Update: Behind the Undertaker’s surprise appearance at the Cavaliers’ home opener
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with FOX Sports reporting from WWE sources and to reflect that the Undertaker was a guest of the Cleveland Cavaliers. This story also removed earlier reporting from Cleveland.com.
WWE legend The Undertaker caused quite a stir when he made a surprise appearance in Cleveland during the Cavaliers’ season opener.
The Undertaker is standing outside the Cavaliers locker room. Further context is unavailable. pic.twitter.com/8MWhPJarjuArticle continues below ...
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) October 25, 2016
According to sources close to the WWE, Undertaker was a guest of the Cavaliers and his travel expenses were covered by the team.
Many of the Cavaliers are huge wrestling fans. LeBron James rocked Undertaker and Ultimate Warrior t-shirts during and after the NBA Finals last summer, and Kyrie Irving has his own "Ankletaker" logo.
This is the Ankletaker graphic. It's beyond incredible. pic.twitter.com/VBsqGYChlX
— Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) October 6, 2016
Taker appeared in full costume (and it appears in full character), and caused an immediate social media firestorm.
Undertaker told me he's here because LeBron wore his t-shirt prior to Game 5 of the Finals. No previous relationship, just a mutual respect
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) October 25, 2016
Kevin Love and several other Cavs took pictures with the WWE star, and Love got a championship belt to go with his championship ring.
— WWE (@WWE) October 25, 2016
— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) October 25, 2016