The Undertaker hasn’t been on WWE television since the end of November and WrestleMania 32 is right around the corner. Many are wondering why the Deadman hasn’t been seen to build up his feud and match for the big pay-per-view, but don’t fear. WWE does appear to have the top matches set in place though, and The Undertaker is going to be in one. With that being said, rumors are flying that his opponent will be either Sting or a returning Bill Goldberg.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE does indeed have all of the top matches for WrestleMania 32 confirmed and in place. The Undertaker is always in one of them, but this year, it’s being kept very hush-hush as to who his opponent may be.
The original plan called for a “Legend vs. Legend” match to happen and for The Undertaker to face off with John Cena. Well, Cena’s injury and shoulder surgery have ruled that out even though Forbes is stating that the company is still secretly hoping Cena can heal quickly and return in time for the big event in early April.
That isn’t likely or something they are banking on.
Once that idea was nixed, a number of other suggestions have come about but many names have now been ruled out including John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Kevin Owens, and, much to the delight of fans, Braun Strowman. So, who could it be?
One of the names that keeps popping up is Sting, and many think it’s just not possible with his injury last year and the spinal stenosis in his neck. He is being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame that weekend, but he has not yet officially retired and hasn’t wrestled since Night of Champions in September.
The thing is, Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio said on Wednesday night that the opponent for The Undertaker is someone “not on the roster right now.” Going a little further into that, he spoke more on who it could possibly be.
“Someone who is not an active wrestler is what I was told. Which made me think Sting. I mean, I don’t know if that’s who it is, I mean, who else is there out there?”
It could be Sting and the dream match that so many fans have wanted could happen. Now, would Sting really want to go 0-3 in his WWE matches? Well, if he truly is close to retiring due to his health and age (56), then maybe WWE could do a retirement match stipulation and have Sting voted into the Hall and go out in a huge way.
Now, Meltzer did continue on to say that Bill Goldberg is returning in time for WrestleMania 32 to become the opponent for The Undertaker, but it isn’t the strongest rumor. Meltzer has said that due to Goldberg’s current relationship with WWE, this probably won’t be happening.
The only real reason he was mentioned is because he’s not on the active roster right now, and rumors have flown around about his WWE return for months and years. Anything is possible, but Sting seems more likely than Goldberg right now.
If the “not on the active roster right now” line from Meltzer ends up being totally accurate, then that could severely limit the amount of possibilities. Well, if the company is not counting NXT as the “WWE main active roster,” then the possibilities are almost endless. Should NXT be considered, then the main options would likely be:
- Samoa Joe
- Finn Balor
- Baron Corbin (long shot)
As for those not on the active roster (NXT or WWE) at all right now, there are a few options. When looking at that list, there are even less that are feasible choices or options for WWE to have a face-off with The Undertaker.
Batista – He’s just getting started on filming for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and likely won’t have time for a match. Batista also just recently met with Vince McMahon in January about a possible appearance at WrestleMania 32, but turned it down.
The Rock – “The Great One” is confirmed to be at WrestleMania 32, but his film requirements may keep him from getting in the ring. If he does though, he may be in a tag match or something that won’t have him in a big match-up and reducing the possibility of being injured.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin – This one isn’t happening. The rumors can keep getting passed around, but it is about 99 percent certain that Austin is retired from the ring.
Maybe it’s someone from Ring of Honor that is working without a contract? Maybe it’s a free agent from TNA or NJPW?
The Undertaker is going to be back on WWE television, and probably as soon as Monday Night Raw this upcoming week. His match for WrestleMania 32 appears to be set and in place as far as WWE officials are concerned, but could it be against Sting or Bill Goldberg? The answer to that will be coming soon and fans are chomping at the bit to know.
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