The Undertaker pens new WWE deal which stops him from taking bookings with other companies

The Undertaker

When The Undertaker failed to show on April 7 for WrestleMania 35, it was a big surprise to many WWE fans.

Having not missed a 'Mania since 2000 - and even that was just because of an injury - The Deadman had become a staple of the event and his streak part of popular culture.

As the rumours swirled in the weeks before the Show of Shows this year, many thought he would be the one to interrupt Elias' big performance, especially when he told media that he would like to begin a feud with Taker.

Instead it ended up being 'Thuganomics' John Cena who would make a shock return to interrupt The Drifter, which meant no Undertaker at WrestleMania - we wouldn't have to wait long for his next appearance though.

On the Raw after WrestleMania, the legend returned to a thunderous ovation, taking down Elias and possibly starting a new rivalry with 'The Living Truth'.

In recent months Taker has been doing more and more appearances outside of WWE, attending conventions and even partaking in out-of-character interviews with Pastor Ed Young.

Undertaker's new contract prevents him from taking new appearances outside of WWE

He was all-set for a three-date tour of the United Kingdom with Inside The Ropes titled 'Rise Of The Taker', which would presumably see him tell-all about his in-ring career.

Earlier this week though, ITR's Kenny McIntosh revealed that the interview part of the tour would no longer be happening, and he will be replaced by Mick Foley.

That is because according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, per WhatCulture, Taker has now signed a new WWE contract which will prevent him on doing any interviews outside of the company.

It's perhaps harsh on fans who bought tickets to hear The Deadman speak at length about his illustrious career, but for Vince McMahon it's all about protecting his assets, and he's unlikely to want Taker to tell-all about his career just yet.

Taker may be returning to the ring some time soon to face Elias

Foley stated in a Facebook post that Taker flew to WWE headquarters in Connecticut to reason with McMahon as to why he should take part in at least some part of the tour, and because of that he will still be doing meet and greets with fans.

But with a new deal signed there's no guarantees of any matches inside the ring coming up, although you'd have to assume judging by his actions on Raw last week, Undertaker against Elias could be on the agenda, potentially in Saudi Arabia at WWE's next supershow.

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