Houston wrestler Undertaker celebrates 50th birthday – Chron.com
Behind all the pyrotechnics and priestly garb is a Houstonian: Mark Calaway. Learn some cool trivia facts about the Undertaker.
Despite his persona, Calaway wasn't actually born in Death Valley, Calif. He was born in Houston on March 24, 1965.

Calaway attended Waltrip High School in Houston and graduated in 1983. He was a member of the basketball team.
At one point in time, Calaway did attend Houston's University of St. Thomas, a private Catholic institution in the Montrose neighborhood.

Calaway attended Texas Wesleyan University and played for the school's basketball team from 1985-86.

Source: Texas Wesleyan University (PDF)

Calaway's character "The Undertaker" was well-known for having never lost a match at the WWE's flagship event, Wrestlemania. The streak reached 20 - including a win over Triple H at Wrestlemania 17 at the Astrodome in 2001 - before he eventually lost to Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania XXX in 2014.
Calaway has gone on record saying he's a big fan of mixed-martial arts and would have gladly participated in the sport if he was 20 years younger.

Source: YouTube

Calaway also happens to be a boxing fan. When Manny Pacquiao fought Hector Velazques in 2005, Calaway accompanied Pacquiao's posse to the ring.

Source: YouTube (Appears clearly at 4:16)

Calaway's character has two alternate identities. The one most commonly associated with the Undertaker is "The Deadman:" a ghoulish, morbid priest-like figure. The second persona is the "American Bad-Ass" which emerged in the early 2000s. Calaway would dress up in outlaw motorcycle attire and drive to the ring on his motorcycle.
The Undertaker has three finishing moves at his disposal: The Chokeslam, the Tombstone Piledriver and the Last Ride, a modified powerbomb.

Despite the storyline, Glenn Jacobs or "Kane" is not actually Calaway's brother. Calaway did briefly use the name in his initial debut as "Kane the Undertaker."

Calaway has been married three times, and has four children. Today, he is married to former WWE wrestler Michelle McCool. Their first child was born in 2012.

Steven James Anderson
Ring name: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
Retirement: 2003
Current activities: Even after leaving professional wrestling, Austin makes occasional appearances on WWE Raw. He has also made frequent movie and TV appearances, including "The Expendables" and "Redneck Island." After divorcing fellow wrestler and valet Debra Marshall (and being arrested and charged with domestic abuse), he went on to marry his fourth wife, Kristin.

Rena Marlette Lesnar
Ring name: Sable
Retirement: Aug. 20, 2004
Current activities: Sable is married to former MMA fighter and current WWE champion Brock Lesnar. The pair have two sons.

Celeste Beryl Bonin
Ring name: Kaitlyn
Retirement date: July 17, 2014
Current activities: Kaitlyn manages a fitness clothing line and is a spokesperson for a nutritional supplement company. She and her husband live in Florida.

Kurt Steven Angle
Ring name: Kurt Angle
Retirement date: Angle left the WWE in 2006 and joined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He ended his contract with TNA Wrestling in 2015, saying he would take a break from the profession for a while.
Current activities: While many speculate that Angle may retire from wrestling permanently, he has hinted that he would be open to do one final match for the WWE.

Amy Christine Dumas
Ring name: Lita
Retirement date: 2006 but has made occasional appearances on WWE and the independent circuit
Current activities: After her time with the WWE, she formed a rock band called The Luchagors. She was formally inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014.

Debra Marshall
Ring name: Debra
Retirement: June 2002
Current activities: After divorcing Steve Williams, a.k.a. Stone Cold Steve Austin, she enrolled at the University of Alabama for criminal justice and graduated with honors. According to her Facebook page, she currently resides in Tuscaloosa and works for the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Phillip Jack Brooks
Ring name: CM Punk
Retirement date: July 24, 2014
Current activities: After a nasty public dispute with WWE management, Punk landed a gig with Marvel Comics. He is credited with writing a portion of the upcoming "Thor Annual #1." He also transitioned into the UFC and subsequently lost his first match.

Candice Michelle Beckman Ehrlich
Ring name: Candice Michelle
Retirement: June 19, 2009
Current activities: After being released from her WWE contract, she married a Los Angeles chiropractor. They are now the parents of two little girls.
Nora Benshoof (formerly Greenwald)
Ring name: Miss Madness and Molly Holly
Retirement date: April 2005
Current activities: Aside from a few very occasional appearances in the wrestling world, she works as a counselor for at-risk youth. She also married.

Michael Shawn Hickenbottom
Ring name: Shawn Michaels
Retirement date: March 28, 2010
Current activities: After his retirement, Michaels was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in April 2011. He continues to makes occasional appearances on the show.

Lisa Mary Moretti
Ring name: Ivory
Retirement: August 2005
Current activities: Ivory runs an animal day care and grooming service out of Friday Harbor, Washington.

Elizabeth Kocianski
Ring name: Beth Phoenix
Retirement date: September 2012
Current activities: After leaving wrestling to spend time with her family, she became a full-time mom when she and wrestler Adam Copeland, a.k.a. Edge, had their first child in 2014.

Bret Hart
Ring name: Bret "The Hitman" Hart
Retirement date: 2010
Current activities: In addition to making appearances around the globe, Hart has participated in a few documentaries. His nickname is also the team name for the Calgary Hitmen, a Canadian ice hockey team.

Patricia Anne Straigias
Ring name: Trish Stratus
Retirement: Sept. 17, 2006
Current activities: Since leaving wrestling, Stratus is now married, a mom and the owner of a lauded yoga studio in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013, becoming the youngest to ever achieve that recognition.

Michael Francis Foley, Sr.
Ring name(s): Cactus Jack, Dude Love, Mankind, Mick Foley
Retirement: 2013
Current activities: During wrestling, Foley cultivated a healthy writing career, and has been named a New York Times bestselling author numerous times. He has also acted in several films and spoken numerous times in favor of the Democratic Party and its policies.

Chyna (Formerly Joanie Marie Lauer before she legally changed it)
Ring name: Chyna
Retirement date: She left the WWF in 2001 and made her last appearance with TNA in 2011
Current activities: After a tumultuous relationship with wrestler Sean Waltman, a.k.a. X-Pac, Chyna did several reality shows with VH1 and eventually transitioned to pornographic films. Her last film to date was "She Hulk XXX: A Porn Parody."

Eve Torres Gracie
Ring name: Eve Torres
Retirement: January 2013
Current activities: Following her stint with WWE, she went on to become head instructor and spokesperson for the Gracie Jiu-Jiutsu Academy. She is also married to Rener Gracie, a member of the family that helped develop Brazilian Jiu-Jiutsu. Aside from that, she was cast in the "Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power," which should be out in 2015.

Adam Joseph Copeland
Ring name: Edge
Retirement date: 2011
Current activities: After leaving wrestling, Edge became a father with wrestler Elizabeth Kocianski, a.k.a. Beth Phoenix, in 2014. He has also cultivated an acting career, frequently appearing in the Syfy series "Haven." He was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.

John Charles Layfield
Ring name: John "Bradshaw" Layfield
Retirement date: April 9, 2009
Current activities: As a businessman, he has made appearances on major networks, including CNBC and Fox News. He also hosts a weekend radio program.

Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri
Ring name: The Iron Sheik
Retirement: 2010
Current activities: The Sheik has undergone recuperative surgery for injuries he sustained during his wrestling career. He's lost none of his colorful personality, maintaining an entertaining Twitter account and, at one point, challenging then-Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to an arm wrestling match.

Eldridge Wayne Coleman
Ring name: "Superstar" Billy Graham
Retirement: 1987
Current activities: Because of his worsening health over the years, Graham has frequently spoken to teen athletes about steroid use. He recently underwent treatment for double pneumonia and heart failure.

When the Undertaker meets Bray Wyatt in the ring for Wrestlemania 31, he'll officially be a quinquagenarian.
Mark Calaway, better known by his WWE name "The Undertaker," turned 50 on March 24.
Since the '90s, the Houston native has cultivated the multiple personas of his famed wrestling character. For a while, he was the "Deadman" and later on he adopted a bad biker attitude as the "American Bad Ass."
Check out some cool facts about the Undertaker and see what former wrestling champs are doing now in the gallery above.
John-Henry is a digital producer for the Houston Chronicle.


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