1996-1998: The Lord of Darkness. With a more medieval edge, the Undertaker continuted to battle in the WWF with his fans behind him all the way, and captured the World Title once again in 1997 at WM the 13th. He kept the title until Summerslam of that year, had a short feud with HBK (and had the first ever Hell in the Cell match with HBK), then came fodder from a previous angle in the year (the "secret" angle w/ Paul Bearer), Kane (Lame as he's known on this site). At first, the Undertaker refused to fight and Lame ended up costing him match after match. At Royal Rumble, 1998 (UT vs HBK in a casket match), it took several men and then Lame to get Taker in his own casket again, and Lame and Paul Bearer set it ablaze.
The Undertaker survived, and had truly become the Lord of Darkness. He fought and defeated Lame at WM 14, then battled and defeated Lame once again in an Inferno match. Then in June 1998, he once again clashed with Mankind in a now legendary Hell in the Cell. He stayed a fan favorite for most of the remainder of the year (though his most loyal fans are always with him), even in a match against Asstin at Summerslam 1998. By the end of 1998, Undertaker re-united with Paul Bearer, and began prophesizing the Ministry of Darkness. The Lord of Darkness showed the world what awaited, and "sacrified" Asstin on a Taker symbol, leading into another Buried Alive match (which Taker lost due to Lame interference). Undertaker was off TV for about a month, and returned in early 1999 with his-
NEXT: Ministry of Darkness