November 2, 2003
No more dark side for \'Taker
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun

Mark Callaway has grown quite fond of his role as The Undertaker in WWE. Not the old gothic version, though. The Undertaker figures the tattoo-covered American Badass is an extension of his real-life persona.

So despite a series of recent rumours, The Undertaker has no intention of returning to the man from the darkside, the menacing side of his character he portrayed for many years following his WWE debut 13 years ago at Survivor Series.

The rumours suggest that The Undertaker will lose his Buried Alive match against WWE owner Vince McMahon at Survivor Series, then lay low for a few months before rising from the grave looking for revenge in his Deadman gimmick.

\"I\'m not really interested in moving backwards,\" the affable and well-spoken Callaway said the other day on the phone. \"A lot of this has to do with the Buried Alive match. It conjures up images of where The Undertaker used to be.

\"A lot of people would probably like to see me in the long dark coat and big-brimmed hat again. And I\'m very grateful for that.

\"But I\'m really at peace right now. I\'m in the best condition of my career and the American Badass character frees me up to do so much more in the ring. I would like to keep moving forward.\"

At 6-foot-8, Callaway was a basketball player of some promise in his youth, with a possibility of playing in Europe. But after hooking up with several local wrestlers in Dallas, he rethought his career aspirations.

\"I think I\'ve always been pretty realistic and level headed,\" he said. \"I figured I had three years at best in basketball and the burning desire to do it had left. I\'d been a wrestling fan when I was younger and I became a fan again. I realized I had some physical gifts if I could bulk up.\"

Bulk up he did. And his first match against legendary Bruiser Brody was an eye-opener.

\"He educated me real quick,\" said Callaway.

The education continued until Callaway became a major star in the then-WWF as the evil Undertaker.

Now, as the American Badass, the fame goes on.

In tomorrow night\'s main event at the Corel Centre, The Undertaker will team with Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit to face Brock Lesnar, A-Train and John Cena in a six-man tag match. Other matches in the updated card: Rey Mysterio vs.The Big Show; The APA vs. Basham Brothers; Billy Kidman vs. Tajiri; Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty vs. Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin; Torrie Wilson vs. Dawn Marie vs. Sable in a Tiny Teddie contest with Edge as the special guest host; Zack Gowen, Spanky and London vs. Chuck Palumbo, Johnny Stamboli and Nunzio;Orlando Jordan vs. Rhyno; and Jamie Noble vs. Horshu. Action begins at 7 p.m, with plenty of tickets available.

- Paul Levesque (Triple H) and Stephanie McMahon were married last Saturday in Sleepy Hollow, Conn. Guests included: Chris Benoit, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Killer Kowalski, Sgt. Slaughter, Michael Hayes, The Big Show, Rikishi, Booker T, Eddie Guerrero, Edge and Mick Foley. Triple H\'s wedding party was: William Regal, Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. Triple H\'s father was his best man.

- Among those paying respects at services for Road Warrior Hawk (Michael Hegstand), who died suddenly two weeks ago, were Road Warrior Animal, Hulk Hogan, Ted DiBiase, Nasty Boy Jerry Saggs, Vince McMahon, Michaels, George \"The Animal\" Steele and Chris Chavis (Tatanka).

- More sad news from the wrestling world: Pretty Boy Floyd Creachman died at the age of 46 last Saturday from complications from Crohn\'s disease, diabetes and cancer. A manager for Montreal\'s International Wrestling, following in the footsteps of his father Eddie, the Pretty Boy\'s stable included Hercules Ayala, Sweet Daddy Siki, The Great Samu, Richard Charland and Sheik Ali.

- You can forget those Summer Slam to Toronto rumours. An official confirmed that won\'t be on the agenda when WWE makes a \"major announcement\" in Toronto on Wednesday.


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