Since his debut, The Undertaker has been able to thrill the live crowds in stadiums, bringing a character never seen before and practically always staying in gimmick so as not to betray his splendid work. Also accompanied by legendary manager Paul Bearer, he has played important matches against other legends such as Mick Foley, Kane, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, Triple H and so on, and has won seven world titles and seven tag team titles in WWE.
His streak of Wrestlemania victories is one of the best memories a wrestling fan will ever have, although it came to an end at the hands of Brock Lesnar, shocking the WWE Universe, it is a huge chapter in the books of the discipline.
Undertaker has died and risen many times, but the only thing that will never die is the legend of him, carved inside the square and now in the Hall of Fame, because he is more than a performer, it is history. Now the Undertaker, the one who wrote entire chapters of wrestling history in WWE, but also in the world, is the first wrestler announced for the WWE Hall of Fame 2022, with this year's class being introduced on Wrestlemania 38 weekend a Dallas Texas.
To break the news is the New York Post who had also interviewed him in November 2020: "I realized that I have taken every physical gift, tool that I have and have used. There is no more water in the sponge, if I can use that 'analogy.
I got everything I could out of that sponge." In fact The Phnom has officially retired from the ring, thrilling all the fans who unfortunately were not present at the arena to celebrate his career due to COVID, on the occasion of the 2020 Survivor Series, 30 years after his debut in the same pay-per-view.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will air April 1 on Peacock and the WWE Network, in front of a live audience who will already be in attendance for the SmackDown show at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, a ceremony that kicks off the WrestleMania weekend.
Laureus Awards: Brady, Dressel, Djokovic, Ledecky, McKeon
The names of all the nominees for the World Sports Awards, the Oscars of sport, have been announced. Six tennis players stand out among the nominees, and above all the name of Novak Djokovic.
The jury, made up of 1300 journalists from all over the world, will vote the winners for each category and the awards ceremony will be held in April in virtual mode, and will be followed by the vote of a noble jury of 71 sports legends.
Novak Djokovic is also among the candidates for the Sportsman of the Year award. After the exciting season lived last year, in which the Serbian number one came close to the grand slam by winning three slams out of four and surrendering in the final to Medvedev at the US Open (last major of the year), Djokovic was at the center of an international case for his exclusion from the Australian Open for reasons related to his vaccination status, a tournament later won by Nadal who beat him by a slam (21 against 20).
The Serbian will return to the field at the ATP 500 in Dubai. The other nominees for this award are Max Verstappen (winner of the F1 world championship), Tom Brady (historic quarterback who at 44 this year will bid farewell to American football after 22 years), Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, the American swimmer.
Caeleb Dressel and Olympic gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge in the marathon. In the women's category, nomination for recent Australian Open champion Ashleigh Barty. The Australian tennis player will compete for the prize against Katie Ledecky (USA) and Emma McKeon (Australia), the two sprinters Elaine Thompson-Herah (Jamaica) and Allyson Felix (USA) and the Spanish footballer Alexia Putellas.
Daniil Medvedev and Emma Raducanu, both returning from a 2021 in which they won their first career slam (albeit at different ages), are candidates for the revelation award of the year. Among the other candidates also the Barcelona footballer Pedri, also protagonist with the Spanish national team.
The two wheelchair players Diede De Groot (Netherlands) and Shingo Kunieda (Japan) are vying for the disability sportsman of the year award. In the Team of the Year category there is also the Italian national football team, victorious at the Europeans, which will have to overcome the competition of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team, which has won the eighth consecutive constructors' world title; the Milwaukee Bucks, reigning NBA champions; of the Argentine national football team, winner of the Copa America; and the Chinese Olympic diving team, which has won seven gold medals in the eight competitions in which it participated.