ARLINGTON (KFDX / KJTL) – Wrestlemania returns to the Metroplex in April 2022 for the first time since breaking the event attendance record in 2016.
Fans who attended a Wednesday night on sale at AT&T Stadium in Arlington had the opportunity to secure the first tickets before they went on sale to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 12.
Tobin McDuff, Sporting Director of KFDX / KJTL was at the party and met one of the greatest of all time.
His legal name is Mark Calaway, and before he rose to fame in the ring he tried his luck on the basketball court.
Calaway could rebound, score and play defense, and after a career in high school and college on the Texas state courts, he played his last game for the Texas Wesleyan at the DL Ligon Coliseum in Wichita Falls.
Calaway scored two points and two rebounds in this game.
“Awful,” Calaway said. “There’s a reason I’m a wrestler and not a basketball player.”
Calaway played college basketball for a season when he was taken off the field and in the ring.
Calaway spent six years honing his craft before making his professional debut in 1984 at the Dallas Sportatorium and took on a name wrestling fans around the world have grown to love and fear.
“You had to be able to do one of two things,” Calaway said. “You either have to make people like you or you have to make them hate you. It doesn’t matter which one because they are going to pay the money. Either they’re going to pay to see you kick someone’s butt, or they’re going to pay money to see you kick somebody’s butt.
The Undertaker kicked the butt for three decades, becoming a seven-time World Champion during that time and leading Wrestlemania five times.
“Wrestlemania is our industry’s equivalent as the Super Bowl is to the NFL,” Calaway said. “You work your tail all year round, so you’re on the map at Wrestlemania. It’s kind of your first goal. I want to be on the map at Wrestlemania.
But it wasn’t enough for Calaway to be on the map.
“At the end of the day, I think the biggest compliment you can get is being the Main Event at Wrestlemania,” Calaway said.
In November 2020, The Undertaker retired, but Calaway continues to promote WWE, both the company’s charitable efforts and, of course, the event that made him a global phenomenon.
“Wrestlemania 38 is going to be the most extraordinary two-night Wrestlemania in history,” said Calaway.
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