Shock Undertaker return at Battleground was the wrong way for WWE to go

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As any wrestling fan will probably know by now, the Undertaker made a shock return to WWE last Sunday night at WWE Battleground.

Big return

On the surface it looked like WWE had made a great decision for once.

The match-up (The Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar) that the confrontation will almost certainly create definitely feels like a true Summerslam main event and it will surely create a lot of interest in the WWE again. 


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I was certainly happy getting caught up in the moment and watching Undertaker decimate Brock Lesnar for ending his undefeated streak at Wrestlemania 30.

But afterwards, after I had had some time to think about the events in more detail, I realized that this was not the right decision at all. 

Poor decision

The WWE's reasoning for Undertaker's early return is understandable due to their recent poor ratings but it makes no sense in terms of a storyline.

Why would Undertaker wait for over a year to exact his revenge on a man who beat him fair and square at Wrestlemania 30? This situation just makes Undertaker look like a sore loser that can't let go of a grudge. 

Also, as a result of WWE's panic booking, Lesnar's face run is in jeopardy as well despite Undertaker looking to have turned heel during the confrontation by low blowing Lesnar and going back for more revenge after he had delivered the first tombstone piledriver.


Simply put, Undertaker has garnered too much respect and admiration in his 25 year career to ever be seriously be considered a heel again.

This was evident at Battleground when the crowd in St Louis immediately turned on Brock Lesnar and began to cheer for the Undertaker despite Lesnar being in the middle of some of the best work of his career as the mercenary like, hard-hitting, face that wanted to end Seth Rollins's title reign.

This creates a serious problem for WWE. How are they going to create an effective heel/face dynamic without hurting one of the two superstars? It will be interesting to see what the follow up to this situation is on Raw so we can find out if the Undertaker did truly turn heel on Sunday.

Long-term issues

Finally, the main problem I have with this match has nothing to do with the story or the characters. It is with the health of man behind the persona, Mark Calaway.

The last time the Undertaker and Brock Lesnar faced each other, the Undertaker suffered a serious concussion early on in the match which drastically affected the match quality and caused Undertaker to be immediately rushed to hospital after the match.

Is an increased WWE Network subscription rate really worth endangering a superstar who has already suffered numerous injuries throughout his career? And can the match actually live up to the match quality that is expected of a Summerslam main event?

I guess we'll just have to wait until Sunday 23rd to find out. 

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