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Who would love to see him come back with the Big Evil or American Bad Ass gimmick just one more time and fuck shit up?

Now he has been defeated and is a mortal, maybe bring it back to reality and who he really is.

That shit rocked

 

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Vince wasn't a fan, we wouldn't see it again. But, it was something different, pretty cool gimmick yeah. John should take something from that and go with a huge character change.
 

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Would be fun for one day maybe. I still think the Undertaker character is going - there will be one more moment of the lights going out and that gong ringing. After he's almost "Retired" I'd like to see it though.
 

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I just liked the bad ass biker gimmick, yh john should maybe adopt a similar style.

I think RR would make a good big evil american bad ass
 

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Sure it wasnt his greatest gimmick, but at the time when it was the end of the attitude/ beginning of ruthless aggression era I think it suited more for that time. Not sure how the dead man character would have worked, especially facing off against brock.

Brock vs big evil was always bad ass
 

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It worked and was "over", but I never wanted to buy into it. I couldn't stand seeing Taker entering the arenas on a motorcycle along with Kid Rock/Limp Bizkit music.
 

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Loved it. Wouldn't bring it back but loved it. Found him really entertaining in promos back then, the last 10 years I've kind of hated his character, felt like quite an empty version of Taker. Didn't ever really seem to decide what it wanted to be, not dark enough to be Ministry Taker, not weird enough to be zombie Taker, but not talking enough to be the kind of "real life" persona of ABA/Big Evil. Was something different, but without much padding as a gimmick. Guess you could say by then he was a bonafide legend and didn't need one but still.

Saying that some of his matches have been the best of his career in the most recent gimmick with Angle, Punk, HHH and HBK. When he was the American Badass he had some flat out terrible matches and I can't remember a plethora of great ones. Would have loved to have combined the two at some stage, Takers match quality from the last 10 years, but paired with the ABA gimmick.
 

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Hell, I liked it.

TBH though, I'd only want him to bring it back if he came back full-time (Which we all know isn't gonna happen). His Dead Man gimmick works better for part-time appearances IMO.
 

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I loved the character, really showed the world how good he can be on the mic aswell.

Would have it as my second favourite 'Taker gimmick after the Ministry one, now that truly kicked arse... until he got paired with Big Show.
 

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I grew up with that gimmick so that Kid Rock bullshit holds a very special place in my heart. I would love to see him ride in on a Harley again.
 

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You can dislike the ABA gimmick all you want, but at least he did something Cena is either too scared to do, or simply refuses to do ... re-invent himself

(and don't give me this "Vince wouldn't allow it" crap, if Cena went to him and wanted to re-invent himself, Vince would do it)
 

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I hated the gimmick. I preferred the MoD 'taker.
 

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I really enjoyed American Badass/Big Evil Taker, it was a fresh change. He could have stayed as the Deadman but he took a chance and evolved with the times. If you look at his whole run from his debut up to 2003, you could see he was changing over time, looking less like a zombie, he became more vocal, spoke less haunting by 1997. In 1999 he started wearing bandannas signalling a change, it worked perfectly. He became an extension of himself, I remember I was shocked when he showed up with short hair after he turned heel, it was something cool and worked. It fit with the times.

Do I want to see it again? No but I enjoyed seeing him ride to the ring on his cool Motorcycles, it was different but I'd prefer him to stay as the Deadman until the end of his career now.
 

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He had already made the transition to ABA Undertaker before he took time off, to be honest his ABA character fitted him more for the early 00's period. He was also the first person in WWE to use theme music from an actual recording artist, that was groundbreaking.
 
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