Between Judgement Day 2000 and Survivor Series
2003, The Undertaker ditched his ‘Deadman’ persona and began wrestling as a permanently disgruntled biker. It was an incredibly bold decision, especially considering the immense popularity his previous gimmick had built up over the years.
Like a middle-aged dad undergoing a mid-life crisis, The Undertaker made some curious choices. He started wearing bandanas and sunglasses, and rode a motorbike to the ring. He embraced horribly ill-fitting entrance music by Kid Rock
and Limp Bizkit
. He started referring to himself as the “big dog”, and his feuds centred around an over-the-top anger at younger superstars for trespassing on his “yard”.
Nowadays this period is mostly skirted over when considering Taker’s legacy, like Shawn Michaels
“losing his smile” or Austin’s refusal to put over Brock Lesnar
As mentioned, the gimmick change was a very brave idea – but that doesn’t necessarily mean it should be commended.