The Undertaker, a.k.a. Mark Calaway, is one of the greatest WWE wrestlers of all time, having entertained millions upon millions of fans throughout his lengthy career. As you can imagine, he has amassed a substantial fortune during that time.
Calaway is 51-years-old, and he began working as a professional wrestler back in 1984. He continues to perform in the ring over three decades later, most recently impressing audiences with a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania 32 back in April. Tonight on SmackDown Live, Calaway makes his return.
Here’s what you need to know about The Undertaker and his net worth.
1. His Net Worth Is $17 Million
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Mark Calaway has amassed a net worth of $17 million in his 32 years of wrestling.
This number is quite significant, although it’s slightly lower than some comparable wrestling legends. Hulk Hogan, for instance, is reportedly worth $25 million. Triple H is also believed to be worth $25 million, The Richest reports. However, Calaway’s net worth is higher than that of Bill Goldberg, whose net worth is $14 million.
Beating all of these superstars is “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, whose net worth is $45 million. And then there’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, whose net worth is an astounding $125 million, although he has made a significant amount of that through his Hollywood career rather than through wrestling.
2. He Makes $2.25 Million Per Year
Although Mark Calaway only appears on WWE programming a few times a year, he earns a higher salary than most of the superstars who perform just about every single day.
According to Total Sportek, Calaway has a five-year, part time contract with the WWE, and he makes $2.25 million per year. For comparison, if that figure is true, it would mean he’s making more than Randy Orton ($1.6 million), Chris Jericho ($974,000), The Miz ($712,000), Daniel Bryan ($700,000), and Roman Reigns ($245,000).
The only superstars who make more per year with the WWE than The Undertaker are John Cena ($2.75 Million) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ($3.5 Million).
The Undertaker appeared on WWE programming earlier this year in the leadup to WrestleMania 32, and he went on to fight Shane McMahon in a Hell in a Cell match at that pay-per-view. He has not been seen since, but he will make his return on SmackDown Live‘s 900th episode on November 15th.
3. He Has Participated in 163 Pay-Per-View Matches
Part of the reason The Undertaker has been able to earn such an impressive fortune is due to his participation in the main events of so many WWE pay-per-views, the huge special events which wrestlers often receive bonuses for.
According to the WWE, the Undertaker has taken on opponents in 163 pay-per-view matches. Of those, he has won 94 of them.
Plus, he has been on the poster of 62 pay-per-view events. The most recent pay-per-view that he was on the poster for was Survivor Series 2015. Although he had a key match in WrestleMania 32, The Undertaker was not on that poster; instead, the poster was of Triple H and Roman Reigns.
4. He Has Acted in ‘Suburban Commando’ & ‘Poltergeist: The Legacy’
Like so many WWE superstars, Mark Calaway has dabbled in acting over the years, although he didn’t quite find his calling in it in the same way that Dwayne Johnson did.
Calaway made his feature film debut in the 1991 action-comedy Suburban Commando, which starred Hulk Hogan in the lead role. The Undertaker has a relatively minor part, but he does get to battle it out with Hulk Hogan in one scene.
The Undertaker did not take on any additional acting roles until 1999, when he appeared in an episode of the TV series Poltergeist: The Legacy. Once again, this was a pretty small role. That same year, he had a guest appearance in an episode of Celebrity Deathmatch.
That was the last time Mark Calaway would act outside of the WWE until 2015, when he did some voice acting work for the animated film The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown. Calaway also provided the voice of The Undertaker for 2016’s Scooby-Doo! And WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon, which also featured Triple H, The Miz, Paige, Lana, Vince McMahon, and more WWE superstars. The Undertaker was the only one to make it onto the DVD cover of that film.
5. He Established a Fund to Help Save Sick Dogs
The Undertaker has put his wealth and celebrity status to good use, as he and his ex-wife Sara Frank established the Zeus Compton Calaway Save the Animals fund at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The fund’s goal is to help dog-owners who can’t afford to treat their sick pet.
“No pet owner should have to put their beloved animal to sleep because they are unable to pay medical bills,” the organization says on its website. “The Zeus Compton Calaway Save the Animals Fund was established to help pet owners bridge the gap between their ability to pay for lifesaving medical treatment and the costs of the procedure.”
The fund is named after Zeus, Mark and Sara’s dog who they adopted in 1999. Unfortunately, Zeus developed a rare disease and, after being examined at Texas A&M University, he died in February of 2004.
“Zeus was not just a dog,” Sara Frank says on the Save the Animals fund website. “He was my best friend and a beloved member of our family. Mark and I decided we wanted to do something special and personal to help other large breeds such as Zeus.”