The future of The Undertaker in WWE circles has never been more in doubt than it is right now.
It's been knowledge for weeks now according to several reports that Taker is currently not in the WWE's plans for WrestleMania 35 in New Jersey, and then big news was announced on social media yesterday regarding an appearance he is making in May.
The Deadman will make a showing at Starrcast II, the fan convention being hosted by All Elite Wrestling and he will reportedly be paid $60,000 for a three-hour appearance and a photo opportunity will set fans back $150.
He will join the likes of Bret Hart, Sting, Ric Flair and Lita during the three-day bonanza, which will occur before AEW's first live show - Double Or Nothing.
It caused a major shock to fans considering All Elite can be seen as WWE's competitors now, but there's hardly any chance that he will make an in-ring appearance for them as he's been fiercely loyal to Vince McMahon in the past, especially in the 1990s when WCW came calling.
In the wake of the Starrcast reveal, Dave Meltzer has reported the latest on Undertaker's situation with WWE is that he's no longer under contract as a wrestler on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, nor is he currently booked for another major event coming up.
Per Ringside News, Meltzer stated: “At least as of a week ago he was not doing either [WrestleMania or Saudi Arabia].
"Obviously [WWE] can panic and the Saudi Arabia show if the Prince wants him they can offer him so much money to do it, but as of a week ago he was not on either show, so I think he’s retired as a wrestler.”
The last part is just speculation, but it would be disappointing for Taker's last bout to be a loss in the Middle East, and not a match at 'Mania, where his name is synonymous - even at the age of 54 someone can give him a decent retirement bout.
And it's even more of a surprise that as of right now, the money that the Saudi's are willing to spend hasn't stretched as far as Taker yet.
Maybe they were disappointed with his showing in the match with Kane against DX last November, or perhaps they're going to make a late push to get him on the card.News Now - Sport News