How did you feel about it? I remember when he crashed the party at Judgement Day. I was happy to see him but disappointed in the gimmick at the time. I was used to The Undertaker trying to sacrifice people, taking their souls, etc. To see him spitting tobacco and riding a motorcycle was a stretch to me.
Looking back though, I enjoy this chapter of his career more than I did back then. I don't think too much acting was required on his part. This was the closest we ever got to the real Mark Calaway. He even brought his then-wife Sara into the mix. Thoughts on the character?
It was fresh. You gotta do what you can to change with the times. 10 years of playing the same supernatural zombie character is bound to get stale. His biker gimmick was more believable and fit right in at the start of the 2000s.
I had a feeling he dressed like this anyway in real life. There were times backstage even as The lord of darkness that he'd be dressed in biker clothes with the bandana and all that.
I had a love-hate relationship with his finisher at the time, "The Last Ride." I understand why he didn't use the Tombstone because piledrivers were banned at the time, but I prefer The Tombstone Piledriver as his finisher.
Still, The Last Ride sounds like a car crash when you hit the mat. Sounds like the impact should break bones and stop your heart.
Mine was the 1999 Ministry Undertaker, and for several reasons. One is because this is the gimmick he had when I started watching wrestling in April 1999. He was a dark character, attempting to marry Stephanie, trying to embalm Stone Cold, etc. And it was cool how he brainwashed Mideon and Viscera to join the Acolytes and The Brood as his followers in the ministry. To me this was the coolest he ever was when he was The Dead Man.