WWE fans in the United Kingdom were shocked and dismayed when it was revealed that they wouldn't get to see The Undertaker in action.
'The Deadman' was supposed to be a part of the WWE's annual post-WrestleMania European Tour and was down to work the SmackDown taping at the O2 Arena in London last Tuesday, as well as a date at a house show.
Unfortunately for fans, The Undertaker didn't make the trip across the Atlantic and was replaced on SmackDown with a cameo appearance from Shane McMahon, who delivered his trademark punches to an irate Miz. Taker wasn't in London and now we know why.
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According to a report from The Wresting Observer Newsletter, via NoDQ.com, the reason why Undertaker stayed in America rather than making the trip, was because of back problems.
"The Undertaker also has documented back problems and long flights can be rough," the report stated.
Interestingly, the report from Dave Meltzer and co. said that Undertaker has revealed that the win against Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 32 was his last in the WWE.
"As previously noted, he was telling people backstage at WrestleMania 32 that it would be his last match. He was spotted by fans out and about in Dallas this week, where he has a home."
That simply cannot be true.
It is no way for one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the WWE to bow out by winning in a match that meant pretty much nothing, while on the side of Vince McMahon.
If this is true that back problems have stopped him from travelling, then we can finally put to bed the ludicrous rumour that The Undertaker pulled himself from the tour because of terrorism fears.
The Observer's original report stated that following the recent attacks in Belgium and Paris, Taker - who has a wife and kids - was scared of being caught in another potential attack.
"For what it's worth, the word going around WWE is that Taker decided against going on the tour, according to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, because of the recent terrorist activities in France and Belgium," Wrestling Inc said.
That can now be officially ruled out, thankfully.
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