The Undertaker made a grand return to WWE television two weeks ago, as he appeared on the Raw after WrestleMania.
Having not been seen since Crown Jewel last November, it was bizarre to have a WrestleMania without The Deadman, but he interrupted Elias' performance one night later and left him laying in the ring.
Just recently it was revealed that Taker had signed a new contract with the company, which would prevent him from taking certain outside bookings.
Having already been booked for a three-date speaking tour in the United Kingdom for the end of April, WWE used their financial prowess to offer him renewed terms which would prevent him from doing any live interviews.
Taker reportedly flew to Connecticut to plead with WWE officials to let him at least partake in the meet and greet aspect, to which they agreed and now Mick Foley will take his place in the speaking part.
More interestingly Taker had been booked to appear at the Starrcast convention in Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend in May.
Starrcast is a fan convention run by podcast host Conrad Thompson and the inaugural event was run in conjunction with Cody Rhodes' super-show ALL IN last year.
The second Starrcast will follow a similar pattern, running alongside All Elite Wrestling's first event - Double Or Nothing - and will host several talk segments from WWE legends and current AEW superstars.
Two WWE icons who won't be a part of that anymore though are Taker and Kurt Angle, as confirmed by Thompson himself to Sports Illustrated.
“The announcement [of Undertaker appearing] went wide and viral," said Thompson.
"I was told it had gotten WWE’s attention and that Vince McMahon texted The Undertaker about the appearance.
"Taker’s representation, which is a company called Get Engaged, called to tell me, ‘WWE says he can’t do it.’”
Thompson fired shots at WWE for their interference despite both The Deadman and the Olympic Gold Medalist both agreeing already to the meet and greets.
“I had an agreement in place with the talent. Without exception, I dealt directly with the talent or their management, they set their terms, and I complied," stated Thompson.
"First class travel accommodations were made and marketing was done. Now, thanks to the influence of WWE, the performers are missing out on substantial income and the fans are being punished.”
It does seem kind of shady from WWE and Vince McMahon, in their mind they are just protecting their interests.
But at the same time it can be seen as extremely petty simply because McMahon reportedly believes that AEW is too closely linked to the convention.
It won't stop other WWE legends from attending, but this news has only served as proof that the higher powers in Stamford do indeed seem threatened by the force that is AEW.News Now - Sport News