At Elimination Chamber on Sunday, for the second time in the space of 10 days, The Undertaker cost AJ Styles a massive win.
First it was at Super ShowDown in the Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet match, where Taker took Rey Mysterio’s place to last eliminate Styles and win the ‘prestigious’ accolade.
And when The O.C. swarmed Aleister Black in his No DQ match against Styles two nights ago, The Deadman made his presence felt once again with another Chokeslam.
If it wasn’t obvious to anyone by now, the two are going to be going one-on-one at WrestleMania 36 in Tampa, and if this happened around 10 years ago, there’s every chance that it would be a Match of the Year contender.
Taker turns 55 in a couple of weeks, but he can still go in the ring to an extent, but you’d assume that Styles will end up carrying him to a good match quite a bit – but even if it ends up being average, the promos should be amazing.
And last night on Raw, it was AJ who fired the first personal shots towards Taker – and he even broke the fourth wall in the process.
The Phenomenal One started off by saying that Taker should have retired after Brock Lesnar ended his streak, and stated that he doesn’t see a ‘mythical Phenom’ anymore – just a broken down old man.
AJ then did the one thing that no other WWE superstar has done on television – as he called Taker by his real name – Mark Calaway.
You could hear the audible gasp from the crowd as he dropped that name, but he would go even further to antagonise The Deadman – by bringing his wife Michelle McCool into it.
McCool was recently back in the spotlight after she displayed her bemusement at WWE shunning her from Women’s History Month, and AJ gave her even more attention in his promo.
Styles labelled McCool as ‘conniving’, and told Taker that she is going to run him into the ground – with assistance from AJ himself at WrestleMania.
The majority of the promo can be found HERE, and it has laid the groundwork for the feud to become very personal with the contract signing for the match taking place on Raw next week.
Now if the actual Mark Calaway comes to Raw next week instead of The Undertaker character, things will get REALLY interesting…
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