As we head towards 2017 and the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in January, the focus also shifts to The Undertaker and the possibility of him competing at WrestleMania.
It’s always a question of ‘will he-won’t he?’ regarding The Deadman's role at the grandest stage of them all, and he’s always managed to come back in time to put on a great match against whoever the lucky opponent is.
With WrestleMania 33 taking place in Orlando next year, there are rumours that he won’t be able to compete and could call it a day.
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He apparently already told Vince McMahon that he didn’t want to compete, while Sting is also holding off on surgery in the hope of securing a dream match with The Phenom.
Kevin Owens and John Cena have also been touted as potential opponents for The Undertaker, and although there are doubts about his participation, Jim Ross says he’ll be surprised if he misses the event.
In his latest blog entry, he posted: “Regarding the litany of Undertaker questions that we have received both here on our site and via Facebook and Twitter @JRsBBQ, the Deadman apparently had a minor hip procedure completed recently.
“This procedure will have little to no bearing on Taker performing at WM33 in Orlando next April based on what I know.
“It also doesn’t mean that Taker will compete on the grand stage in 2017 but at this point I’d be surprised if he didn’t. If the next WrestleMania is Taker’s last one, then one has to assume that WWE will do nothing but capitalise on this golden opportunity market the career and accomplishments of the Undertaker with an historic weekend.
“To this entire matter, one can merely say. ‘Stay tuned.’”
JR makes a good point.
The WWE cannot afford to wait an entire year for The Undertaker as, by then, he may be in no fit state to continue, and they won’t want him to exit on a whimper, having defeated Shane McMahon two years before retirement.
If there are serious question marks over his future, then they need to give him a big match in Orlando, build it up as his final one and let him go out on a high.
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