THIS is where it all began. The debut of The Undertaker character. The start of my near 20 years (at the time of me writing this) of being a fan of wrestling AND The Undertaker. I wasn’t 3 years old yet, and my first memory is of seeing The Undertaker making his debut and walking down to the ring. He was the first wrestler I ever saw, and to this day has remind my absolute favourite. Its about time I reviewed this match!!!
The Undertaker is a mystery partner for DiBiase’s survivor series team, and he starts the match against Bret Hart. He powers Bret down to the mat and chokes him, then lets Bret tag in The Anvil, who does no better against this new, mysterious giant. Koko is next to get a tag, and he is the first to feel the devastating Tombstone Piledriver, sending him to the back!
Bret’s back in, takes a few shots at Undertaker who doesn’t seem to feel any of them, and then both men tag out to give us Valentine Vs Dusty. Valentine ends up taking a beating, with Dusty’s team making some quick tags to try and keep The Hammer down.
We see plenty of action over the next few minutes, with HTM getting eliminated, DiBiase getting in to the match finally, and Dusty getting his shots in on the Million Dollar Man.
The Anvil gets eliminated, and its now 3 on 2, with Undertaker getting another tag into the match. He takes care of Dusty and sends him into his own corner to make a tag and get the hell out of there, then proceeds to dominate Bret before tagging out again. Not enough Undertaker in this one for my liking!
Yey, Undertaker is back in . Dusty made the mistake of sending DiBiase into his own corner where he could make the tag, and Undertaker gets back in, climbs the ropes and launches himself at Dusty, pinning him too. Seeing a man the size of Undertaker do that TODAY is still pretty impressive, but in 1990? If I was older and could understand wrestling better, I’d probably be in awe lol. Even though Dusty is eliminated, Undertaker hasn’t done with him yet, and continues to beat the shit out of him on the outside and to the backstage area, getting himself counted out in the process.
Not quite enough Undertaker in the match imo, but the time he actually was in there was very well spent. He powered through everyone, eliminated Koko and DUSTY, showed off his great athleticism, and got his gimmick over rather nicely too. Definitely the best debut match I have seen from Calaway so far, wonder how is WCW debut is? As soon as I find out which match is his debut match I can look into seeing just how good or bad it is .
Anyway, the rest of the match (which is still interesting )…
Bret is alone now against two men, and the overconfident Valentine ends up getting rolled up and pinned. Now its a one on one match between Bret and DiBiase which makes me smile . Bret fakes a leg injury and ALMOST gets a surprise win, then ALMOST gets another surprise win when DiBiase accidentally runs into Virgil on the apron. Really cool to see them running through some overused finishes to matches, then ending with another one (DiBiase rolls through a crossbody), only this time its DiBiase doing it instead of Bret.
Fun match, a great debut for The Undertaker, and some good action at the end between Bret and DiBiase. Not the best match by any means, but an easy, easy match to sit through and holds a great deal of sentimental value to me.