As you all know, Undertaker is on his annual post-Wrestlemania hiatus. Considering his previous patterns and with the exception of injury, he will return in time for Summer Slam, where he is rumoured to face Triple H.
Over the weekend, news leaked online that WWE were considering send Taker to Raw via the draft, to compensate the move of a top babyface to Smackdown.
While the WWE Draft came and went with a few decent moves here and there, the Undertaker remains on Smackdown...or does he?
Multiple sources from inside WWE are indicating that the Undertaker will return to WWE on the flagship show Monday Night Raw, not his ''home'' on Friday night's.
This more or less confirms that he will resume his program with Triple H upon his return, who has also conveniently been ''missing in action'' since Wrestlemania.
However, is there more to this move than meets the eye?
Is this another tell-tale sign that Undertaker is preparing to hang up the boots in the near future?
I think so.
When Undertaker eventually retires, presumably within the next 18-24 months, it will be played up.
You don't just send the biggest draw in your company's history into the sunset without making a huge fuss about it.
Thus, Undertaker moves to Raw. Why wouldn't you want the Deadman on your main show during his last run?
In my opinion, this move, should it come to fruition, puts the writing on the wall as far as Undertaker's active career is concerned.
He may retire after WrestleMania 28 in Miami next year, but honestly, I could see him return just for one more WrestleMania match against John Cena at WrestleMania 29.
That match would make millions for Vince McMahon and is a match that everybody would want to see.
As crazy as WWE can be at times, even they aren't crazy enough to pass up this match.
However, the problem is not whether or not Undertaker can be persuaded to stick around for it(as he bleeds WWE and will do anything to help the company), its whether or not Vince wants the match to happen.
Regardless, whenever Undertaker decides to walk away from the game, it will be a black day in professional wrestling.
There will never be a man who has been so loyal and consistent for WWE, never another man who has connected with the fans in the way that he has.
Put simply, there will never be another Deadman.
There will only ever be one Undertaker and WWE will never be the same without him.
Thanks to LordsofPain.net for the news.
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