1999: Ministry of Darkness. The prophecy had come true. Farooq and Bradshaw had become the Acolytes, Dennis Knight had become Mideon, and at the Royal Rumble of that year, Taker recruited Viscera, and a little later the Brood (Gangrel, Edge and Christian). With the Undertaker as the leader of the MOD, it gave him a chance to stay in the spotlight while taking things physically easy, and used his status to attract attention to the wrestlers in his group. Later the Undertaker went from the mastermind who let his minions do the work, to the leader on the battlefeild. At WM 15, he lost the Ministry robe and in new attire, battled, defeated and hung the Big Bossman in another Hell in the Cell. The Brood eventually fell away from the Ministry, and the Ministry itself later merged with the Corporation to become the Corporate Ministry.
The Undertaker was steadily the main menace against Asstin in the ring, with Vince being the "Higher Power". The Undertaker continually showed disdain towards Vince and his attitude towards him, and began moving away from the Corp MOD, taking Paul Wight under his wing and trying to make the Big Slow worth the $10 mil the WWF paid for him. While a good mentor, UT can't work miracles. So with the Ministry mostly still in the background and on his side Taker took a leave from the WWF for a bit. After several months of healing, the Undertaker smashed back into the spotloght at Judgement Day in May 2000 as-
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Taker's return speeches from 1/11/99 and 1/18/99 RAW -Thanks Crob!
Article on the Ministry from a WWF mag -credit to Undertaker is the Bomb
Iron Man Midi
Note: Black Sabbath's Iron Man references and midi are because there were some *slight* references to it in Taker's return speech