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  • The Undertaker Original (1990-1994)

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  • The Deadman (1994-1997)

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  • The Ministry of Darkness

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  • The American Bad Ass

    14 37.84%
  • The Phenom (2004-)

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    Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    I thought this could be quite fun. Every few days I will post a thread for a wrestler and you must vote on which is their better gimmick. There will be 32 wrestlers in total and these 32 chosen gimmicks will go through to a bracket style tournament. Where we will crown the greatest gimmick of all time.

    And our third pick shall be...

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    Undertaker has had many persona's during is career, but which one do you prefer.


    The Undertaker (Original 1990-1994)

    The Deadman (1994-1997)

    The Ministry of Darkness

    The American Bad Ass

    The Phenom (2004-)

    Now I don't just want you to vote. I want a reason for your vote. I want to hear your opinions. So I will tally up posts with votes. If there are more votes than comments then they not count. So to make your vote valid I need a reason for your picks. You don't have to write loads but something more than saying "Mankind" and nothing else. Etc...

    I will start off and make my pick.

    I choose.. The Phenom (2004-)

    The Undertaker is like Shawn Michaels in that I feel the best part of his career was the latter half. His return to fight Kane was pretty awesome and to be honest I think his biker gimmick was starting to wear thin.

    In the following years eh was known for his yearly feuds to push starts to greater highlights including Orton, Kennedy, Punk, JBL, Batista and more…

    But during this time his legacy was Wrestlemania. Before it was just a streak but now it was an ATTRACTION at Mania. He just had to compete and we couldn’t wait to see who would take on the streak. He had a number of decent matches with Orton, Batista and Edge before he truly showed why he is a legend. By holding back to back epic matches with HBK which can both be put in the frame as greatest Mania match.

    In my opinion Undertaker has done his best work since returning as The Phenom.

    So that's what I think, what do you all think?




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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    Not to nitpick, I'd think that 1990-1996 would all be one character while late 1996-1998 would be another one since that's when he altered his style a good deal.

    The main difference between 1992 Taker and 1995 was just different colored gloves.

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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    I'm a Phenom guy.

    I am CERTAINLY not an American Badass guy. I understand why he took that turn to become a Face, but I wasn't keen on the gimmick. Got boring very quickly I thought, and a bit of a Diesel rip off, which is never good for someone as great as Taker.

    Phenom for me, best work with his career, albeit that has a lot more to do with the opponents hes fought.


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    I'm pushing for a new angle right now. I figure hey I'm ripped as fuck but I'm always so focused on going to the gym. From now I'm going to split up my workout routine and go to the gym TWICE a day one for working out intensely and ignoring the noise. Two for just strictly hitting on girls at the gym. I figure I'll go there early around 2pm until 4 or 5 pm just pretending to workout but in reality scouting out girls and picking up on them when there on the treadmill and shit like that. Most girls just work out there legs that cool I'll ask them if I can treat them to a nice leg massage after there leg workouts. Fuck cardio I'm already 8% body fat I don't need no damn cardio I'm ripped out of my mind. I pretend to do cardio like walk on the treadmill and than introduce myself to the girls it's going to work I'm telling you I'll wear these tight tang tops. Some of them wear these short shorts omg I can't even focus on working out so I figure I go there early in the afternoon just to hit on the chicks, come home eat brown rice and fish, than go do my actual workout where I'm focused. Sounds about right.



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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    Phenom gimmick I think wins out for me. I just didn't buy his American Badass gimmick, really didn't find any enjoyment and it got really boring really quick there. His MoD reign was interesting but nowhere near his original Undertaker/Deadman and his Phenom gimmick runs. Just in my mind the Phenom has the overall best match quality with the likes of JBL, HBK, Orton, Edge, etc... be it more so the quality of his opponents I think. Either way my favorite wrestler of all my time since I started watching wrestling 25 years ago, no matter the gimmick.







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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    I understand why everyone's picking The Phenom Gimmick, but I'm going for American Bad Ass. While he wasn't as scary as he is now, I just loved the gimmick.

    The bike, the interaction, the theme, everything.



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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    Taker's my all time favorite wrestler and I love every phase/gimmick of his career but I have to go with The Ministry version just cause I really loved that angle til it all went to ****. Match wise Phenom era is better but gimmick alone I prefer Ministry.

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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    The thing that sticks out to me from my childhood was Bad Ass Undertaker. I loved his gimmick, his persona, his bike, the Brothers of Destruction, everything.


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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    Seeing as how I didn't really start watching wrestling until around late-mid 1998, and around that time he had The Ministry thing going on so I'll go with that one.

    Don't get me wrong I love all the incarnations of the character, but I just really liked him in the Ministry. I loved that robe he wore during his promos, the theme music he had at that time was awesome(quite possibly my favorite Taker theme ever). There's one thing I'll always remember with Ministry Taker, and that was his feud with Austin. That was just such an epic feud with so many great moments.

    Like I said before I love all of the incarnations of him since he's one of my all time favorites, but Ministry takes it for me.


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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    american badass verison for me thats the taker that made me a fan of him.



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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    The reason I ever got into watching wrestling was because of The Undertaker's appearance in Survior Series 1990. I mean, I remember watching that match & just thinking this guy is unstoppable. I was young & immpressionable & I loved it. My only source for WWF matches was old VHS' that my local video store rented & I immediately rented every VHS with The Undertaker on it. I appreciate every gimmick he has had over the years, & I've never thought Taker has ever been dull. Even in his old age, he is still able to bring the moments time after time. But I really cannot compare anything to the first time he broke into the business. His match with Hulk Hogan & Ric Flair still make me remember how dominating he was. For as long as I live those moments will always be the wrestling moments I remember most vividly.


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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    The fact American Bad Ass is winning this over possibly the most Iconic gimmick in wrestling history is laughable


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    Quote Originally Posted by HBKCliqueGod View Post
    I'm pushing for a new angle right now. I figure hey I'm ripped as fuck but I'm always so focused on going to the gym. From now I'm going to split up my workout routine and go to the gym TWICE a day one for working out intensely and ignoring the noise. Two for just strictly hitting on girls at the gym. I figure I'll go there early around 2pm until 4 or 5 pm just pretending to workout but in reality scouting out girls and picking up on them when there on the treadmill and shit like that. Most girls just work out there legs that cool I'll ask them if I can treat them to a nice leg massage after there leg workouts. Fuck cardio I'm already 8% body fat I don't need no damn cardio I'm ripped out of my mind. I pretend to do cardio like walk on the treadmill and than introduce myself to the girls it's going to work I'm telling you I'll wear these tight tang tops. Some of them wear these short shorts omg I can't even focus on working out so I figure I go there early in the afternoon just to hit on the chicks, come home eat brown rice and fish, than go do my actual workout where I'm focused. Sounds about right.



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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    I don't think it's laughable. All of the Deadman gimmicks are causing the voters to split their votes. As a result, the sole non-Deadman gimmick is able to receive all of the votes from their fans. Deadman vs non-Deadman is 17-10.

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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    I like the American Badass Taker, but the Mid 90's Taker takes it for me. This was at a time when he was still viewed as like scary and a different figure, which was very entertaining to me.

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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    Really tough choice. I know more about the later 3 gimmicks listed there.

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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    I don't think it's laughable. All of the Deadman gimmicks are causing the voters to split their votes. As a result, the sole non-Deadman gimmick is able to receive all of the votes from their fans. Deadman vs non-Deadman is 17-10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HBKCliqueGod View Post
    I'm pushing for a new angle right now. I figure hey I'm ripped as fuck but I'm always so focused on going to the gym. From now I'm going to split up my workout routine and go to the gym TWICE a day one for working out intensely and ignoring the noise. Two for just strictly hitting on girls at the gym. I figure I'll go there early around 2pm until 4 or 5 pm just pretending to workout but in reality scouting out girls and picking up on them when there on the treadmill and shit like that. Most girls just work out there legs that cool I'll ask them if I can treat them to a nice leg massage after there leg workouts. Fuck cardio I'm already 8% body fat I don't need no damn cardio I'm ripped out of my mind. I pretend to do cardio like walk on the treadmill and than introduce myself to the girls it's going to work I'm telling you I'll wear these tight tang tops. Some of them wear these short shorts omg I can't even focus on working out so I figure I go there early in the afternoon just to hit on the chicks, come home eat brown rice and fish, than go do my actual workout where I'm focused. Sounds about right.



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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    Gotta go with the Phenom gimmick, I didn't mind the American Badass Gimmick all that much but Undertaker had his best matches with the Phenom gimmick against the likes of Edge,Batista, HBK, HHH, Angle, Big Show (in late 08) and more as well as some kickass storylines with Edge,HBK and Triple H.

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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    Wasn't the 'Big Evil' a fair bit different to the American Bad Ass character? Or was it just a heel version of the 2001-2ish Undertaker?

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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    This is actually really difficult. WHile I liked it at the time, American Bad Ass is probably my least favourite of his gimmicks. I love the Ministry though, and the angle was great until it went arse over tit.
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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    Easily the American Badass for me.
    Everything about his character during that time was just really memorable and entertaining for me.
    It was more interesting because his character was a lot more human, and some of his promo's were really great and different from everything he had ever done.



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    Re: Battle of the Gimmicks Prelims #3: The Undertaker

    It has to be 1990s Taker to me, before his first big makeover (I will add that I have always enjoyed him in all his iterations). That's when I was starting to get into wrestling and at the time he just was the most memorable and magnetic presence in it. His feud with Hogan, his first monster run... my first live show was in Barcelona, where he main-evented against Tito Santana. Tito pinned him (using the urn as a weapon), which was HUGE at the time. The house almost went down in celebration. I was 13 and became a wrestling fan for life just then.

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