film Franchise

The Undertaker is one of the most iconic figures in the history of professional wrestling. His legend spans over three decades. The macabre “deadman” and his epic ring entrance. The black hat and long dark coat draped over him as the fog drifts up from the underworld.

Undertaker has left his mark in the sports entertainment industry. Not only in front of millions of fans, but also as a locker room leader. A senior member that new generations of wrestlers can seek tutelage from. Over the course of his career, Undertaker (real name Mark Calaway) has been in a multitude of memorable matches in the WWE ring. From Casket Matches to Buried Alive Matches to Inferno Matches to Hell In A Cell. His towering 6’10” presence was paired with a surprising agility for a man his size.

Just this past Sunday, Undertaker once again made his mark at this year’s two-night quarantine edition of WrestleMania. Evolving from the squared circle in an empty performance center, the WWE placed Undertaker and his opponent AJ Styles in a Boneyard Match: a no-holds-barred brawl inside a graveyard. Unlike the live matches earlier ion the evening, the Undertaker/Styles bout felt more like a motion picture finale. A slugfest filled with ’80s-style action and horror elements–and this writer loved every second of it.

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As the match came to an end and Undertaker rode off on his motorcycle victorious, an old unanswered question from over a decade ago reemerged in mind: how has the WWE not made an Undertaker movie? When WWE first opened their film studio, I was excited to see what type of content they were going to put out. At the top of my dream list of films featuring WWE Superstars was the Deadman.

Instead, after joint-producing three of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s early films, they went with Kane in See No Evil. Then came The Condemned with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. After that, it was John Cena in The Marine, and so on. It was as if every other wrestler was getting their own film, except for the character most deserving of a cinematic adaptation–The Undertaker.

This isn’t to say that the aforementioned wrestlers aren’t worthy of the screen. But Undertaker is tailor-made for a movie experience. The attire, the scare tactics, the Michael Myers-like swagger; it is pure horror entertainment. I would watch episodes of Sons Of Anarchy and Supernatural and think that would be perfect in either genre.

However, years have passed and we have yet to receive an Undertaker film. The biker badass who commands the underworld remains only in the WWE ring, having only a small part in Hulk Hogan’s Suburban Commando as his film credit. Yet, as his time in the ring gets shorter with each passing year, I believe it is time to give this amazing talent time on the big screen.

Here’s hoping the Boneyard Match sparks some creativity.

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