For nearly a decade, The Undertaker’s match at WrestleMania has been the hottest match on the entire show, and since The Undertaker has become a “once a year guy,” the WWE fans have always treated him with respect upon his return. Now, WWE isn’t quite sure how the fans will react to The Undertaker when he makes his return to WWE for his match with Bray Wyatt. WWE isn’t worried about the fans booing The Undertaker, but they are worried about the fans having an apathetic reaction to “The Deadman” upon his return.
The Undertaker’s legendary WrestleMania undefeated streak was broken last year by the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. Moreover, it was the first time in a long time that The Undertaker’s match at WrestleMania didn’t steal the show, which could very well be because The Undertaker suffered a concussion early on in the match. But — for the most part — WWE fans got the impression that The Undertaker not only was going to retire, but that he should retire.
WWE teased The Undertaker’s return at last month’s Fast Lane pay-per-view. When The Undertaker’s music hit, the fans popped pretty big, but they did realize pretty quickly that it wasn’t going to end up being The Undertaker.
WWE’s concern of the fans having an apathetic reaction to The Undertaker’s return is due to the fact that when he returns, he’s not going to confront the man who ended his legendary streak, Brock Lesnar. Also, there’s a feeling that WWE fans will think to themselves “what’s the point? He lost last year, so why is coming back this year?” when The Undertaker officially accepts Bray Wyatt’s challenge, and takes place in what could be his final match of his career.
Late last year, and even earlier this year many people believed that The Undertaker would not be wrestling at this year’s WrestleMania, and that he would have his retirement match at next year’s WrestleMania in his home state of Texas. There also was a feeling that he would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame next year as well. Both of those things will likely happen next year, but it comes as a bit of a surprise to a lot of people that “The Deadman” is going to continue his “once a year” tradition this year against Bray Wyatt.
It’s expected that The Undertaker will make his return at tomorrow night’s RAW in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. So, WWE will have their answer on how the fans will react to his return soon enough.
[Image via WWE]