One of the big talking points over the last nine months or so has involved The Undertaker and whether The Phenom will be competing inside a WWE ring ever again, after Brock Lesnar conquered his undefeated streak earlier this year at WrestleMania XXX.
As the WWE calendar rolls around towards the Royal Rumble event, rumours circulate year after year; whether The Undertaker will be returning, when he could be returning and who his opponent could be.
This year has been no different. In fact this year has probably been the first time The Undertaker’s potential return has been in doubt. First off, his streak was ended at the hands of The Beast Incarnate and current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar so realistically he has nothing left to fight for at the grandest stage of them all.
Secondly, his health has always been a major concern as he gets older. It’s no secret that he isn’t in the best of conditions right now and even one big match per year would be a huge ask for him. At the moment there is no confirmed word whether The Undertaker is set to return but - based on a picture which was taken at a recent WWE live event on December the 6th in Augusta, Georgia - it looks like the WWE are confident that The Undertaker will be at the San Francisco Bay Area.
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The image is of a WWE tour bus where The Undertaker’s likeness is next to the official WrestleMania XXXI logo, and even though this isn’t confirmation it’s certainly a good sign as the WWE would not have advertised The Deadman if he was definitely out of the event.
It’s very easy to assume that this doesn’t really count for anything and who knows whether, in the coming weeks, the WWE may decide to pull down the advertising once they have a better indication of whether The Undertaker will be returning or not.
However, this wouldn’t be the first incident where the WWE’s production trucks have revealed a future announcement. A couple of months ago the WWE production trucks were advertising that SmackDown was moving to Thursday nights and, as we now know, the move will be taking place in the New Year. So perhaps the WWE know something the fans don’t regarding The Undertaker’s health and availability in March?
Usually when we speculate on who could challenge the streak we are never short of options but now that the streak moved to 21-1 courtesy of Lesnar, there aren’t many options out there for The Undertaker. In previous years names such as John Cena have been picked out for a shot at the streak but a short list has become even shorter as only one man looks to be the best option in a final match for both stars.
Sting recently debuted in the WWE after years and years of waiting and speculating, but based on the way that unfolded the WWE could lean towards a match between Triple H and Sting rather than The Undertaker. If that’s the case then The Undertaker’s career will more or less be over.
But if The Undertaker can prove his fitness and shows that he’s in good enough health to compete in a match at WrestleMania then the WWE could still opt to go for the dream match fans have been agonisingly waiting to see.