Former wrestler Black Bart has revealed that he was originally offered the gimmick of The Undertaker, reports wrestlinginc.com.
Bart - real name Rick Harris - starred on the wrestling scene between the years of 1975 and 2002 as he was involved in a number of organizations.
In fact, in 1989 he was in the WWF (now WWE) where he worked with the likes of Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Superfly Jimmy Snuka.
And it appears that The Undertaker's gimmick could have been his, as he's revealed in an interview that during his time in WCW Dusty Rhodes offered him the opportunity to take on the role of the character.
In fact, Bart has suggested that it was Rhodes who came up with the gimmick that has now become legendary in the wrestling industry. The former superstar has insisted that, despite accepting the role, he was released by the company before being handed the opportunity to shine.
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Bart's loss was most certainly the WWE's and Mark Calaway's gain. The Deadman has enjoyed quite the career in the wrestling industry since departing WCW all those years ago.
In fact, The Undertaker is recognised as one of the greatest superstars of all-time after over 20-years in WWE.
The Undertaker return?
The WWE Universe will currently be wondering whether they will ever see the Deadman in the ring again after his WrestleMania Streak finally came to an end at the hands of current WWE champ Brock Lesnar earlier this year.
Rumours have ben rife that Taker is set to feature at the 'Grandest Stage of them All' next year, but it remains to be seen as to whether he will make an emotional return.
Approaching his 50th birthday, he certainly can't go on forever, but fans will still be hoping to see him return to the ring at least one more time.
WWE Universe: Do you think The Undertaker should be involved at next year's WrestleMania pay-per-view? Have your say in the comments section below!
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