April 9, 2021

The Undertaker - Victory Over Injury Podcast



Andrews Sports Medicine's Victory Over Injury Podcast Series explores the depths and peels back the layers of the often overlooked and largely unknown side of sports medicine: INJURY - digging into recovery and the mindset it takes to achieve victory over injury.

In episode #4 of Victory Over Injury presented by Andrews Sports Medicine, Dr. Michael K. Ryan takes a special deep dive into the life, career and experience of one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, The Undertaker.

In addition to measurable accolades, his reverence among his peers is unmatched, and sentiment across WWE culture and among fellow WWE superstars, past and current, follows that "there is no greater WWE star than the Undertaker.  He is one of the most respected wrestlers and characters in the business."

Only recently retired, Mark Calaway has left an indelible impression on the world of professional wrestling and anyone who has witnessed his story.

Be sure to follow "Victory Over Injury" wherever you listen to podcasts.

A special thank you to our producer, Ed Hill, and our intern, James Harris, UAB School of Medicine (Class of 2023) for helping make this podcast series possible.

Episode Notes

  • 00:03:30  Longevity of his career
  • 00:08:13 – The notion that wrestling is fake
  • 00:10:10  Highlight of his career
  • 00:12:00 – Growing up prior to becoming The Undertaker
  • 00:13:00 – Fall practice playing basketball senior year
  • 00:23:20 – Being able to outlast everyone
  • 00:27:34 – First real match
  • 00:34:25 – WCW
  • 00:36:00 – WWF Pay-Per-View in front of Vince
  • 00:38:10 – The phone call from Vince that changed his life
  • 00:39:56 – The Undertaker
  • 00:48:15 – Respected amongst his peers
  • 00:56:30 – Injuries
  • 01:11:15 – What is surgery & rehab like (mentality)
  • 01:22:30 – Concussion
  • 01:29:22 – Longevity of his career
  • 01:36:48 – Retirement
  • 01:38:19 – What has Vince McMahon meant to you?
  • 01:41:40 – Future plans
  • 01:43:00 – Favorite venue, legacy & advice
  • 01:45:00 – Advice for those with sports injuries