WWE Extreme Rules 2013: What an Appearance by the Undertaker Really Means

Travis TaylorFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2013

Photo by WWE.com
Photo by WWE.com

If the rumors are true and The Undertaker does appear at Extreme Rules, his presence on the card could do several things for WWE. From propelling The Shield, to a fallout with Kane, this single pay-per-view match has the potential to create stars and feuds (h/t F4W Online via Wrestling Inc). 

The Road to WrestleMania XXX could begin next month.

The WWE Universe is fully aware that CM Punk will not be at the Extreme Rules PPV. Reported frustrations with creative, as well as mounting injuries, put him on the shelf for a few weeks. Punk isn't scheduled to appear again until May 27.

This past Sunday, WWE.com announced that WWE champion John Cena had also become injured. Damage to his Achilles tendon has now put him at risk for the same event.

With WWE in a tight spot, it should come as no surprise that the company would be maneuvering the Deadman onto the show. While the same reports say it is to add star power to the show, it could be more than that.

For the past few weeks there have been several teases of a feud between The Shield, Undertaker and Team Hell No.

The Shield tried to ambush Undertaker on the Monday Night Raw following WrestleMania 29. The trio from NXT then fought the Phenom and Team Hell No in a six-man bout on the April 22 edition of Raw, where it scored the upset victory.

On SmackDown the same week, Undertaker handed The Shield its first loss as he made Dean Ambrose tap out in his debut singles match. This was followed by a beatdown from Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.

WWE may be setting up yet another six-man bout with Team Hell No and The Shield, this time with the tag team titles on the line. If Vince McMahon and Co. are keen on keeping the momentum for The Shield going, the trio should both pin Undertaker and take the tag team titles.

In one night Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns would become champions and be elevated into that tiny fraction of wrestlers who have clean pinfall victories over Undertaker. That list includes Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Steve Austin and The Rock.

To look at it from a different angle, perhaps the beating from SmackDown will lead to rematch between Ambrose and Undertaker. The Deadman, being both a WWE legend and seven-time champion, doesn't need to win. But Ambrose would benefit greatly from a victory.

If Rollins and Reigns win the tag team titles at Extreme Rules, it would make sense that Ambrose would begin competing as a singles Superstar. What better way to launch his singles career than by doing what Punk said was bigger than the WWE title—beating Undertaker.

Another possibility of having Undertaker at the event would be to begin a nearly yearlong buildup of a feud between the Deadman and his brother Kane. With rumors running wild that WrestleMania XXX will be the last for the Phenom, it would be fitting for him to face off one more time with the Big Red Machine. 

Again, this would have to happen as the result of a six-man tag team encounter with Team Hell No against The Shield. Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns would have to win, resulting in Kane blaming both Daniel Bryan and Undertaker for the loss.

Having so many options with Undertaker is the reason adding him to the show would do wonders. He's reached the point in his career where a loss means nothing to him, but would help everyone else.

Have Undertaker put The Shield over in the best way possible, and it opens the door for a wild final trip to the dark side.