The Undertaker appears in “Sneaker Shopping,” which mentions LeBron James’ Tribute Shoe

The Undertaker, real name Mark Calaway, made an appearance at Complex’s Sneaker Shopping this week as part of the promotion for tonight’s 30th anniversary special edition. Monday Night Raw and this weekend’s royal rumble pay-per-view. “The Deadman” discussed his decades-long history with sneakers, including starring in leather Dr. J’s while playing collegiate basketball, strangling Terry Funk out of his shoes in Hell in a cell and his love for the original Adidas Top Tens. He also talked about when LeBron James made special themed shoes dedicated to him called the Lebron 14 Undertaker.

“Anyone with LeBron’s stature in the sneaker world, those were really cool. Every time you see a tribute to yourself, it’s kind of humbling to know kids out there wearing their little LeBron Undertakers. It’s a cool feeling. Those shoes beautiful become,” Undertaker said.

He also reviewed the special Puma Clyde “Undertakers” released in 2017 as a tie-in for WrestleMania 33. At the time, Undertaker’s match with Roman Reigns at that event was positioned as the former World Champion’s final fight, but only succeeded because for years he chased a match that he thought would be the right sender. That didn’t come until three years later when he would wrestle AJ Styles in the cinematic Boneyard Match op Wrestle Mania 36. Calaway noted that despite the Pumas being named and designed after him, he never got his hands on one of the 23 pairs.

“They made a very limited number of them. Really classic black streamlined shoe. It’s a really cool shoe. I’d be curious to see what they’re worth now. I didn’t even get a pair. Thought I had some juice. I didn’t even get a pair. They were that limited. If you have them in a size 45, we can talk,” he said, laughing.

Calaway has admitted in interviews in the years since his retirement that he feels he could physically wrestle another match, but fears it wouldn’t live up to the standards set by fans who have cheered him on for so many years.

“I think it’s always in my head and in my heart, especially when I’m getting ready for WrestleMania here at AT&T Stadium, it’s like… man. But it’s just at a point where I’m not physically on a level can perform,” Undertaker told me The Dallas Morning News back in 2021. “I mean I could go out and walk through something and I could get through a game. But I can’t give people what they expect right now. When you see Undertaker, you pay money to watching that man struggle. I physically can’t live up to people’s expectations. … Obviously the passion is still there. I think it will always be there. It’s just the physical side of it. … My time has come my time is up this is the WWE and things happen you never know But I know my time is up and it’s time for these young guys to step forward and take over and us lead to where we’re going.’

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