WWE unveils a life-size Undertaker statue to kick off WrestleMania weekend. Included: The old companions from the “Bone Street Krew”.

The biggest WWE weekend of the year has its first emotional moment: The legendary Undertaker has arrived in Dallas ahead of WrestleMania 38 – and celebrated a reunion with numerous old companions.

The Taker, who will be inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame this Friday after the Friday Night SmackDown TV show, was already honoured on a smaller scale the day before: on the first day of Fanfest Axxess, the “Phenom” was given a monument in the literal sense.

An Undertaker statue was presented to the public in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. In attendance were storyline brother Kane and future Hall-of-Fame colleagues Triple H and Shawn Michaels, as well as various members of the Undertaker’s old backstage circle of friends, the “Bone Street Krew”.

Bone Street Krew” reunited around Undertaker

Members of the Bone Street Krew included the Taker, his early deceased rival Yokozuna, his cousin Rikishi Phatu (father of Jimmy and Jey Uso, also cousin of Roman Reigns), Charles Wright (competed in WWE as Papa Shango, Kama, The Godfather), Savio Vega, Mark Canterbury (Henry Godwinn) and Dennis Knight (Phineas Godwinn, Mideon).

The heavyweight circle of friends is surrounded by many myths, many of them exaggerated: Even the name is less martial than it seems: The word “Bone” is an ambiguous play on words that not only means bones, but alludes to an English synonym for “dominoes”, the cronies’ favourite hobby.

Speculation about an enmity with the other famous backstage alliance of the nineties, the “Kliq” (Shawn Michaels, Triple H, “Diesel” Kevin Nash, “Razor Ramon” Scott Hall, “1-2-3 Kid” Sean Waltman) was also groundless, as was repeatedly emphasised in various interviews.

Undertaker turns on Triple H and Shawn Michaels

At the reunion in Dallas, “BSK” now also presented himself side by side with Shawn Michaels – now in charge of WWE’s rebuilding squad NXT – and WWE executive Triple H, who himself has had upsetting months: As a result of serious heart problems, he has ended his active career and also has to cut back on other professional activities. This was compounded in mid-March by the tragic death of Kliq colleague Hall.

Now Michaels and Triple H celebrated a bittersweet moment with the Taker: The “Dead Man” – accompanied by wife Michelle McCool and daughter Kaia Faith – emphasised the “eternal brotherhood” with BSK and also addressed Michaels and Triple H: “We’ll always have room for you if your Kliq card ever runs out.”

he statue of Taker – which will now be on display for fans to see in Dallas and at upcoming major events – once again highlights the singled-out importance of the “Phenom”: only select legends such as Ric Flair and the late icons Bruno Sammartino, Andre the Giant, Dusty Rhodes, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and The Ultimate Warrior have ever been immortalised in the same way by WWE.