WWE Fast Lane managed to do what is was designed to by increasing the anticipation for WrestleMania 31 and for most die hard WWE fans, the long awaited announcement was made, The Undertaker will be returning.
After a series of cryptic promos over recent weeks that have seen Bray Wyatt talk about a someone that he doesn’t name, but merely refers to him as the “one they used to fear”. Wyatt’s promos were very mysterious but most people watching could pic up on the clues he was leaving to work out that it was in fact the Deadman that he was talking about.
It actually sounds like Wyatt wants to retire The Undertaker, obviously the Streak has been broken, but could being the one that finally lays the Deadman to rest be a bigger a feat?
In his promos Wyatt spoke about how the WWE used to fear The Undertaker but they only feel love and adoration for him, he spoke about a sense of pity for a once powerful force. Wyatt called himself the “new face of fear” and delivered some really powerful words aimed, cryptically, at The Undertaker.
Wyatt's pre fastlane speech reads like something out of a horror movie:
He said: “devil is knocking on your door. Knock. Knock. Knock. He just wants you to come home. Just let him in. Let him in. Let me in.
“For us, there is no death. Wanna hear a secret? This world is our hell. This world is our hell. We don't belong here. I know you can hear me.
“Any fear that I once had of you has turned into nothing more than putrid, hateful pity. It's coming. His hands may have created this world. But mine will destroy it.
“The angel with the burnt wings cometh. It's time. Find me. FIND ME. Or I'll find you.”
Then after those dark promos, we arrived at Fastlane, and about half-way through the show, the lights went out, the crowd cheered, then a sound we haven’t heard since WrestleMania 30, the famous gong. The crowd cheered louder. As Druid began bringing a coffin to the ring, an appearance by The Undertaker was imminent.
However, it was Wyatt that sat up from the coffin, not The Undertaker. Wyatt cut another show-stealing pro mo and this time he challenged the Deadman outright by saying he will ”claim the soul of The Undertaker”.
The stage is set
So the stage is set for what could be a battle for the ages, depending on The Undertaker’s physical state. There is no denying he wasn’t 100% going into last year’s match with Brock Lesnar, but he has been training hard preparing for his comeback as his real-life wife Michelle McCool has shown on her Instagram account.
We can expect the match to be a spectacle that’s for sure. Undertaker’s recent matches at WrestleMania have normally gone for 20 minutes with the Triple H and Shawn Michaels bouts pushing 30 minutes. Surely the Deadman can’t be expected to do that now, but we could see a different type of match that would allow it to last.
A slower pace, a more psychological match, where every move has a meaning, both Taker and Bray are brilliant at making the crowd hang on their every move so there is no doubt they will be able to put something together that caters to both performers.
It is highly unlikely that The Undertaker will lose two WrestleMania matches in a row, but it depends on how many more matches he has in him, it’s expected he will bow out at WrestleMania 32 in his home-state of Texas so it makes you think he will go out with just the one loss to his Mania record.
Either way for Wyatt, it can only be positive for his career. If he does lose to Taker, he should take him as close to the edge as possible so he still looks strong coming out of Mania. There is no point in The Deadman coming back and just picking up a win in 10 minutes and leaving for another year.
If The Undertaker comes back in the build up to the match and appears on Raw, which he will have to at some point to officially accept the challenge, WWE need to decide if they are going with a weakened Undertaker or a vengeful Deadman.
Either he hasn’t recovered from Lesnar’s win and this could indeed be the final nail in his coffin, if you’ll pardon the pun, or he has been biding his time over the last year before he enacts his revenge on an unfortunate soul.
Realistically he should be strong coming back, there is no point bringing him just to be the weak, old man. He is still too good for that, he can still teach Wyatt a thing or two that’s for sure.
The coming weeks before the spectacle on the grandest stage of them all will be very interesting and will no doubt play host to a series of mind games on both parts. The Undertaker has never really faced a character like Wyatt, someone who is as dark and deadly as him so it will be interesting to see what he makes of the young superstar.
How will it go down?
The stipulation is going to be vital in determining how the match plays out. A strong possibility is a casket match, especially since Wyatt used one at Fast Lane. That would suit The Undertaker and would be very symbolic if he did end up losing. Similarly a buried alive match could signify the end of The Undertaker.
In either of those cases, you can never be sure if it really would be the end of the Phenom, as he has been put in caskets and buried alive before. It would just make his return the following year all the more shocking.
Even in a match that was dominated by Brock Lesnar last year, and with The Undertaker suffering a concussion early on in the match, he still put on a show. WrestleMania is where Taker brings his best and raises the standards of the superstar he is facing and this year will be no different with Wyatt. In fact it has the potential to be one of the best yet, just because of the way it could be built between the two of them.
It could be the war to end all wars or it could set up a rematch for next year’s WrestleMania. With Taker losing this year, he could then face Wyatt in Texas at Mania 32 and win in his final match or it could go the other way with Taker winning this year and Wyatt campaigning for a rematch all year. Then at WrestleMania 32, if Taker does call time on his career, Wyatt could be the one to beat him once and for all.
But you never know with The deadman, one year you think he is gone for good, finished, not coming back, then he returns. After all, you can never truly kill something that is already dead.