During a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, WWF, WCW, ECW & TNA Veteran Raven talked about The Undertaker lengthy run in the WWF/E. Raven noted how The Undertaker’s height resulted in him not getting lengthy World Title runs during the early days of his career in the WWF.
Below is what Raven had to say:
“If he had been six inches shorter, he would have been the perennial World Champion. But at 6-foot-10, he was relegated to the monster, “Creature Feature” matches. The Undertaker only had the chance to show his skills in fights at the end of his career.
It wasn’t until near the end of his career when he finally started being able to show that he could actually work, but, by then, he wasn’t anywhere near the worker he was ten years before that. He was amazing.”
Speaking of The Undertaker’s height, below are the stats:
Billed Height: 6 ft 10 in
Real Height (in his prime): 6 ft 8 in
Current Height (after multiple surgeries and shrinking due to old age): 6 ft 6 in
The Undertaker is a former 7 time World Champion in the WWF/E and below are the lengths of all his World Title reigns:
1st World Title Reign (WWF Title – 1991) – 6 days
2nd World Title Reign (WWF Title – 1997) – 133 days
3rd World Title Reign (WWF Title – 1999) – 36 days
4th World Title Reign (Undisputed WWE Title – 2002) – 63 days
5th World Title Reign (World Heavyweight Title – 2007) – 37 days
6th World Title Reign (World Heavyweight Title – 2008) – 30 days
7th World Title Reign (World Heavyweight Title – 2009) – 140 days
After a 27 year career in the WWF/E (out of which 20 years were as a full time performer), The Undertaker was the World Champion for 445 days (1 year & 80 days).
You can watch The Undertaker facing Raven in a Hardcore match on SmackDown below:
Raven also talked about The Undertaker being a locker room leader:
“He was the locker room leader. I was loud, I was obnoxious, so I wasn’t his cup of tea, but we got along. There was no enmity. He was every bit the locker room leader everybody says, he was the authority.”