Yep, I remember that. I believe it lasted for all of one Lord Alfred Hayes-hosted "from the pages of WWF Magazine, here's Update!". I don't remember 'Taker ever having a televised match under that name.
I happened to pop in an old tape last month, and it had Undertaker's debut match on it. He was announced by Mike McGuirk as "Kane the Undertaker", but the graphic on-screen just said "The Undertaker". Heenan and Monsoon never called him Kane either. As the TV taping was actually before the Survivor Series where he officially debuted, I guess they just decided against the Kane monicker afterwards, and never referred to it again.
IIRC, his appearance at the 1990 Survivor Series was as 'Cain The Undertaker', but then when they re-released the videotape years later, they changed it back to 'The Undertaker'. They had taped a few appearances with him at TV tapings before that, and Jason Blackhart is right, the announcer calls him Cain The Undertaker, but his graphics doesn't say that. The full name ended right around that point.
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They also talked about him a couple days later (Survivor Series was on a Wednesday or Thursday then) on the weekend shows (ie; Superstars, Challenge) as Cain the Undertaker. He didn't appear on the shows, but I clearly remember the announcers talking during a squash match about the huge, frightening "behemoth" that debuted during the Survior Series named Cain. I don't even think they said Undertaker very much in that segment. Then, I believe, the next weekend he was just The Undertaker. I know that is the only time I would have heard it 'cause I never got PPVs back then.
(edited by Eradicator on 30.10.03 0828) "The Universe is shaped exactly like the Earth- if you go straight long enough you end up where you were."
Ya know, I kinda like the "Cain" prefix to The Undertaker name. It's got the whole "redneck Amish" thing going for it. But then, I doubt he would've endured this long with it; somewhere along the line they'd have dropped the Undertaker part and just had him as Cain, a big scary wild-eyed guy who crushed everything in his path.
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His debut at Survivor Series was not as "Cain the Undertaker". Ted DiBiase introduced him as "The Undertaker", there's no edit on the tape to clip out a word. And they would have had to edit every time Monsoon or Piper said it on commentary, also.
I really have to differ on this point. I sincerely doubt that WWE thought that Steve Austin WASN'T "the man" in their eyes when he first won the title. He was already the most popular guy in the business.