Biker Taker is back, folks — and he’s badder than ever. Undertaker resurrected the character at WrestleMania 36 on Saturday night, and he didn’t disappoint.
Clad in motorcycle gear and leather from head to toe, the “American Badass” made his return before his Boneyard Match against AJ Style. The two men squared off in what was essentially a graveyard somewhere in Orlando.
The last time Undertaker pulled up to the ring on one of his signature choppers was 2003. He ditched the Biker/American Badass character that November after being defeated by Vince McMahon in a Buried Alive Match. Taker’s on-screen brother, Kane, interfered in the bout and helped McMahon win.
Undertaker brought his old Deadman persona back the following year at WrestleMania 20 and had been wrestling as him ever since. It wasn’t until his feud began with AJ Styles that he started showing signs of a return. The two had gotten very personal with one another in their promos and Taker’s wife, Michelle McCool, was mentioned several times. It seems that the only solution was for him to bring out his old “Badass” self to teach Styles a lesson.
Throughout their match, Undertaker could be heard talking trash and calling Styles “boy,” much like he used to do to opponents back in the day. There were several times he showed signs of the Deadman, including one moment where he managed to teleport from a grave. But the rest was almost all Biker Taker.
The matchup between Undertaker and AJ Styles featured the triumphant return of a long-missing character.