The Undertaker had quite an interesting battle with Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 32 this past year. The match took place in Taker’s home state of Texas in the biggest venue with the largest live audience in WWE history inside the AT&T Stadium. Most think that, for someone like Undertaker, it would be a good way to go out. Winning in your home state on the grandest stage and being part of such a huge show can only be something to be happy with at the end of your career. Don’t tell this to the WWE Chairman however.
Vince McMahon clearly wants to bring back The Undertaker for WrestleMania 33. This was made quite apparent by the stipulation he added to the match at WrestleMania 32 where if Undertaker lost, it would be his final WrestleMania. This of course led to people wondering more about who would win, and it actually hurt the match as we didn’t want to see either man win or either man lose. It did nothing in the end either, as Shane’s loss literally gave him the very thing he fought and lost for.
Undertaker was originally set to face off with John Cena at WrestleMania 32, but injuries happening through WWE changed a great deal of plans. Cena was then going to be thrust into the WWE World Title scene, but he obviously got hurt himself and was unable to compete. Due to the changing landscape, the match with Shane was made. That left the theory open that Undertaker might want that one final match with a big name to occur.
According to Daily Wrestling News, Undertaker was pulled from most of his U.K. tour dates. He is still advertised for tag matches in London and Newcastle on April 19 and 20 respectively. He has been giving the impression that he is done for now however, and that this past WrestleMania was his last. Vince McMahon is still very confident that he can get Taker to work at least one more WrestleMania event, which is obviously WrestleMania 33.
In the past, Vince has been able to sway Undertaker into returning for something by giving him time for a bit after he finishes up. When it gets closer to WrestleMania time, Vince hopes the itch will be back for The Deadman and it usually has been. There is scheduled to be some sort of John Cena WWE World Title reign at some point this year or early next year. If this occurs, many believe he very well could put the title on the line against The Phenom at WrestleMania 33.
This would give Taker one last WrestleMania, in a huge match, for the biggest prize in the business. From all reports, it does seem WWE is really going to push for Cena/Taker next year. It makes the most sense and both men have been wanting to make it happen for years. It almost did this past year.
The match alone might sway Undertaker for Vince, especially if he does this closer to the event. WrestleMania 33 takes place in Orlando, Florida, and not Dallas, Texas, though. Some think that Undertaker may never want to do a “one last match” scenario just because he doesn’t want to have that pressure on him if he wants to get back in the ring at any point, he can do it without offending a talent that he was supposed to have his last match against. This theory has made sense due to so many people retiring and coming out of retirement.
However, you cannot beat going out in your match, at your event, in your home state. The match lived up to the hype for many and a moment will be etched in our minds from the event for years to come. It was a good way to go out if The Undertaker wants to call it quits there. Something can be said for the call to perform at WrestleMania though. We certainly should not count Vince McMahon out on having The Deadman return to WWE for yet another WrestleMania event.
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