Roman Reigns vs. The Undertaker is the current plan for one of the WrestleMania 33 main events.
Despite the fact that Reigns will likely be booed out of the Camping World Stadium, Vince McMahon has reportedly wanted to do this match for some time. WrestleMania 33 may be the last big chance to do the match due to Taker’s health.
Reigns eliminated Taker in this year’s Royal Rumble match to set up their WrestleMania beef but Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that there is the idea of a generational passing of the torch being discussed, which may be hard to pull off with the expected crowd reaction to Reigns. That could indicate an official heel run for Reigns but The Observer notes that WWE’s long-term goal is still for Reigns to be the face of the company.
Regarding Taker’s health, we noted before that he was said to be really hurting with hip pain after Sunday’s Royal Rumble main event. Taker had hip surgery last fall but still needs a hip replacement surgery, which he’s been putting off until his in-ring career is over.
The Undertaker lasted just 8:46 in the 2017 WWE Royal Rumble main event, eliminating four Superstars – Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, The Miz and Bill Goldberg, but word from backstage is that Taker was really hurting after the show, according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio.
Taker was reportedly dealing with hip issues during the Rumble. He did undergo hip surgery back in the fall of 2016 and it was reported then that the surgery had his WrestleMania 33 status up in the air. As we’ve noted, the current plan is for Taker to face Roman Reigns at WrestleMania in Orlando this April.
Last night Raw ended with an intense face-off between Goldberg, Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker, giving viewers one final tease before they all compete in the Royal Rumble.
It all went down during the closing segment when Goldberg declared he would be the victor of the Rumble match and Paul Heyman interrupted to bring out his Beast of a client.
Just as it looked as Golberg and Lesnar were about to fight, the gong struck, the lights went out and Taker was standing in the ring with them. They stared each other down as the show went off the air.
Below is a fan video in which you can see what happened after RAW went off the air:
The Undertaker made his return to RAW last night. He declared his entrance into the 2017 Royal Rumble Match. He said he has dug 29 holes for 29 souls.
The Undertaker and Kane reunited after last night’s WWE SmackDown Live 900 went off the air. WWE posted this video of the Brothers of Destruction together once again.
The Undertaker made his long awaited return last night on SmackDown Live just days before Survivor Series, he had a stern warning for Team Blue.
Undertaker appeared during a segment of the Cutting Edge hosted by WWE Hall of Famer Edge.He informed Smackdown’s team that they’ll have consequences to pay if they lose on Sunday, because he’s officially back in action.
“WrestleMania will no longer define who I am … I’m back.” Adding, ““There’s no reason to fear failure, but if you fail, you’ll have reason to fear the Deadman. Team RAW better REST IN PEACE.”
It’s been over six months since The Undertaker set foot in a WWE ring, but now we can all rest in peace … because The Deadman will return this month for the 900th episode of SmackDown.
The Mohegan Sun Arena announced his return on Twitter today saying, “BREAKING NEWS! The Undertaker returns to Wilkes-Barre on 11.15 for the 900th episode of SmackDown Live.”
As you probably remember, Taker last appeared for WWE when he wrestled Shane McMahon in a Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania 32. We can only hope that his upcoming return will lead to another match at WrestleMania 33.
Despite recently walking around on crutches, they were nowhere in sight when he attended a Cavaliers game last week … therefore it’s unclear if he’ll be wrestling anytime soon.
Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet