Originally written August 03, 2012 on Ring Side News:
LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – “The Undertaker” is not dead. The Undertaker Mark William Calaway is battling false death reports today August 1, 2012 again. Fans are irate today that fabricated death reports are striking their favorite wrestler. The reports mirror those from 2006 and those from two years ago. Today’s false death reports claim that the Undertaker died of a neck injury while practicing a wrestling move with John Cena. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Mark William Calaway The Undertaker battled erroneous death reports several years ago. In May 2006, fans heard false reports after someone edited Calaway’s Wikipedia page to list him as dead. The fabricated edit to his page claimed that Calaway had died during a car crash (that never happened). The Wikipedia page was quickly corrected, but screen grabs of the fabricated death story continued to get shared throughout that today.

But Calaway has battled fake death stories, inside and outside the ring, for years. In 2003, he was set to appear at two WWE Championship matches. But following one match, fans were told that he was “dead and buried forever”. He was walking around soon after that storyline, very much alive.

Seven years later, the Undertaker battled another death tale, also from the ring. Fans watched as an empty casket was brought into the arena in 2010; fans were told that Undertaker was left in critical condition and close to death. The only thing dead from that night was the wrestling storyline which was dropped soon after.

But today’s tale concerns John Cena. Wednesday’s fabricate tale claims that Cena has broken Undertaker’s neck. Fan reaction has been mixed. “Is Undertaker really dead or is the storyline dead?” Other fans are familiar with the storyline. “Someone try set a rumor how Undertaker died today? … Undertaker has been dead from Wrestlemania One.” The latest claim reads “Just heard the WWE legend the undertaker died of a neck injury while practicing a wrestling move with John Cena”.

Of course, the Undertaker is not dead. Rather, he’s only in Tampa. Undertaker will be appearing tonight HERE at the Dallas Bull in Tampa Florida.

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