With The Undertaker being absent from WWE programming since the month of April, there have been numerous rumors began the Deadman’s status with some even suggesting that the legend had hung up his boots for good. It looks like that is not the case, however, as his much-awaited return has been officially announced.
The Undertaker will be making an appearance on the 15th November episode of Smackdown Live which takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennslyvania. It is the final Smackdown Live show before the Survivor Series pay-per-view which takes place on November 20th.
It is also the 900th episode of Smackdown and the arena’s Twitter handle tweeted this earlier today:
The Phenom was synonymous with the blue brand during the final years of his full-time run and he is likely being brought in for the celebration of the milestone episode for the second-longest running weekly episodic television show. There is also speculation that he could appear at the Survivor Series PPV. He also shares a long history with the November event where he made his WWE debut 26 years ago. It could be entirely coincidental but nothing can be ruled out at this moment.
There is also the possibility that The Last Outlaw could kickstart his program for Wrestlemania 33. There have been recurring talks of a John Cena vs The Undertaker feud and since Cena being on the same show, it would make sense to plant the seeds for the iconic clash.
The Undertaker is fully expected to perform at Wrestlemania 33 in Orlando, Florida. Another name that was thrown around as Taker’s potential opponent for the biggest stage was Goldberg but that would only come to fruition if the WWE officials are successful in convincing him to stick around for another match
The Undertaker recently joined the Cleveland Cavaliers on the opening night of the 2016-17 NBA season and was seen walking around comfortably without the crutches he was spotted with a few weeks ago. This could be a positive sign as it would indicate a recovery from the hip surgery he underwent.
The Undertaker last competed in a match at Wrestlemania 32 earlier this year in Dallas,Texas where he faced the returning Shane McMahon in an epic Hell in a Cell match. The Undertaker last appeared on Smackdown on 19 November 2015 edition in a backstage segment addressing The Wyatt Family.
The Undertaker and Kane went on to defeat Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt at Survivor Series 2015 billed as the 25th Anniversary of The Undertaker.