After posting a pre-WWE photo of The Undertaker last week on Instagram, John Cena posted another old-school shot of his rival from his days in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) under the ring name Texas Red.
Cena didn’t write a caption for the photo, as is always the case with his Instagram page. His account’s description states, “These images will be posted without explanation, for your interpretation.”
The Undertaker began his wrestling career in 1984 in WCCW and he stayed there through 1988. He wasn’t completely focused on wrestling during this time period as he attended Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas and played on the basketball team. His manager in the photo is General Skandor Akbar.
Here is footage of his first-ever wrestling match, which was against Bruiser Brody.
You can also see his debut match on the WWE Network in the Vault section on an episode of WCCW dated July 11, 1987. His manager on that night is Percival Pringle III, who would go on to be his manager in WWE, Paul Bearer.
The Undertaker is expected to face Cena at WrestleMania a week from this Sunday, although he has yet to officially answer his challenge.