We’re just about a month and a half away from WrestleMania 32, and Undertaker’s opponent for the event is unclear. Over the last several months, there have been rumors saying that Undertaker was going to end up wrestling Braun Strowman at AT&T Stadium this coming April. However, according to the Wrestling Observer, Strowman won’t be wrestling “The Deadman” at WrestleMania 32.
On Wednesday’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Metlzer reported that WWE is planning on having Braun Strowman compete in the annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, which he’ll presumably win.
“Undertaker vs. Braun Strowman is dead, it’s completely dead now. Strowman is scheduled for the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. At least as of right now.”
The Wyatt Family has been feuding with guys like Kane, Ryback, and Big Show over the last couple of weeks, which has led many to believe that the Wyatts will be in some kind of multiple person match this coming spring. Some have even suggested that Undertaker will team up with Kane, Big Show, and Brock Lesnar to take on all four members of the Wyatt Family in an eight-man match. But that match doesn’t seem likely.
Big Show ended up winning last year’s Andre the Giant Battle Royal, much to the chagrin of the WWE fans, who wanted Damien Sandow to win the match.
It’s very likely that Big Show will end up in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal this year, and if WWE is planning on having Braun Strowman be in the Battle Royal, then that explains why he and Big Show have had their battles over the last couple of weeks.
There’s also a big chance that Strowman and Big Show will be the final two men in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal.
As for who Undertaker will face, well, there’s not too many guys out there for WWE to choose from, as their roster is extremely thin due to injuries.
Before John Cena was injured, there were several reports that WWE was planning to have him go one on one with Undertaker this coming spring, and there actually is a chance that the match will end up happening, as Cena’s goal is to come back and be a part of WrestleMania 32.
There are also multiple people within WWE who believe that John Cena will recover from his shoulder injury, and be able to wrestle at WrestleMania 32. According to Cageside Seats, the plan is to make Cena vs. Undertaker happen if Cena recovers in time for the event.
If he’s not able to, then Undertaker may end up taking on Kevin Owens, who, other than Triple H, is the strongest heel that WWE has. But Owens vs. Undertaker seems unlikely because they haven’t exactly been building Owens up over the last couple of weeks.
When talking about WrestleMania 32 on Jim Ross’s podcast, the Ross Report, WWE legend Sean “X-Pac” Waltman predicted that Seth Rollins would return to action in time for the event, which would be much sooner than everybody expects.
Just days before the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, WWE posted a video on their website where they tried to predict who would be a surprise entrant in the Rumble match, and Seth Rollins was one of the names that was mentioned. The video noted that Seth Rollins’ rehab was well ahead of schedule, but him returning at the Royal Rumble probably would have been way too soon, as he completely blew out his knee just two months before the event.
If Rollins is able to return in time for WrestleMania 32, then he may be the one to take on The Undertaker.
As of this writing, Undertaker is scheduled to return to WWE television the night after the WWE Fastlane show later this month. So, we’ll definitely know a lot more about who “The Deadman” will be facing on WWE’s grandest stage following his return to television.
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