The event was Survivor Series 1990. The wrestler was brought in as a mystery teammate on The Million Dollar Team, which was led by Ted Dibiase.
They defeated the squad made up of babyface wrestlers captained by Dusty Rhodes - The Dream Team.
Headed into the 1990 event, the WWF was hyping up the surprise. In the months leading up to the show, advertisements for the Pay-Per-View could be found in the WWF Magazine. All the teams appeared on the page. The part that was eventually taken up by Mark Callaway was darkened out with a question mark.
As I sit here reminiscing, I cannot ignore something from the weeks, likely months, before the menacing debut.
1990 was the year I first started high school. So, it was a time when new friends entered my life. One friendship in particular started off from talking about the 1990 Survivor Series.
There was a lad in our class, who I won't name just in case he turned out to be even more of a psycho as he was back in the day (the most I will tell you is he shares his name with an Olympic swimmer who won a load of medals in his day). He and another boy from the class got into a bit of a fight outside the tuck shop one break-time and I remember walking up to the mild-mannered one to see how he was doing after the push-and-shove.
He knew I was a wrestling fan, so told me that 'I should have put him in the Million Dollar Dream'. At this point, I likely wondered whether I had tagged the wrong person as the psycho, but we continued talking. Our discussion eventually got to the upcoming Survivor Series.
I vividly remember asking my new friend who he thought would be on the Million Dollar Team. I cannot remember who he predicted. I cannot recall my guess. It doesn't matter, though. We both would have been wrong due to The Undertaker being - at the time - a new creation in the mind of Vince McMahon.
Thirty years later and I consider that mild-mannered lad my best friend. I am also a godfather to his children.
I can't say that friendship wouldn't have developed had it not been for The Undertaker, but I for sure can state that our first wrestling conversation was all about guessing who the mystery partner would be on November 22nd 1990.
I was able to find an image of the advert that appeared in the magazine. It can be found on the Wikipedia page for the 1990 Survivor Series.