Undertaker wrestled for rival promotion WCW in the late 1980s as Mean Mark Callous but was spotted by Sarge who watched some of his matches on tape.
The ex-WWE Champion was so impressed that he convinced WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon to have him come in for a tryout in New York.
McMahon was so amazed with Taker’s talent that he asked Sgt. Slaughter to bring him to his office after his debut fight so that he can meet him.
Undertaker then embarked on a glittering 29-year career in WWE as he became a seven-time world champion, beat the all-time best, introduced some of the most violent match stipulations of all time, remained undefeated in 21 consecutive WrestleMania appearances and revolutionised the business with his dark, sinister and supernatural gimmick.
Yeah, helped bring him in
Sgt. Slaughter told Sports Illustrated: “Yeah, helped bring him in.
“He was wrestling down in WCW, kinda floundering around. Had real short red hair. Mark Callous, Mean Mark Callous.
“Saw a video of him, took it to Vince McMahon and he said, ‘Sarge, if you think he’s good enough to be here, bring him in for a tryout.’
“So, brought him into Rochester, New York.
“He wrestled the first match and as I was watching the match, all of a sudden my headset went off my ear and I heard Vince McMahon’s voice and he said, ‘Where’d you find this guy?’
“And I said, ‘In a box of tapes.’
“He said, ‘Well, send him to my office when he’s done.’
“So, Mark came back from the ring and he said, ‘How did I do?’
“I said, ‘Vince McMahon wants to talk to you.’
“He said, ‘Oh, did I do something wrong?’
“I said, ‘I think you probably did something right.’
“So, I introduced him to Vince and he’s been there ever since.”
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