Last month the WWE finally pulled the trigger as Bray Wyatt called out The Undertaker at the WWE Fastlane pay-per-view.
Weeks prior to the event, Bray Wyatt delivered a number of cryptic promos every week and it was clear he was hinting at The Undertaker but WWE didn’t confirm the plans until Fastlane where he dropped The Undertaker’s name.
The manner in which he finally called out The Undertaker will go down in history as one of the most memorable. Fans were treated to the full works that night, from the eerie music to the bell gongs, the druids and the casket, as every single fan thought we were finally witnessing the return of The Undertaker.
But Bray Wyatt pulled one out of the bag when he sat up out of the casket with a cheesy grin on his face as he got one over the WWE Universe. The build-up in general to this WrestleMania match has been fantastic, it has been completely different to the last ten years or so.
The reason is because we haven’t seen a character like Bray Wyatt, nobody has had a similar gimmick who can genuinely challenge The Undertaker at his own game - and that’s something Bray Wyatt has done. He has carried this feud alone since day one and at a young age he’s doing far better than some of The Undertaker’s victims in previous years.
The WWE have made the decision to keep The Undertaker off-screen and mark his return at WrestleMania 31 itself, to build up the mystique as to where The Deadman has been for an entire year. This is what they did with him at WrestleMania XX after he was buried alive by Kane at the Survivor Series pay-per-view, and his return at WrestleMania brought back the Deadman persona, which was great to see.
So the waiting game will probably pay off for the WWE as all eyes will be on The Undertaker and his return at Levi’s Stadium. This is a perfect match for both men, they have gimmicks that work well together, they both play the mind games, they have unique looks and in-ring styles and watching their entrances at the outdoor stadium will also be something not to miss.
WHO NEEDS THE WIN?
Now that the streak is no more, the match is more difficult to call down the middle. If the streak was intact then maybe The Undertaker would have been the firm favourite heading into this match, especially since a potential match-up with Sting would have been on the cards for next year.
Bray Wyatt is also coming off a WrestleMania defeat, losing in his first WrestleMania to John Cena and only in the long run will we find out whether that was a good or bad decision by the WWE. With both men heading into this blockbuster match coming off the back of a loss each, it’s tough to call which way this will go - or even who could do with the victory.
We don’t know whether The Undertaker will be sticking around after WrestleMania, perhaps this will be his last, maybe he has one more left in him or he’s simply waiting for the Hall of Fame nod for next year.
At the same time, if Bray Wyatt is being built as a future star of the company, somebody who will carry the company and potentially replace The Undertaker, then maybe he needs to be the one to defeat him and end his career at WrestleMania? Back-to-back losses for Wyatt could make him look average and weak.
The WWE have a big decision on their hands come WrestleMania, deciding the winner of the match won’t be easy and will have a big impact on the future of both superstars.