Why did Ken Shamrock call Undertaker Mark? I know it's his name but was it because of some backstage heat, or was it planned? I don't remember anyone else calling Undertaker by his first name and I think no one ever would be allowed to do that.
It did make Ken look more bad ass imo by calling udnertaker by his real name. This feud I think led to the Backlash match they had. Pretty good match imo.
It was planned. The storyline in the Vince/Ministry angle is that Taker started to believe in his own gimmick. Vince said it in a promo before WM15, "I think you started to believe in the gimmick, you started to believe that you're really "The Undertaker", Mark Calaway", something like that. So it wasn't the first time. That was a Russo style reality-based work/shoot angle.
On the topic of Shamrock what an awesome wrestler he was, it shows the quality of wrestlers that are missing today compared to the attitude era that he never got higher than intercontinental level. If he was around today he'd be world champion or up there no doubt.
^ Rock's got it right. I also remember Stephanie referring to Undertaker as Mark during the phase of the storyline where he was stalking her. If I recall correctly, Shamrock's involvement was a result of Taker trying to abduct his sister.
The King once said "sit up Mark" in Taker's return in 1998.
J.R:"Everybody claims to be an icon and claims to be something special,and maybe they were in their day
None will Ever surpass the Undertaker in my view"
Kurt Angle:"He is our leader, and I consider Undertaker the best ever"
Shawn Michaels:"Wrestling against Undertaker was the best professional experience of my life."
Triple H:"He is The Greatest Legend in the history of this business"
Michael Cole:"The biggest Smackdown and WWE superstar of all time,the legendary Undertaker".
Mark Henry:"it's hard not to put The Undertaker in the same breath as Hogan and Rock because not only has he served more years as them, but collectively, I'm sure he's sold out and made more money than all of them."