Developments on Monday Night RAW now mean the WWE Universe can finally stop wondering whether The Undertaker will be appearing at WrestleMania XXXI.
The Dead Man will take on Brey Wyatt at the grandest stage of them all, but, with the veteran Superstar such a big draw for fans - the WWE have set in place a plan to ensure they make the most of his big return.
Indeed, new reports today suggest that the WWE higher up's plan could be bordering on the exploitative.
According to NoDQ, the word within the WWE is that Vince McMahon and co are planning to keep The Undertaker off TV broadcasts in the run up to WrestleMania XXXI in order to ensure they make the most money out of their big name star.
"There's a feeling that the idea behind keeping Taker off TV is that they want fans to wait, and to pay, to see The Undertaker's first appearance since losing to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX."
The idea makes business sense, but it does sum up the WWE's obsession with squeezing every cent out of it's loyal audience.
They know that people will pay big money to see The Undertaker's 23rd appearance at WrestleMania, and know that if they even show him out of the ring at a Raw or SmackDown in the next couple of weeks they will potentially lose subscriptions to 'Mania itself as some of the suspense will be gone.
With some fans unhappy at the current plans for WrestleMania the WWE clearly feel they cannot take a chance with what has traditionally grown into one of the biggest moments of every WrestleMania - the arrival of The Undertaker.
Will he be ready?
Even if the WWE had been planning on bringing out The Taker on free to air shows, it remains unclear whether the veteran wrestler would have been able to do much of note.
With injuries and age catching up on him every year there had even been speculation that an appearance at 'Mania this time around might have been too much.
Fortunately that doesn't seem the case. Unfortunately, it looks like the WWE are making all of his loyal fans will have to pay up to see that magic moment. Hopefully it will be worth the wait (and the price).
What do you think WWE fans? Is it right to keep The Undertaker off TV for monetary gains? Or does it simply add to the suspense not seeing him for so long? Let us know in the comments section below...
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