After his shock appearance at WWE's house show in Waco, T.X. last week, many expected The Undertaker to show up on the following Monday's Raw and cost much-rumored WrestleMania foe CM Punk his No.1 contender match with John Cena, thus beginning their program.
He didn't, of course, leading many to wonder just when "The Deadman" will show up on WWE television.
Over at PWInsider, Mike Johnson has given an update on the star's status, noting that he is expected back on television "shortly" and "possibly even as soon as Monday's Old School Raw."
Johnson went on to give an update on the likely direction of CM Punk/Undertaker storyline and how Punk's controversial promo on this past Monday's Raw plays in to it:
Undertaker vs. CM Punk was confirmed for Wrestlemania about a week ago and WWE Creative is now scrambling to fast-track the match's storyline. They started phase one with Punk's promo on Monday referring to himself as an "icon" above Superstars and God.
Johnson also noted that there is currently concern in WWE about Punk's status and credibility after he (presumably) loses to The Undertaker at WrestleMania:
One concern within some facets of creative is that with Punk having lost two PPVs in a row and again to Cena, that a loss to Undertaker at Wrestlemania could really damage one of the two names who show they can draw on the road currently, the other being John Cena.
Of course, some could argue that one way to nullify this concern would be to have Punk actually beat Undertaker at the pay-per-view, but this may be out of the question.
Hey, if true mega-stars like Shawn Michaels and Triple H couldn't end the streak, after having two attempts each, why should CM Punk be able to?
There's also next year's WrestleMania XXX to think about.
At this point, it would be unthinkable not to have Undertaker defend his streak (possibly for the last time) at what will surely be one of the biggest pay-per-views in WWE history. Having him lose at WrestleMania 29 would, therefore, be a disaster.